Following Activision’s suggestion that Destiny 2 has fallen in need of gross sales expectations, Bungie has come ahead to defend the sport’s success.- Advertisement -
“We aren’t upset with Forsaken,” stated Destiny 2 director Luke Smith via Twitter. “We got down to construct a recreation that Destiny gamers would love, and at Bungie, we find it irresistible too. Building Destiny for gamers who find it irresistible is and can stay our focus going ahead.”
Interestingly, Smith does not appear to be commenting on Destiny 2‘s precise gross sales. Instead, he appears to be specializing in how creatively happy Bungie is with Destiny 2‘s Forsaken growth. While that growth has been properly obtained, the unique feedback from Publisher Activision steered they are not proud of how Destiny 2 is promoting.
“We haven’t but seen the total core re-engage in Destiny, which has sort of led to the underperformance in opposition to our expectations so far,” stated Activision COO Coddy Johnson throughout a latest earnings name. “Some gamers we expect are nonetheless in wait-and-see mode. So once you’re in, you are deeply engaged. If you are not, we’re hoping now’s the time to carry gamers again in and win them again.”
Johnson truly touches on a number of fascinating factors there. First off, it actually does really feel like the issue with Destiny 2 by way of its gross sales is the truth that a lot of those that initially obtained into Destiny did not actually hassle to make the leap to Destiny 2. Ever since Destiny 2 was introduced, many puzzled if followers in every single place have been going to be prepared to desert the entire progress they’d made in Destiny in favor of beginning over contemporary and buying a brand new recreation (plus expansions) once more. It seems that fairly a number of gamers could not have made that leap.
The different phrase Johnson used that’s vital to concentrate to is “wait-and-see mode.” He’s primarily saying that the idea is that gamers are nonetheless ready to listen to if Destiny 2 turns into a must-play recreation. So far as that goes, we do have to wonder if or not there might be anybody launch or occasion that catapults Destiny 2 to that degree following its considerably rocky launch. Many individuals say that the sport’s Forsaken growth is the very best in franchise historical past, nevertheless it appears even that hasn’t been sufficient to raise the sport’s participant rely to the degrees Activision was anticipating.
This all actually helps to clarify why Activision/Bungie has been making a gift of Destiny 2 at no cost on PC and elsewhere, nevertheless it does not actually reply questions concerning the place Destiny goes from right here. We’re going to imagine that there is going to be another main Destiny 2 growth earlier than Bungie begins making ready for Destiny 3. Even if it is nearly as good of an growth as Forsaken was, will that be sufficient to attract gamers again in? Don’t overlook that Destiny‘s previously area of interest market is getting extra crowded with the upcoming launch of Anthem and the continued success of free-to-play different, Warframe.
As for Bungie, insiders have hinted that the studio desires to make Destiny 3 extra “hardcore” in an effort to appease the collection’ largest followers, however declining gross sales numbers could drive them to attraction to a wider vary of gamers.
Matthew Byrd is a employees author for Den of Geek. He spends most of his days making an attempt to pitch deep-dive analytical items about Killer Klowns From Outer Space to an more and more perturbed collection of editors. You can learn extra of his work right here or discover him on Twitter at @SilverTuna014.