June 17, 2019 Destiny 2’s daily player count is regularly topping a million.
Destiny 2 player counts are seeing another jump in the wake of Season of Opulence and Bungie’s announcements about Shadowkeep and the game’s future. This week, the game’s regularly seeing more than one million daily active players combined across Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.
The total daily population for June 16 sits at 1.01 million, with 963,000 players in PvE, 472,000 in Crucible, 319,000 in Gambit, and 139,000 raiding. (Obviously, some players are hopping into multiple activity types.) The data comes from the Charlemagne bot (via Pyro Gaming) and is pretty consistent over the past week – though naturally, the weekends are slightly more populous than weekdays.
More broadly, we know that Destiny encompassed around six million monthly active users by the end of 2018 – just before Bungie bought back the rights to the series and split with Activision. The publisher reported in recent financial results a loss of 12 million monthly active users over the previous quarter, and “around half” of that number is accounted for by the loss of the series.
“The company had 345 million monthly active users in Q1,” COO Collister Johnson said in a conference call, as noted by VGC. “Activision monthly active users were 41 million, with around half of the quarterly sequential decline due to the exclusion of Destiny monthly active users.”
These numbers cover the game across all its platforms, and note that Johnson appears to be talking about Destiny as a whole – not just Destiny 2. While most players have likely moved on to the sequel, lingering frustrations about Destiny 2’s launch and the sheer volume of platforms the original was released on likely mean there’s still a respectable playerbase there.
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We noted back in September, after Forsaken’s launch, that Destiny Tracker daily user counts reported 1.3 million Crucible players and 2.6 million PvE. Though the website pulled down its daily population tracker in favour of only showing current numbers on the front page, we can still track Forsaken’s effect through the Wayback Machine. The last previous copy of Destiny Tracker’s front page comes from August 28, with a count 462,000 Crucible players and 767,000 PvE players.