Destiny may not exactly be a critical success. For some, it’s one of the biggest disappointments of the year. That, however, hardly matters. What’s really important is that people are still playing it, a month on. It might surprise you just how many are.
“Pioneering something new is never easy,” said Bungie community manager David Dague, otherwise known as Deej to the internet. “When we see the raw numbers, it’s easy for us to say that the destination was worth the journey.”
And those raw numbers tell us that 3.2 million people are still playing Destiny daily and that those people are putting in an average of 3 hours per day. According to Bungie:
- Destiny averages 3.2 million players each and every day!
- Average playtime is still right around 3 hours a day, even on weekdays, one month after launch.
- The average player plays Destiny 1.8 times a day.
- The average player has played Destiny 20.9 times.
- Over the past three weeks, we’ve had more players online in Destiny than we did during the same span for Halo 3 and Halo: Reach, combined.
3.2 million still people playing after month on isn’t bad at all. You do also have to realise that 4.6 million played the beta, and though Activision’s not released real sales figures, estimates put Destiny sales at around 6 million, so there’s been up to 50% drop-off in the first month. That’s probably quite a bit more than Bungie had hoped.
Still, I know I’d still be shooting everything if I didn’t have other gaming commitments. Bungie may have gotten quite a few things wrong with Destiny, but they certainly did something very very right.
Last Updated: October 13, 2014