Activision Blizzard held its quarterly financial review today and it seemed like a down quarter for the company. Activision did not mince words, especially when it came to Destiny 2 which despite launching the major Forsaken update "underperformed" for Activision.
In a call with investors Activision announced that monthly active users for Destiny 2 grew quarter-over-quarter and year-over-year thanks to the Forsaken expansion. However, Forsaken still underperformed Activision's expectations. "Some of our other franchises like Destiny are not performing as well as we'd like," the company said during the call.
Destiny 2 has had a rocky trajectory ever since its launch in 2017. Despite a hyped-up launch, players just didn't resonate with Destiny 2's streamlined approach to the franchise, microtransaction practices, and gameplay adjustments. Many said Destiny 2 failed its fanbase.
Like "The Taken King" expansion for the first Destiny, Forsaken was supposed to lead Destiny 2 into its second year after months of incremental, quality-of-life changes. Forsaken added better rewards, a new raid, and robust endgame content and we reviewed parts of Forsaken positively.
Still Activision is rallying for Destiny to pick up steam. Activision believes Destiny fans are in a "wait-and-see" state with the series right now which Activision is hoping to capitalize on. This could explain why Activision offered Destiny 2 for free on both PC and PS Plus in recent months.
Whatever the case, Destiny 2 is still not in the best position at Activision right now and the company knows it. How this news affects Destiny 2's development going forward is unclear.
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