The sad thing is that Forsaken might be the best bit of content Bungie has put out for Destiny.
Destiny 2 was a bit of a mess at launch, but much like with the original Destiny and The Taken King, Forsaken, which launched a few months ago, ended up addressing most of those flaws, and overhauling the game into a condition that most fans still playing the game are actually very happy with.
In spite of that, however, it looks like Bungie and Destiny may have burned away too much of their goodwill. In their earnings call today, Activision admitted that Destiny 2: Forsaken has not met their internal sales expectations, committing to continue exploring more ways to expand the game’s reach.
“While Forsaken is a high-quality expansion with strong engagement and new modes of play, it did not achieve our commercial expectations, and there’s still work to do to fully reengage the core Destiny fan base,” said Collister Johnson, president and COO of Activision Blizzard.
The question here is what those ways will end up being—Destiny 2, for example, was a clear attempt to dilute the Destiny experience and get more people into the game, and it’s widely reviled as the low point of a franchise with a great many low points. One can only hope that Activision and Bungie won’t pull off a stunt that will piss off fans again.
Destiny 2: Forsaken is out now on PS4, Xbox One, and PC.