Destiny 2: Forsaken for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC failed to meet Activision's expectations in relation to sales and the ability to expand to "re-engage" with the franchise in general, he said the publisher as part of his latest earnings
"While the forsaken is a high-quality expansion with a strong involvement and new game modes, it did not meet our commercial expectations," the boss said Activision Publishing Coddy Johnson during an earnings call. "And there's still work to do to completely re-interpret Destiny's fan base."
During the call, Johnson talked about how Activision is planning to "improve the pace of innovation and pace of game content" in Destiny, while also creating new ways for gamers to further engage with Destiny and spend more with microtransactions. This statement applies to Destiny and all other Activision franchises, Johnson said.
Destiny microtransactions come in the form of Silver, which players can buy for real money and spend on a variety of different game extras. It remains to be seen what is the new form of microtransactions that is coming to Destiny. It is not surprising to see Activision focus on microtransactions more broadly considering it's a big deal.
Those who have playing Destiny 2 right now are "deeply involved" in the game, but Johnson said Activision will now focus on trying to get expired players to come back and draw new ones. Activision has recently made Destiny 2 temporarily free on PC, which is certainly part of the company's effort to expand the gaming audience.
"We have not yet seen the full involvement of Destiny, which led to underperformance against expectations to date," Johnson said. "Some players we think are still in mode" wait and see "If you're in, you're deeply involved, and if you're not, we hope it's time to bring the players back and regain them."
Despite the lack of sales, monthly active users for the Destiny franchise have grown quarter over quarter and year on year for the period ended September 30th. The release of Forsaken at the beginning of September helped raise players' figures, Activision said.
Looking to the future, the next big thing that comes to Destiny 2 is Black Armory, which will be launched in December. For more information, see the Bungie roadmap of free and paid content for Destiny 2.