Activision: "Destiny Is Not Performing As Well As We'd Like"

Destiny 2: Forsaken Failed To Meet Sales Targets

Speaking during its latest earnings call overnight, Activision revealed that sales of Destiny 2: Forsaken have not met the company's expectations.

It may have pleased critics but Activision worry that even after Forsaken they still have to "fully re-engage the core Destiny fanbase".

"We have not yet seen the full core re-engage in Destiny, which has kind of led to the underperformance against expectations to date", Johnson said.

While Destiny 2's Forsaken expansion seemed to get critics back onboard with the game, it apparently hasn't been doing the business for Activision's bottom line. This could be troublesome as although Destiny 2's current microtransactions are relatively unoffensive at the moment we could see a shift to more aggressive tactics.

"Destiny 2" active players grew over the past quarter thanks to the release of expansion Forsaken, but Activision Blizzard still isn't happy with its sales, so it made a decision to give the game away for two weeks, the company's CEO and president told analysts during an earnings call this week.


Players will also have access to the original Leviathan raid and the Crucible multiplayer mode.

Like it or not, nearly any AAA game nowadays has some sort of microtransactions built in to make the publisher more money than just the initial game purchase. So when you're in, you're deeply engaged.

Presently, Destiny 2 uses Silver as its in-game currency.

Battle.net also has the PC version of Destiny 2 available for free until November 18, which potentially signal lackluster sales. When you're in, you're deeply engaged, and if you're not, we're hoping now's the time. What's more, monthly active users for the Destiny franchise grew quarter-over-quarter and year-over-year for the period ended September 30.

At, issue, Johnson believes, isn't whether "Destiny 2's" expansion is any good, but that people aren't willing to buy the base game to then pay for it.

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