During a recent earnings call Activision have admitted that Destiny 2 is ” not performing as well as we’d like,” despite the recent acclaimed release of the Forsaken expansion.
Forsaken is by the far the best thing to happen to the franchise, we gave it a glorious 9/10 in our review. The big problem, according to Activision, is that the hardcore fans who have been with franchise since launch, were not engaged when Destiny 2 hit the shelves and have not been lured back by Forsaken.
“We have not yet seen the full core re-engage in Destiny,” said Activision COO Coddy Johnson, “which has led to the underperformance against expectations to date. Some players are in ‘wait and see’ mode. If you’re in, you’re deeply engaged. If not, we think now’s the time to bring players back.”
The news lead to another hit on Activision’s share price which had already taken a battering due to the Diablo PR disaster. The publishers was once one of the most prolific in video gaming but their line up for next year includes just one game, From Software’s Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, although presumably there will be another Call of Duty.
The base game for Destiny 2 is currently free on PC, and was free on PlayStation Plus a few months ago. Activision also announced that Forsaken would include the two year one expansions for Destiny 2, as previously they had to be bought separately before you could buy Forsaken.