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‘Destiny 2’ Breaks Sales and Twitch Records at Launch

Another franchise high for Destiny 2

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Bungie and Activision’s latest hit “Destiny 2” released on consoles on September 6, 2017, and the game has quickly become one of the best-selling titles of the year. The original “Destiny” launched in 2014, and at the time, it had the best new franchise launch in history for consoles. This week, “Destiny 2” surpassed the original’s records for engagement and digital sales in launch week.

Even more impressive is that the game hasn’t even launched on PC yet, which will be a franchise first this year. “Destiny 2” PC is available for pre-order now and is coming October 24 at retail and as the first non-Blizzard game to be offered digitally via Battle.net.

“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,” said Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision. “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.”

Bungie CEO, Pete Parsons, said, “We hit some great milestones this week with our community.” He added, “We are blown away that we’ve had eight days in a row in Destiny 2 where we’ve seen more than one-million concurrent players grace our worlds. It’s equal parts inspiring and humbling, and we’re looking forward to showing everyone what’s coming next!”

For the third year in a row, Destiny is the #1 console-only game viewed on Twitch by minutes watched. “Destiny 2,” including its two betas, had more than 600M minutes watched on Twitch before the raid, a fan-favorite, endgame, 6-player gameplay experience started. The raid, called “Leviathan,” went live for players on Sept. 13 and immediately shot to the #1 position on Twitch based on total concurrent viewers.

“Destiny 2” takes players on an epic journey across the universe to defend humanity from annihilation. The game welcomes new players to the universe, as well as those who have been devoted to the universe since the beginning, with an array of modes and activities to explore. In the story of “Destiny 2,” the last safe city on Earth has fallen and lay in ruins, occupied by a powerful new army. Players must master new abilities and weapons to reunite the city’s forces, stand together and fight back to reclaim their home.

In “Destiny 2,” every player creates their own character called a “Guardian,” humanity’s chosen protectors. Players can choose from playing the cinematic, story campaign, venturing into the expansive destinations to joining in cooperative modes including Strike missions. For competitive players, “Destiny 2” offers intense 4v4 multiplayer matches in ‘The Crucible’. An all-new, community-oriented feature to be implemented in Destiny 2 started rolling out on Tuesday, and is called the ‘Guided Games’ system and helps players find groups to team up with to tackle Destiny 2’s most challenging activities.

The standard “Destiny 2” ($59 is just one of the editions being released for the game, there is also the “Destiny 2 – Game + Expansion Pass Bundle” ($89 at Amazon), and the “Destiny 2 – Digital Deluxe Edition” featuring premium digital content ($99 at Amazon).at $99.99 SRP. The fanciest of editions is the Collector’s Edition ($249 at Amazon) featuring a fully-wearable Destiny 2 – Frontier Bag, Expansion Pass, premium digital content and a Cabal-themed Collector’s Box for $249.99 SRP.