Destiny 2: Biggest Console Game Launch Week This Year, Tops Original in Digital Sales and Engagement
Destiny 2 on PS4 and Xbox One breaks franchise records in digital sales and concurrent players, while also earning the biggest launch week of any console game so far this year.
Developer Bungie and publisher Activision have announced that Destiny 2, which launched last week on September 6th for PS4 and Xbox One, is the new biggest console game launch week so far this year, and that it has surpassed the original’s records for “engagement” and digital sales in said opening week.
According to Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision, Destiny 2 saw franchise pre-order records broken, record day-one performance on PlayStation Store, and the highest ever week-one concurrency for the franchise.
Bungie CEO, Pete Parsons adds that more specifically Destiny 2 saw more than one million concurrent players eight days in row, something the CEO said “is equal parts inspiring and humbling.”
Further, for the third year in a row, Destiny is the number one console-only game viewed on Twitch in terms of minutes watched, which (including the two betas) has more than 600 million minutes racked up on the streaming platform already. Then on September 13th when the game’s first raid went live, it shot to the No.1 position on Twitch based on total concurrent viewers.
Destiny 2 is available on PS4 and Xbox One at a variety of price-points. First you have the standard edition for $59.99 USD. Then you have the Expansion Pass Bundle, which runs at $89. 99, as well as a Digital Deluxe Edition featuring “premium digital content” for $99.99. Lastly, you have a Limited Edition also for $99.99 , and the $249.99 Collector’s Edition to top it all off.
In addition to PS4 and Xbox One, Destiny 2 is still poised to hit PC next month on the 24th, which will mark the first time the franchise has appeared on the platform.
In other recent and related news, Destiny’s mysterious Exotic dealing Xur has returned today for the the first time in the new sequel. Meanwhile, the game’s first DLC, Curse of Osiris has already been confirmed.
If you’re playing Destiny 2 and are clan-less, be sure to join the official DualShockers clan, home of the sexiest Warlocks this side of the Traveler.