Destiny 2 Losing Players Due To Microtransaction Woes

It's more than just the sequels serious lack of wizards on the moon causing these woes. 


Things are not looking good for Bungie's Destiny 2. It seems like they took things a step too far in their attempts to get players to spend more money on microtransactions and the backlash is catching up with their bottom line. According to a recent article by CNBC, Destiny 2 is seeing some dramatic drop-offs in active users and it's going to affect the Destiny 2's publisher Activision's add-on revenue for the year. 

Financial analyst Doug Creutz told his clients "Destiny 2 is struggling right now with player engagement appearing to be on the wane. We are a bit cautious that potentially disappointing live service revenue there could at least partially offset upside from CoD in 2018."

"We do think Bungie still has some opportunity to fix the game's problems over the next year and recapture engagement, but we're not sure they have the ability to pull it off at this point. We also note that Destiny currently has more serious competition in its genre from a refurbished Division and the indie title Warframe than it did three years ago when D1 had its own share of player dissatisfaction."

Creutz also sighted dropping numbers in the livestream community as a sign of the game's faltering popularity. Viewership is at an all-time low for the Destiny franchise with about 4,000-7,000 active viewers on a Friday afternoon. That's about 10,000 less than Destiny 1 would bring in at that same time of day. 

He went on to share what he feels are the four key reasons for the game's decline in popularity:

  • "Design decisions were made that have made D2 a less engaging, and less distinctive, game than D1. In particular, key aspects of the D2 endgame feel neutered compared to D1."
  • "Microtransaction implementation, while not nearly as problematic as in Star Wars Battlefront 2, has still been a source of player unhappiness."
  • "Bungie's apparent urgency in responding to player feedback has been disappointing."
  • "Until recently, Bungie did a poor job communicating its road map going forward, particularly compared to the more open stance of many other live service games."

Destiny 2's last expansion The Curse of Osiris was met with tepid response, but there's another expansion that should be coming around March. It's hard to say if it will be enough to turn things around after all the issues D2's already faced. 

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    January 25, 2018 1:30 PM

    Blake Morse posted a new article, Destiny 2 Losing Players Due To Microtransaction Woes

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      January 25, 2018 1:31 PM

      at least partially offset upside from CoD in 2018 wonder what those microtransactions will be

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      January 25, 2018 1:56 PM

      And because it's grinding and boring.

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        January 25, 2018 2:02 PM

        A large portion of the people who are leaving are doing it because there is nothing to grind.

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          January 25, 2018 3:51 PM

          I recognize that that's a problem for their model but as a player I am okay with games having finite shelf lives and not overextending themselves.

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      January 25, 2018 2:47 PM

      I think they are completely missing the point. The single biggest problem was the removal of random rolls for weapon/armor perks. Now you can blow through it and make a collection of all the legendaries and exotics pretty quick and then there is no point to really playing any more. There are a few guns that are part of the meta, every one uses those same ones and that is about it. Between that and having less to do than there was in D1 most people I think play til they get their fill and leave. I know for me the micro-transactions had nothing at all to do with it.

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        January 25, 2018 3:29 PM

        There's plenty to do there's just not much reason to grind it since, like you said, there's no opportunity to get something special.

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        January 25, 2018 3:35 PM

        Why isn’t there some cool quest line to make a super cool custom weapon or something? The world does feel kinda small and the load times are pretty bad.

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        January 25, 2018 4:18 PM

        And this is why I am anti-meta following. If I want someone else to make game decisions for me, I'll just fucking watch them play on twitch.
        Yes, my Liandry's Torment did fucking GREAT on Trundle. Meta can go fuck itself.

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      January 25, 2018 3:40 PM

      I quit the game after about 3 weeks because there was no content left, not because I gave a shit about microtransactions.

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      January 25, 2018 3:48 PM

      I personally don't give a shit about micro transactions but I did stop playing because I did everything I can do

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      January 25, 2018 3:55 PM

      I deleted it off my PS4 earlier - just don’t care anymore and I don’t see them turning things around with it.

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      January 25, 2018 4:03 PM

      I don’t feel like Microtransactions is even on my list of biggest issues with the game

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      January 25, 2018 4:41 PM

      The shack doesn’t seem to care. I see a daily thread every day still

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        January 25, 2018 4:57 PM


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          January 25, 2018 4:58 PM

          I think that’s pretty clear. The guys in the daily thread will play no matter what, it seems.

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            January 25, 2018 5:00 PM


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              January 25, 2018 5:02 PM

              Seems like the same issues as the last game. Glad I avoided the hype personally. It looked just like the first game which had loads of issues.

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                January 25, 2018 5:04 PM

                It feels exactly like the last game and is going through the same development problems. Lack of content, poor community interaction, but it’s still pretty fun to shoot stuff.

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      January 25, 2018 5:08 PM

      Is Monster Hunter World going to steal a ton of players away from this game?

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      January 25, 2018 7:10 PM

      You'd hope at some point publishers realize we really, really, REALLY don't want microtransations. but, then some whale shows up, drops $100, and the war lives on.

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      January 28, 2018 9:32 PM

      destiny 2 has been a letdown again

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