Destiny 2 physical sales declined 50 percent over the original in the US
According to a report by CNBC, Destiny 2's sales are "below expectations and faltering" in comparison to the first game.
While this data only takes into account physical game sales in the United States, physical sales declined more than 50 percent in the month of September compared to the 2014 release of the original game.
Though there are many factors that contribute to game sales, the decrease in physical sales to this degree is still concerning. After speaking with various analysis, CNBC concluded that "even if (...) digital sales are up significantly versus the original (Destiny), it is highly likely overall sales will still be down materially compared to the first title."
The original Destiny released on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 which had huge established player bases, ergo, enhancing sales. However, since, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 console sales have increased dramatically too. Destiny 2 only launched on Xbox One and PlayStation 4, with a pending Windows PC release on October 24, 2017. The combination of the lack of last-generation support and an upcoming Windows PC version could lead to a decrease in sales, with a higher-fidelity version on the horizon. It's unclear if this would be offset by the increase in current-generation console sales. There are a number of factors which could be influencing how many people pick up the game but disappointment in the first title should also be considered.
Many gamers had issues with the game's "grindy" repetition and convoluted progression system. Bungie eventually reworked the title but still, many were turned away after this time. On Xbox One players were also held back by a marketing deal, which withheld content from the platform until late 2017. Many people felt that this was unfair which resulted in more people turning away from the game. While there's no way to ascertain exact figures, the original Destiny didn't have a smooth ride, and some of that sentiment may have carried across to its sequel.
After the Windows PC release sales might pick up but we have no way of knowing how much. We'll just have to wait and see until October 24 and after. Just like in the United Kingdom, Destiny 2 witnessed a significant drop in the United States which could be attributed to a lot of different factors, but we have to give Destiny 2 more time in order to correctly judge its success or failure in comparison to the prequel.
Destiny 2 is a great game and a lot of fun if you have the right team. Be sure to check our our review and the game at retailers. Destiny 2 costs around $50 on Amazon but is priced at at $59.99 on the Microsoft Store.
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