Destiny 2 Reaches 1.2 Million Concurrent Players, But UK Physical Sales Are Down

Destiny 2 Reaches 1.2 Million Concurrent Players, But UK Physical Sales Are Down

When one wins and loses at the same time.

Destiny 2 is off to a great start, with players already to level cap and enjoying all of the available endgame content, like the timed Nightfall strikes. In fact, Bungie has confirmed that the game reached over 1.2 million concurrent players online over the weekend. The studio announced the numbers on Saturday, September 9, only three days after Destiny 2's launch.

That's across Xbox One and PlayStation 4, but 1.2 million concurrent players is nothing to scoff at. Activision Blizzard previously said that the Destiny 2 beta was ahead of the original title and said the game was scheduled to beat expectations.

Unfortunately, the early numbers seem to be a bit off, with physical first-week sales in the United Kingdom down nearly 58 percent from the original. There are a few factors in this situation. Destiny launched on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360, while the sequel is only launching the first two platforms. In addition, digital sales are much bigger piece of the pie now than they were in 2014.

Like other sequels though, it represents a downward trend in sales. Watch Dogs 2 was down 80 percent in the UK compared to the first game and Titanfall 2 was off almost 75 percent, despite both being better games overall.

Either way, Destiny 2 is a long-term project for Bungie, operating as a service, not just a game. There's also the PC version, which is scheduled to launch on October 24, 2017. There's currently no way to check how many players are anticipating that version and simply waiting it out. We'll see how Destiny 2 does in the coming weeks and months.

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Mike Williams

Reviews Editor

M.H. Williams is new to the journalism game, but he's been a gamer since the NES first graced American shores. Third-person action-adventure games are his personal poison: Uncharted, Infamous, and Assassin's Creed just to name a few. If you see him around a convention, he's not hard to spot: Black guy, glasses, and a tie.

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