Destiny 2’s Forsaken expansion allegedly tripled the game’s player count

Destiny 2’s Forsaken expansion allegedly tripled the game’s player count

Destiny 2 saw player counts triple following the release of its third expansion.

Third-party analytics site Destiny Tracker reports that as of yesterday, 1.4 million players were fighting it out in the Crucible (PvP) while 2.5 million were running PvE content. These numbers account for users across PC, PS4 and Xbox One.

While day-by-day stats are no longer available, PCGamesN did some digging to find that on August 28th, there were only 462,000 players running PvP, 767,000 in PvE. Forsaken launched on September 4th, the likely source of the huge boost in players.

The tracker also logged roughly 750,000 additional players to its total in the period between August 28th and now, from 9.8 million to 11 million.

It’s worth noting that Destiny 2 was also made available on PlayStation Plus around the time of Forsaken’s launch, bringing new fans to the game.

But as the total player jump doesn’t account for the daily active user spike, it appears Forsaken has also brought back a lot of older players - likely checking out the new content after taking time away from the pseudo-MMO.

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Natalie Clayton is an Edinburgh-based freelance writer and game developer. Besides PCGamesInsider and, she's written across the games media landscape and was named in the 2018 100 Rising Star list.


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