It’s no secret that 2023 is not Destiny 2This is the strongest year. However, the last 30 days have been exceptionally bad, with the game seeing an all-time high of players on Steam. Data on the game’s console players is harder to come by. However, its poor performance on Steam could indicate broader problems for Bungie.
Destiny 2 is having its worst month on Steam
According to SteamCharts, Destiny 2 averaged 34,297 concurrent players over the past 30 days. This is the lowest since the game arrived on Steam in 2019. The game’s peak monthly player count was also its worst ever, at just 59,076. This is down from 68,148 in October and 145,390 in September. The game saw its popularity in March 2023, averaging 135,102 and peaking at 312,925. Since then, the number of concurrent players on Destiny 2 has seen a fairly steady decline.
It’s no secret that Destiny 2 doesn’t work as well as it used to or as well as its developer would like. Bungie recently admitted that Destiny 2 was underperforming and that the game had been bleeding players for some time. However, these new lows demonstrate just how bleak the situation is, especially with Bungie already facing significant layoffs.
Notably, the game’s rapidly declining popularity represents a significant reversal from the growth it saw in early 2023. In fact, the game’s all-time peak of 316,651 concurrent players occurred in February, around the exit of Destiny 2The Lightfall extension from . Players’ disaffection with Lightfall is likely the biggest contributor to their disinterest in the game.
Meanwhile, there hasn’t been much news on the rumored Destiny movie or TV show. The same upcoming expansion of Season of the Witch and Taken Shape has the potential to reinvigorate the player base. However, Taken Shape will also mark Destiny 2’s transition from seasons to episodic content, which some believe will lead to further loss of players.