Destiny 2 has been out for just over one week and it has already broken multiple records. The first installment in the Destiny franchise hit last generation and current generation consoles three years ago, marking Bungie's first title release since breaking off their partnership with Microsoft Studios - and selling off the Halo franchise - years before. The game was highly anticipated and immensely popular upon release, so much that it sold a whopping $500 million worth of copies within its first day, thus making it the biggest new franchise launch in gaming history.
After several years and multiple expansion releases, Bungie has finally released the long-awaited second installment in the record-breaking franchise: Destiny 2, which is now available for PS4 and Xbox One; it doesn't release for PC until late October, unfortunately. The new title features several new additions to the Destiny franchise that weren't available in the original game, such as public events and the ability to freely explore each new planet. Of course, the strikes, raids, and crucible are what drew millions of people to purchase the game upon release.
Destiny 2 released on September 6 and it has already reached multiple milestones. In addition to outselling the original game in digital sales during its first week of release, Destiny 2 has featured more than one million players online concurrently. Furthermore, it has given the industry its biggest console launch week of the year thus far, as well as featured a record-breaking performance on the PlayStation Store. Unfortunately, specific sales numbers have yet to be revealed. Here's what Activision CEO Eric Hirshberg had to say on the matter:
"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. 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."
For those that don't own the game yet, or are waiting for the title to release on PC next month, they are able to watch others stream the game on Twitch. Thanks to the release of Leviathan - the game's first raid - earlier this week, Destiny 2 has been the most-watched console game on the streaming service.
It's worth noting that the above records are for consoles only, with one of them being specifically for the PlayStation. It shouldn't be surprising that Destiny 2 has performed well on the PS4 and PS4 Pro considering that Activision and Sony PlayStation share an unyielding development and marketing partnership, which includes timed-exclusive content such as specialized gear sets, a three-player strike mission, and a competitive multiplayer map. We'll just have to wait and see if Destiny 2 continues to break records throughout the holiday season.