Destiny 2: Forsaken sales haven't met publisher Activision's expectations despite the expansion making a ton of money when it launched in September. "Some of our other franchises like Destiny are not performing as well as we’d like," the company stated rather bluntly during its most recent earnings call.
The problem appears to be that Destiny is struggling to keep players outside the hardcore crowd engaged. COO Coddy Johnson told investors: "We have not yet seen the full core re-engage in Destiny, which has led to the underperformance against expectations to date. Some players are in ‘wait and see’ mode. If you’re in, you’re deeply engaged. If not, we think now’s the time to bring players back."
If you ask us, this is, at least partly, a direct result of Destiny's unconvincing history as a franchise. Destiny 2 might be in great shape right now in terms of general structure and gameplay, but people who have bounced off the game before aren't likely to come back until they're convinced that it's worth their time. We're sure that some would argue that Destiny has already been given one chance too many.
In any case, Activision doesn't sound best pleased. According to Kotaku, the publisher is also promising investors "a faster content model and new forms of monetisation for the game". God only knows what that'll mean for the title going forward, but we really hope that more microtransactions aren't heading our way.