Activision Blizzard held its first quarter earnings call yesterday with investors. While the company's first quarter earnings improved from last year some investors wanted to know more about the state of Destiny. Activision Blizzard said it will to support Bungie's MMOFPS and also hinted at a dynamic new mode in the major fall update. But will it be enough?
Destiny 2 remains the black sheep of Activision Blizzard's winning portfolio, which includes hits like Call of Duty, Overwatch, and Crash Bandicoot. During the call, Activision Blizzard heads praised the commitment of the fans to the series, even if they are critical of it saying that the criticism also shows their dedication to Destiny.
When it comes to actual plans, Activision deferred to announcements planned for this year's E3, but repeated general sentiments we've heard from Bungie. Namely that the endgame will have more content and players will feel more powerful. However, COO Coddy Johnson also revealed an "incredibly engaging" new mode that has a "whole new style of play."
This isn't just for Destiny 2 either apparently. The mode will be new to first-person shooter gaming in general. So we can probably cross off a battle royale mode, which is supposedly being implemented into Call of Duty: Black Ops 4.
The new mode will be revealed at E3 this year. The mode is already being playtested according to Johnson, who said that community content creators were invited a couple weeks ago to try out the new mode. Apparently the reception was "positive" though again we'll have to wait and see what exactly the mode is.
We know Destiny 2 didn't start 2018 in the best place. During Activision's investor briefing Destiny 2 was conspicuously absent from the company's audience growth infographic. We also highlighted some of the fixes Destiny 2 needed to win back players. But with the new Warmind expansion days away, and interesting balance and sandbox fixes planned, it will be an interesting E3 for Destiny for sure.