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It turns out that Destiny 2 is just as popular as its predecessor. The game has only been out a few days, but Bungie has announced early figures for online players totaling more than a million.
Over on the official Bungie Twitter feed, they've announced that Destiny 2 is drawing in quite the crowd over the opening weekend. We'll have to wait and see how those numbers fluctuate in the coming weeks and months, but it's certainly good news for the time being.
So between the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of Destiny 2, Bungie is reporting 1.2 million players. Since the PC version still isn't due out until next month and not everybody buys a game the week it comes out, we wouldn't be surprised to see that number grow further in the near future.
The real question will be whether or not Destiny 2 can hold the interest of players. Thankfully, Bungie already planned for that in their rollout strategy. The game's first Raid, for instance, doesn't go live until next Wednesday. After that, we've already had a gander at the game's first month of plans, including weekly activities, the return of the Iron Banner and more. In short, Destiny 2 offers several extra hooks intended to bring players back on a regular basis. We've got our fingers crossed for a return of the Festival of the Lost in October, too, and maybe even something like Sparrow Racing League will make a return soon.
The biggest perk players will have to return to the fight, though, is the first DLC due out in December. Focused on the mysterious character Osiris, players who buy the DLC will get a new map to explore, new gear to discover, new multiplayer activities and more. That will kick start a whole new series of weekly updates and regularly occurring activities, which will then lead into the next DLC likely to arrive in the spring. Based on the logo for that DLC and where it appears within Destiny 2 itself, my money is that the Warmind Rasputin will be making a triumphant return to the world's growing narrative.
If you're wondering if Destiny 2 is worth picking up, pretty much every review-in-progress has had great things to say about the game during its opening week. There's a lot to do in the game, and Bungie wisely pushed a lot of that content to the late and post-game, allowing players to focus on the story for the first dozen or so hours. You barely see a sliver of each map through the campaign, meaning there's plenty of exploring to do once you've wrapped up The Red War.
If you're one of those 1.2 million Guardians playing Destiny 2 right now, feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments below.