Destiny 2 has proved to be something of a sales disappointment for Activision, as the company has announced the recent Forsaken expansion didn’t re-engage players with the franchise in the way it had hoped.
The publisher revealed this as part of its latest earnings report, confirming that they plan to “improve the pace of innovation and cadence of in-game content” going forward.
Activision’s Coddy Johnson explained during the earnings call:
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.
Fans of in-game spending will also be thrilled to learn that Activision is looking at new ways to engage players with Destiny 2 and encourage them to spend more money through microtransactions. Johnson confirmed this applies to all Activision franchises, and not just Destiny.
Johnson did confirm that those players who are playing Destiny 2 are deeply engaged with the game. The problem is that there’s just not enough of them right now.
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.
Destiny 2 failing to live up to Activision’s expectations will likely play a big role in the development of Destiny 3, which is rumoured to be in development at Bungie currently, and is set to go all in on the more hardcore RPG aspects of the franchise.
Looking to the more immediate future for now, the next expansion for Destiny 2 will be The Black Armory, which is set to launch in December.
Ewan Moore is a journalist at UNILAD Gaming who still quite hasn’t gotten out of his mid 00’s emo phase. After graduating from the University of Portsmouth in 2015 with a BA in Journalism & Media Studies (thanks for asking), he went on to do some freelance words for various places, including Kotaku, Den of Geek, and TheSixthAxis, before landing a full time gig at UNILAD in 2016.