According to Kotaku, Activision's lofty ambitions for Destiny 2 and the Forsaken expansion has seen the publisher express its unhappiness with current sales results, despite the fact that the expansion has earned rave reviews and an overall much better critical acclaim that has seen a far better retention of players over the last several months.
Because this is Activision though their other main priority is to get people spending more money through microtransactions, which Johnson indicated was their goal for all their games.More news: Trump Played Integral Part in Hush Payments to Stormy Daniels & Karen McDougal
Essentially, Activision Blizzard sees the path to making money from "Destiny 2" as a constant drip feed of payments from active players in the game either for cosmetic items or for the expansion packs.
The free version of Destiny 2 will also come with a free gift that players will be able to claim as well.More news: Novak Djokovic hails 'perfect 5 months' as he targets ATP Finals glory
Activision's answer to the problem is to "improve the pace of innovation and cadence of in-game content", i.e.to make sure there are no more long gaps between new DLC and events. It's not surprising to see Activision going after microtransactions in a bigger way considering it is very big business. He did note, however, that players who are putting the hours into Destiny 2 are "deeply engaged" in the shared-world shooter. Activision recently made Destiny 2 temporarily free on PC, which is surely part of the company's effort to expand the game's audience.
"We have not yet seen the full core re-engage in Destiny, which has kind of led to the underperformance against expectations to date", Johnson said. He says that although players think they're staying dormant but they're "hoping now is the time to work and bring players back in". If you're in, you're deeply engaged. The release of Forsaken at the start of September helped drive the increased player figures, Activision said.More news: Death toll climbs as Northern California wildfire spreads