While Destiny 2’s Forsaken expansion seemed to get critics back onboard with the game, it apparently hasn’t been doing the business for Activision’s bottom line. During the publisher’s most recent earnings call, heads at Activision confirmed that Destiny 2: Forsaken has not met internal sales expectations.
During the call, Activision’s President and CEO, Coddy Johnson, explained to investors that “while Forsaken is a high-quality expansion with strong engagement”, it did “not achieve” sales expectations. Beyond that, Johnson also admitted that “there is still work to do” when it comes to re-engaging the core Destiny fanbase.
Bungie has been working on reviving Destiny 2 all year. The studio even invited some of Destiny’s top content creators to come in to help plan for the future. The Forsaken expansion was supposed to include a lot of the fixes to get the game back on track but it seems that a chunk of players have yet to be drawn back in.
Activision’s heads think this is down to a chunk of the core Destiny audience being in “wait and see mode”. With that in mind, Bungie will need to continue delivering on content updates and keeping current players happy in order to get positive buzz going once again. It’s not all bad news though, while Forsaken didn’t quite meet expectations, it did cause Destiny franchise sales to grow year-on-year.
KitGuru Says: There is a rumour going around that Destiny 3 is already in development but at this point, I think I’m done with the series. I thoroughly enjoyed Destiny 1 but the sequel and its first DLCs were devoid of the magic that kept me coming back the first time around. Perhaps Destiny 3 will change things but I have a feeling that many are just burnt out on the series at this point. Did many of you pick Destiny 2 back up when Forsaken dropped?