Destiny: The Taken King Breaks PlayStation Download Record


When it comes to Destiny, Activision has been a little less than forthright with how successful it is. There has been no indication at any time just how many units it has sold; just more and more interesting ways to dance around the subject. Even today, as Activision announces that Destiny: The Taken King has broken the PlayStation record for most downloads of a Day 1 video game launch, we have no idea even a ballpark number for how many downloads that could be.

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“Destiny: The Taken King is officially the most downloaded game on day-one in PlayStation history and set a new benchmark for both total Destiny players and peak online concurrency on day-one, so it’s safe to say the Destiny franchise continues to gain momentum,” said CEO of Activision Publishing Eric Hirshberg. “Along with our talented partners at Bungie, we cannot wait to watch the community continue to grow and tackle the King’s Fall Raid kicking off on Friday.”

The problem with such a statement, however, is that we have no context for how successful even second place to Destiny: The Taken King is. Without sales context, you can pretty much say whatever you want to make yourself sound better than reality. It’s like saying the Xbox One saw a 15% increase of sales in Japan last week and a 23% increase over the past two weeks without revealing that the total number sold last week is 207 total units.

For all intents and purposes, Destiny is one of the most popular games available right now. It has likely sold a lot more than 10 million copies across all platforms, and The Taken King will continue to drive sales well into its second year. For Activision to be so coy for so long into the game’s launch and post-launch cycles is frustrating for those who are interested about the state of the AAA games industry.

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