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Destiny 2 has never had as few players as it did in February 2024 on Steam. From the already low value in January 2024, it fell by another 16.5%. This was at its lowest level since the Steam release in October 2019. Compared to the previous year, the loot shooter lost 72.7% of its players. MeinMMO author Schuhmann investigates the reasons.

This was the lowest level so far:

  • Destiny 2 had its lowest number of players to date on Steam in November 2023. At that time, the game had an average of 33,486 players – but at least had a high of 94,423.
  • As of February 2024, the average number of players on Steam was now 32,567.
  • Worrying: The peak number of simultaneously active players was also lower than ever before at 46,511.

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Why is that? The reason for the low point is obvious: Bungie has broken its expansion rhythm.

Activision Blizzard actually intended that Destiny should receive two DLCs spread over the year and a major expansion in the fall of a year or even a new part.

With Destiny 2, Bungie – without the help of Activision Blizzard – changed this cycle to “one big expansion a year” from 2018. Paid seasons should also appear:

  • In 2019 and 2020, the “big expansions” were released in the fall.
  • Witch Queen, however, was released in February 2022 – supposedly they wanted to avoid the strong shooter releases in the fall of a year, i.e. games like Battlefield or Call of Duty
  • The low-quality expansion Destiny 2: Lightfall came out in February 2023

But even this pace could no longer be maintained with “The Final Shape” and the expansion had to be postponed from February 2024 to June 2024. There were layoffs at Bungie.

Content drought for a game that constantly needs replenishment

That's the problem: This four-month delay in the schedule has now resulted in a noticeable content drought for a game that was actually designed to receive new content every 4 months and that already felt like Bungie was stretching and stretching with the new season model Content.

Now that Destiny 2 was supposed to get a boost again with the new DLC, there was a significant drop in player numbers.

Compared to March 2023, Destiny 2 has currently lost 73% players on average. This means figuratively: out of 4 people who played Destiny 2 a year ago, only one is still playing today.

No wonder that people at Sony – like Activision Blizzard before them – are dissatisfied with Bungie and how they run their business.

This is the bitter thing: The last 2 major upheavals at Destiny developer Bungie were always linked to the promise that Destiny 2's situation would improve:

But both developments had negative consequences for Destiny 2 in retrospect. One can now fear that Bungie just wants to finish “Destiny” somehow and is already concentrating on its new games like Marathon.

The team wants to bridge the time until the release of “The Final Shape” with events:

Destiny 2 wants to inspire veterans and free players again with a big event – ​​we know that

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