Even though Destiny 2 has been putting out some impressive numbers, new reports appear to suggest that Bungie’s latest shooter has sold significantly fewer physical copies that its predecessor. In the United States, physical game sales for Destiny 2 declined more than 50 percent in the month of September versus the first month of the original Destiny release.
These statistics are unable to account for digital sales, but it seems that Destiny 2 is faltering with its physical release in comparison to the title that birthed the franchise. This could well be due to the fact that Destiny 2 is available on fewer platforms at present, as the original Destiny launched across two generations of gaming hardware, as well as the growth in the use of digital storefronts in general.
Wedbush analyst Michael Pachter called the Destiny 2 sales “underwhelming” in a recent report, published on Friday. The experienced analyst had predicted that the game would sell 37 percent better than current statistics indicate, and Activision Blizzard has not yet revealed how much of the shooter’s success is based on digital sales.
It’s also worth noting that the game is still yet to release on PC, and many Destiny fans may still be holding off on purchasing the title while it’s still exclusive to console. The majority of PC sales are likely to be digital however, so the physical sales numbers probably won’t see too much increase next month.
When asked to comment on the sales of its newest release, Activision Blizzard responded:
The original Destiny became the biggest new console video game franchise launch in history, and Destiny 2 surpassed the original’s records for engagement and digital sales in launch week. The Destiny universe will welcome a new community of players for the first time on PC on October 24.
It seems that the publisher is more than comfortable with the MMO-inspired shooter’s current level of success, despite the claims that the title isn’t selling too well. Although Destiny 2 has been praised for being a significant improvement over the first game, players aren’t too happy with how Bungie has handled the game’s endgame content.
With the original Destiny, the game only really came into its element with the release of its later DLC expansions. If this is going to be the case with the title’s sequel too, then it’s a good thing the Destiny director is already asking players for ideas for upcoming content.
Destiny 2 is out now for PS4 and Xbox One, and releases on October 24, 2017 for PC.