Destiny 2's newest content season, The Season of Opulence, seems to be bringing players back into Bungie's live-service shooter. Player counts jumped to over one million daily active users across all three major consoles following the new season.
According to the Charlemagne Bot (thanks, Pyro Gaming), the Destiny 2 population over the weekend hit 1.01 million players. Bungie doesn't officially reveal player count information, but according to unofficial trackers, Destiny 2 hasn't hit over a million daily users since Forsaken was released last year.
Without official numbers it's hard to determine exactly how the overall health of Destiny 2 has been fluctuating. But we know from financial briefings during Bungie's partnership with Activision that Destiny 2 was bleeding users. Bungie has since parted ways with Activision and is publishing Destiny 2 independently for the first time in franchise history.
Season of Opulence was released earlier this month and introduces several quality of life changes, along with a new PvE mode called the Menagerie. But that might not be the only reason why players are jumping back into Destiny 2.
Before E3, Bungie announced key changes coming to the Destiny 2 franchise. Not only is there a new expansion on the way called Shadowkeep, but cross-save is finally coming to all platforms, including PS4. Destiny 2's base game content plus year one expansions are also going free-to-play later this year.
All of this could have contributed to Destiny 2's sudden player growth, as lapsed Guardians could be coming back to level up their characters before cross-save is officially introduced. The pre-E3 presentation also could've spurred interest in the series from new players who may have skipped the sequel.
It's also possible that daily active users could grow even more when Destiny 2 does officially go free-to-play and becomes available on Steam. But we'll have to wait until September to see if that's true. In the meantime, interest in Destiny 2 seems to be returning at least for now.
Check out our Destiny 2 Season of Opulence guide for more info on the current season, and other big changes coming to Destiny 2.