Destiny 2 saw big sales declines at retail in the UK and Japan – and now the trend can be officially applied to the United States as well. NPD data reported by CNBC notes that retail sales of the game were down by a ginormous 50 per cent in its launch month compared to its predecessor – a reduction unlikely to be bridged by increasing digital purchases.

In a report, Wedbush analyst Michael Pachter described the numbers as “underwhelming”, and estimates that even with digital purchases accounted for, the sequel is likely to be “down roughly 40 per cent from the first month sales of its predecessor”. It’s worth mentioning that the first Destiny did launch on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 as well as the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, while its successor only released on the latter formats. A PC version is on the way later this month.

Here’s what Activision had to say about Destiny 2’s sales: “The original Destiny became the biggest new console video game franchise launch in history, and Destiny 2 surpassed the original's records for engagement and digital sales in launch week. The Destiny universe will welcome a new community of players for the first time on PC on 24th October.”

Translation: "It’s not doing as well as we hoped it would."

[via cnbc.com]