Destiny 2 is 2017’s Biggest Game Launch So Far
Activision Blizzard knows a thing or two about setting sales records, and they announced today that Destiny 2 is the biggest launch of 2017 so far. Not only did the game break pre-order records, it also became the game with the most day one sales on the PlayStation Store. According to the publisher “the original Destiny became the biggest new console video game franchise launch in history, and Destiny 2 surpassed the original’s records for engagement and digital sales in launch week.” No exact numbers have been provided yet, so we’re gonna have to wait a bit for that.
“With franchise pre-order records broken, and record day-one performance on PlayStation Store, it’s exciting to see engagement at the highest ever week-one concurrency for the franchise. Destiny 2 is off to a strong start as the #1 console gaming launch week of the year to date,” said Activision’s CEO Eric Hirshberg. “With the PC version yet to ship, Destiny 2 sets the stage for being one of the biggest video game entertainment events of the year.”
Bungie’s CEO Pete Parsons also chimed in about the franchise-high number of concurrent players. “We hit some great milestones this week with our community. We are blown away that we’ve had eight days in a row in Destiny 2 where we’ve seen more than one-million concurrent players grace our worlds. It’s equal parts inspiring and humbling, and we’re looking forward to showing everyone what’s coming next!”
Activision also included some incredible numbers about Twitch streaming, which shows that the popularity doesn’t stop at simply playing the first-person shooter:
For the third year in a row, Destiny is the #1 console-only game viewed on Twitch by minutes watched. Destiny 2, including its two betas, had more than 600 [million] minutes watched on Twitch before the raid, a fan-favorite, endgame, 6-player gameplay experience started. The raid, called “Leviathan,” went live for players on Sept. 13 and immediately shot to the #1 position on Twitch based on total concurrent viewers.
Destiny 2 is available now for consoles, and is set to launch on PC next month on October 24.