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The latest stats from the game's most popular trackers.

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Details of how many people are playing Destiny 2, using the latest stats from the leading game trackers.

One of the questions we see pop up regularly focuses on the number of people who are currently playing Destiny 2. For a game that was supposed to build significantly on the success of its predecessor, it's safe to say that it's been a bumpy road since the game launched around five months ago.

Systems have been found wanting - and often considered inferior to those of the first Destiny - and content's been ploughed through at a rate the developers have struggled to keep up with. Throw in the lack of randomised stats (encouraging replay through grind), and you can see why many people consider the sequel to be a backwards step in terms of engagement.

To get an idea of the numbers of those who are still playing the game, we're looking at the population stats provided by Guardian.gg and DestinyTracker - two of the most commonly used third-party tools for tracking player activity and general stats in Destiny 2. Using two sources allows us to corroborate the data somewhat, although it's worth keeping in mind that these are third party sites and the information isn't straight from Bungie itself.

So, what are the numbers? How many people are playing Destiny 2?

DestinyTracker claims to track more than 8.4 million players, but the latest stats from yesterday (Sunday - typically the most popular day to play games based on Metabomb's traffic), show that 268,500 players were in the Crucible at some point, with 606,900 players taking part in PVE.

There'll be crossover between the two, of course, with many players choosing to do a bit of both PVP and PVE. Even taking the most generous combination of those stats though, we have a daily player count of 875,400 players - a mere 10% or so of those who have been tracked historically by DestinyTracker.

The stats from Guardian.gg are focused on PVP and it logged 267,893 active players yesterday from a total historical pool of 8.8 million players. These numbers do a pretty good job of corroborating the stats we've taken from DestinyTracker.

So, in the most optimistic scenario 875,000 people played Destiny 2 on Sunday 18th February 2018. It's more likely, however that the number sits somewhere between that figure and just over 600,000.

Do these numbers surprise you? Do you think the game's population is healthy, despite the drop in numbers over the last five months? Sign up and let us know what you think in the comments.

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  • Your-Worst-Nightmare #1 6 months ago
    @cailean-MacAnndraigh You know people like you are the reason garbage games like this are allowed to exist right? If you don't like the game and think it's bad and boring and not worth your or anyone elses time you should do the exact opposite of what you are doing. Stop buying expansions for bad games on launch day, Stop pre-purchasing games because you have no idea what you're getting until you see a review or some post launch gameplay and quit supporting companies that keep giving you bad content.

    Also, if you actually weren't buying into the hype you wouldn't be spending your money on this expansion. You obviously have little understanding of how "buying into hype" works or what it means at all.
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  • cailean-MacAnndraigh #2 6 months ago
    I have been a loyal and dedicated destiny player.. day one to the end when destiny 2 came out. , like many i bought the hype and went for the best pancake he including DLC's and gifts. i have been sorely disapointed CoO was an is an utter flop rip off and worst of all i soloed every aspect to include heroic events and missions quests .. and I'm not a Great player I'm a good average player. Since month two of destinytwo the player base has dropped severely.. in the past 3 months ov seen an all time high of 12% of the registered players playing on the best day.. the game s is NOT healthy its not engaging its not fun and its not a challenge.. Iam waiting for ANTHEM. I already purchased it . Deliver or i leave as well

    I'm also not buying he Hype and BS this time. Yes i will play the DLC on the 8th of may and yes i will play it all .. but bungie be warned. If this is like the games first campaign i completed SOLO and in less that a day by a great deal in fact it took me just hours like 4.5 i was at level 25 in a day of hard. Playing and at 400 in three weeks .. were is the content you promised " Players will complain there is to much content". Did not happen.. the game is nearly toxic and iam disappointed it was so. Bad my clan of 70 dropped to 30 in 2 weeks as players quit destiny 2 and finally closed it after realising i did not have enough players for a Raid and only just enough fr anightfall. Of my friends on line only one still played destiny and he only rarely .. the game is not Healthy the players are not enjoying. i do not think they will come back to pay fora another chance to waste their hard earned money on alikely disappointment ... Lies and more lies, cheated out of points pay to advance or get gear, no rewards , flat armour one set as good as any, weapons of no real interest .. Worst of all i agree with one point athat does annoy me to no end, D2 is really a recycle or D1 with many brought over weapons , maps, and. The same enemy only made bigger but dumber , Where is the new foe, the nae weapons better rewards, Timers do not make it better or more challenging. They make it annoying and why do i need 46 urials gifts, 70 valakadyns. And so on to infinity.. if i go through this DLC like the game has been up to now i will delete D2 as well . I'm waiting for ANTHEM i pre purchased it .. thats your future bungie if you do not deliver
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