Destiny 2 player population keeps dropping


Staff member
Mar 26, 2018
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 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.

It seems that they are having trouble keeping their fans engaged.

Destiny 2 changed some core game mechanics and some weapons, which people hated.

Again, its so obvious, just look to Warframe and see how they handle it! Their numbers keep growing!
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Blind Owl

Mar 26, 2018
Yeah, it's really weird: they had all these issues with D1, and they revamped the game with the major year one update (The Taken King), and the game was freaking awesome. Like amazing. The assumption from the community was that they would carry the lessons learned forward to D2. But then they went and did this "let's try to draw in a larger audience" or "make the game more accessible to new people" and they bunged it right up for everyone. The end state of D1 was accessible for everyone who wanted to play a game. It was just like any other bloody game: you'd learn if you wanted to. It didn't need to be fixed. So whatever bright idea fairy came along and decided to fix something that wasn't broken should be...well, you get the idea. I have the feeling that the big year one update in September will get D2 back to where D1 was. Finally.

FYI: the game is still fun as hell to play.