Update: Activision issued a rather cryptic statement about the game’s sales. They just said that Destiny 2 sold more than the digital sales of the original Destiny at launch. A spokesperson wrote, “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.”
Destiny 2 is off to a great start but it’s not the start that many expected. While we’ll have to wait until October to know NPD figures for the United States, in the meantime the United Kingdom sales are a good indication of how the game is doing. Well, the good news is that it’s the country’s biggest retail launch this year. The bad news is that sales are down nearly 60% from the original Destiny. Many gamers had issues with the original game, in particular its story and expensive expansions. The negative press associated with the game probably led to less people buying the sequel in the country. Usually the same applies to the United States but you never know.
According to figures, Destiny 2 sold 175,000 in the United Kingdom on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 during launch week. However, that’s a massive decrease from the 417,000 units its prequel sold on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 in 2014. Definitely shocking but not really surprising. Bungie lost a lot of customers with the pricing of the game and how it denied content to Xbox One owners. Hopefully as the weeks and months go by, Destiny 2 will regain some of those consumers because it’s much better than its predecessor in every way. Only time will tell though. We all expected a decrease in sales but didn’t expect it to be this severe.