Destiny 2: Forsaken did not meet sales goals says Activision

Alonzo Simpson
November 10, 2018

Indeed, in our own impressions, we noted the expansion was some of the best content in the entire franchise. Destiny 2 might be in great shape right now in terms of general structure and gameplay, but people who have bounced off the game before aren't likely to come back until they're convinced that it's worth their time. As mentioned above, Destiny 2 did gangbusters in September, but this could also be a sign of Activision having extremely high expectations of the game despite an obvious lack of support in fully promoting it as they do their other properties.

During a recent earnings call Activision have admitted that Destiny 2 is " not performing as well as we'd like", despite the recent acclaimed release of the Forsaken expansion. To do this, Activision is also looking at new ways to engage players and earn more money through microtransactions, with the latter statement applying to all Activision franchises, not just Destiny 2: Forsaken.

Although there have been concerns about the increasing prevalence of microtransactions in Call Of Duty it's only in Destiny 2 that Activision has had any real controversy with in-game purchases.

Activision has already been implementing that exact strategy.

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"We have not yet seen the full core re-engage in Destiny, which has kind of led to the underperformance against expectations to date", Johnson went on.

Activision's heads think this is down to a chunk of the core Destiny audience being in "wait and see mode". If you're in, you're deeply engaged.

Destiny 2's not exactly in crisis though as the number of monthly active users still grew compared to both the last quarter and the a year ago - so it's not as if player numbers are falling. "If you're not, we're hoping now is the time to work and to bring players back in and to win them back".

Destiny 2 Black Armory is the next scheduled content drop for the game, which launches in December.

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