Not everyone loves Destiny 2, but whatever its post-release controversies, there’s no escaping that the game is a big hit.
This time last week news broke that Destiny 2 had only sold half the amount of physical copies as its predecessor in the UK. However, this only tells part of the story. On September 6th the game also broke the global record for day one sales on the PlayStation Store.
We don’t have exact numbers, but it appears that many players eschewed the disc format this time around, perhaps in recognition of Destiny 2’s digitally evolving nature.
Destiny 2’s success was further confirmed when the game clocked up over 1.2 million concurrent players during its first weekend. Last week’s Leviathan raid was also popular on Twitch, reaching No.1 for total concurrent views, some of whom were the fine folks at Bungie.
Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision, said in a press statement:
“With franchise pre-order records broken, and record day-one performance on PlayStation Store, it’s exciting to see engagement at the highest ever week-one concurrency for the franchise. Destiny 2 is off to a strong start as the #1 console gaming launch week of the year to date. With the PC version yet to ship, Destiny 2 sets the stage for being one of the biggest video game entertainment events of the year.”
Bungie’s CEO, Pete Parsons, added:
“We hit some great milestones this week with our community. We are blown away that we’ve had eight days in a row in Destiny 2 where we’ve seen more than one-million concurrent players grace our worlds. It’s equal parts inspiring and humbling, and we’re looking forward to showing everyone what’s coming next!”
Destiny 2 will be released on PC on October 24th, where it will be the first non-Blizzard game to be offered digitally via Battle.net.