Destiny 2’s daily player count is surging back to a million players

    
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Things were looking a little… dicey for Destiny 2 for a bit there, let’s be honest. But the good news is that all appears to be a thing of the past, as tracking numbers for the game’s daily population on June 16th sat at just over 1 million players involved in various activities within the game. That means that the Season of Opulence announcement and general word of mouth has been pushing player numbers higher once again.

The game has been in a tumultuous state following the re-acquisition of Destiny 2 by Bungie and the split from Activision last year, but the fact that the daily player count is high and stabilizing once again should be cause for celebration among the fanbase. We would be remiss not to note that Activision specifically cited the loss of Destiny 2 as one of the causes for a drop in users in a recent earnings call, so while the future looks bright for Bungie, it now seems like a more appreciable loss for the company.

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Nick // Genghis

I have so many friends that are going back to playing it, but I played SO much in that first year and… I wish I could enjoy it, but I play for awhile and ask myself why I’m playing this still.

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Shadex De'Marr

The cash shop is going to make or break this one for me. Right now the prices for silver items are insane. How is paying real cash for four skins or emotes worth the same amount of money as buying an entire expansion? Many of these items cost up to $10 to buy.

Unless they a) seriously lower the price of silver items to around $2-3 a piece or b) make every silver purchase item obtainable through game play and bright engrams as well this is not going to go anywhere. I love you Bungie but launching with an aggressive and whale heavy cash shop is not going to put D2 back on the map. It will make it another cautionary tale.

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John Mynard

Heh, if you think this is high, go take a look at the BDO shop. Outfits are $30 over there and that’s assuming you don’t also need to buy the $10 undergarments to make it look right.

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rafael12104

Heh. Wait until the September surge when the DLC drops and D2 goes free to play.

I’m loving this. I’m confident Activision did not “envision” this. Bungie is making the right moves so far and with this renewed enthusiasm the game and studio are on track to realize what Activision thought they were buying a few years ago.

The key ingredient? Heh, no micromanagement from Acti/Blizz.

Acti/Blizz and their investors are now realizing something too.
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Sray

But Bungie, at 900+ employees, had problems maintaining the pace needed to produce new content in a timely manner. This last year they had 2 full size AAA studios (300+ employees each) backing them up in order to produce enough content. Without Activision-Blizzard resources can they come remotely close to being able to keep up?

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rafael12104

It’s a good question. We will soon find out, I suppose. But I do think it is notable that D2 is in much better shape today than it was before the separation.

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Sray

Still, that’s due in large part to the work of Vicarious Visions and High Moon, as the separation wasn’t as simple as “it’s over” and all of Activision’s support disappeared: those studios still continued working on Destiny for months; they might even still be working on some final projects for Bungie before the actual separation occurs.

I’m not trying to dump on Bungie or say ActiBlizz are a bunch of great guys (definitely not), but this last year of Destiny 2 was created by enough people to develop 4 or 5 mega budget triple A games, and they’re losing a major portion of that now. I personally see a big fall expansion followed by sparse, middling updates over the following twelve months, and we all end up in the same place as we were last January: bitching and whining about there not being enough to do and how slow Bungie is to fix things.

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Bannex

Gambit is really a fun game mode. It doesn’t get enough credit imo

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NeoWolf

I wonder if they sent a thank you card to the Anthem studio? lol

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Reht

Probably should have, my friends and i are giving it a go again because of Anthem.

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PurpleCopper

So I take it that Destiny 3 won’t be coming out any time soon?

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Greaterdivinity

Now that they’re free of their Activision contract, I imagine now. I don’t think they’ve announced any shifts, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they either canned it entirely and just kept supporting Destiny 2 or at least push Destiny 3 out so they have more time to work on it while supporting Destiny 2.

But with the business model shift I’m inclined to think that they’re planning around much longer term support for Destiny 2 right now. The sequel plan never made a lick of sense to begin with.

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rafael12104

Agreed. It may be a little early to tell, but if things go well in September and D2’s trajectory continues upward, Bungie will maintain if not extend the life of D2.

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Danny Smith

Season of Opulence might seem as content light as the other seasonal updates but in terms of story, balance and boss fights it feels much improved. So far not a single case of “we make every boss do a stomp because we literally dont know how to deal with the players mobbing the boss in melee range as a shooter dev” and the menageries lack of a fail state, better gameplay only makes it go faster, with open matchmaking is nice. The forges are already dead, not everyone likes the pvp aspect of gambit but menagerie feels like Archons Forge in Rise of Iron again. Its a shame its locked behind the paywall in the f2p build because honestly stuff like escalation protocol or the infinite forest just arent as interesting.

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Greaterdivinity

I’ve gotta say, this may be one of the first major games that I can remember announcing a F2P transition that wasn’t largely shit on by its community and media. Usually there’s a healthy does of side-eye and skepticism, but this time (based on what I’ve seen, which is far from everything) it’s far more positive overall.

I wasn’t ever planning on coming back, especially with all the games I’m juggling right now, but damn if this positivity isn’t making me want to jump back in and bring my brother along for the ride this time.

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Ashfyn Ninegold

Destiny 2 was the biggest joke of BlizzCon 18 for me (up until that other thing happened). They gave it away for free. Just log in to Battle.net and download. That had me laughing. It wasn’t even a Blizz game and they were flogging it. Gawd, it must be really, really bad. So, naturally, I downloaded it.

Some time later . . .

I’ve played the socks off it. Eagerly awaiting it’s migration to Steam, although I have no problem playing it on Battle.net. I’m not the least bit surprised it’s player base has jumped up. Now that we know it’s going to survive the split from Activision, and where it will land, there’s no reason not to be all-in.

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nomadmorlock9

I have to agree. I gifted the complete collection to a friend and just started over with him last weekend. Game is really amazing. Can’t wait to see more RPG elements brought in.

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Schmidt.Capela

And this before it releases on Steam, transitions to F2P, and launches a new expansion, all of which will happen on September 17. Kinda impressive and points to a bright future if the game can keep its momentum until that.