Market analyst SuperData believes that Destiny 2 will be the biggest game on PC since Overwatch. Based on its own analytics-based metrics system, they predict more than three million copies of Destiny 2 will be sold within its first three months on sale. In total, they reckon digital sales in the first three months will be between 4 and 5 million copies on PC and consoles combined. Remember as well that the PC launch of Destiny 2 is some six weeks later than the console version.
SuperData has compiled its data from studying the original Destiny’s console sales, comparing it other AAA titles launching in the same time period, and factored in the impact of the widespread use of Blizzard’s Battle.net.
“As the buzz around specific titles continues to grow within the digital gaming industry as a whole, the Forecaster offers a unique starting point for those thinking about sales scenarios,” says Sam Barberie, VP of product and business development at SuperData Research. “By pairing this with the SuperData Arcade, the digital gaming industry can now have a clearer picture of what drives sales success and how their future releases could gain an advantage.”
Of course, none of this means anything if the final game is an absolute stinker, and gamers have shown with Mass Effect Andromeda that the name alone isn’t enough to be a success anymore. Couple that with the fact that the original Destiny had heaps of critics, and Destiny 2’s success is no sure run just yet.
This particular market analyst does also seem to have overlooked a little-known game called PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, which has shifted more than 4.5 million copies since its launch in late March. By our estimates that makes it the biggest PC game since Overwatch, and Destiny 2 has got its work cut out if it wants to surpass the beloved battle royale title.
Are you planning to pick up Destiny 2 on PC? Can you see it becoming the next long-term AAA success? Or will it ultimately fade away? Let us know!
Destiny 2 is out on September 6 for PS4 and Xbox One, and October 24 for PC.
Source: SuperData Research