This past weekend, Bungie revealed that Destiny 2 managed to hit an impressive high of 1.2 million concurrent players, all simultaneously shootin’-and-lootin’ their way through the game. That’s an incredible milestone, especially considering that it doesn’t include the PC version of the game, which is only launching towards the end of next month.
This comes hot on the heels of recent news that PUBG managed to rake in more than 1 million people all playing it at the same time, surpassing and dethroning Dota 2 as the game with the highest number of concurrent players on Steam.
Of course, there’s a key difference between Destiny 2 and PUBG, in that massive concurrent numbers are expected from a title with the AAA budget and marketing clout of Destiny, especially so soon after its launch. If history repeats itself, Destiny 2‘s concurrent player count will likely peak in the next few weeks and then begin to drop off. PUBG, on the other hand, continues to blitz its way through wallets around the world, and just as its sales figures show no signs of slowing, so too does its concurrent player count continue to reach mind-blasting peaks. Considering it’s also due to launch on XBO next year, who knows when this thing’s numbers will stop climbing.
Of course, I’m not trying to rain on Bungie’s parade by pointing that out. 1.2 million concurrent players is a phenomenal accomplishment. I’m glad Bungie managed to smash it out the park, because I finally discovered what all the Destiny fuss is about when I played the PC beta, and now I’m pretty anxious to get my hands on the full game.