Destiny Sequel Already In Development, Franchise Is A Top Ten All-Time Gaming Launch And Has More Than 9.5 Million Players

By Matthew Buzzi , Updated Nov 04, 2014 05:32 PM EST
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Yes, Activision Blizzard stated that work has already begun on the sequel to Destiny. The news isn't particularly surprising given the game's immediate success, though the news perhaps comes sooner than most would expect.

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The title only launched in September, and the first of two planned expansions will not be released until December. Production of future expansions and the next full release have already begun despite the early stage in the game's lifecycle, according to Polygon's report on the publisher's earnings call.

"Work has also begun on future expansion packs as well as on our next full game release," said Activision Publishing CEO Eric Hirshberg. "We're very pleased with the launch and continuing engagement."

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Activision Blizzard claimed Destiny is the largest new franchise ever, and a top ten overall video game launch. The title currently boasts more than 9.5 million registered users on its severs, a massive achievement for any game in so short a span, but the numbers line up with what we already knew to be a huge launch. More than $500 million in Destiny copies were sold to retailers on day one, and sales continued at a steady rate since.

The sequel is undoubtedly a good way off, if for no other reason than the fact that Destiny has barely begun to roll out post-release content. The limitations of a development team are one thing (though Bungie likely has massive resources at its disposal), but there is plenty of potential money to be made in selling add-ons to the original game before moving on to a sequel. The first DLC, The Dark Below, is due out this December.

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