Destiny 2 sales down 50% in U.S. compared to original game

Despite being the product many fans hoped the original Destiny would be in 2014 and all around a good sequel to Bungie’s shared world shooter, it appears that Destiny 2 is under performing when compared to its predecessor at retail.

Physical game sales of Destiny 2 in the U.S. were down 50% compared to the original game’s launch in September 2014. This of course, does not take digital downloads into consideration so that could close the gap. Close it by 50%? I don’t think so personally.

For reference, the first Destiny shipped in September 2014 on PS4, PS3, Xbox One and Xbox 360. The PC version of Destiny 2 is coming out this month, on October 24th. These Destiny 2 numbers are based only off sales of the PS4/Xbox One versions since there is no 360/PS3 version of the second game.

Additionally, Destiny sold 2.7M copies at U.S. retailers in September 2014 so Destiny 2 has to be somewhere around half that, 1.35M more or less.

Pre-release, Bungie and Activision had said that Destiny 2 pre-orders were outpacing the original game, something that always seemed fishy to me. The original game had a hugely successful commercial launch, largely due to being the first new IP by Bungie since Halo CE in 2001 and being the first big new IP on PS4 and Xbox One.

We’ll have to wait and see how Destiny 2 fares when the PC version releases but as is, it does look like the sequel isn’t grabbing as many fans as the original. Still, its not like its selling badly, just on a decline.