Activision announced during an earnings call that Destiny 2 has not been selling well and the game’s core audience have basically left to pursue greener pastures elsewhere.
Gamespot is reporting that during the latest earnings call, Activision Publishing CEO Collister “Coddy” Johnson explained…
“While forsaken is a high-quality expansion with strong engagement and new modes of play, it did not achieve our commercial expectations. And there is still work to do to fully re-engaged the core Destiny fanbase.
“[…] We have not yet seen the full core re-engage in Destiny, which has kind of led to the underperformance against expectations to date. Some players we think are still in ‘wait and see’ mode. If you’re in, you’re deeply engaged. If you’re not, we’re hoping now’s the time to bring players back in and win them back.”
This comes shortly after the release of the Destiny 2: Forsaken expansion, featuring the death of Cayde-6. While the content was received with generally favorable reviews from game journalists and actual gamers alike, it wasn’t enough to convince the core demographic to pick up a copy and return to playing Destiny 2.
This is a prophecy being fulfilled by market analysts who predicted this outcome due to the fact that the performance of the game was waning in light of a rapidly decreasing amount of gamers actually playing the game.
The drop-off was inevitable due to the fact that Bungie and Activision constantly and consistently kept gypping players with the microtransactions and glimmer caps, as well as the whole XP scandal where Activision tried to get more people buying XP pots from the cash shop so they capped the XP gains for hardcore players.
The game has been doomed since its launch due to all the schemes and busywork that Activision has been up to in order to nickel and dime gamers every step of the way. Some people actually had enough common sense to go play better games like Warframe or Fortnite.
The common expectation now is that Activision will get more aggressive with releasing new content for Destiny 2, along with pumping out more microtransactions to help compensate for the game’s lack-luster performance.