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Destiny 2 reaches new concurrent player high with Lightfall release

Lightfall helps Destiny 2's player count rise.

Justin Carter, Contributing Editor

February 28, 2023

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Guardians in promotional art for Destiny 2: Lighfall, with Calus and The Witness in the background.

With its newly released Lightfall expansion, Bungie's Destiny 2 has reached its highest Steam player count yet. 

According to SteamDB, the sci-fi shooter is currently at nearly 316,000 concurrent players. It's a new all-time high for the game, whose previous concurrent player count was as high as almost 290,000 with the release of 2022's The Witch Queen expansion. 

For big online games like Destiny 2 or Apex Legends, new expansions or new seasons tend to juice up the player count. Either old players who fell off are drawn back in, or newcomers are enticed to see what all the fuss is about.

The statistics don't cover PlayStation or Xbox players, obviously, but it's clear that Bungie's shooter is making waves. Like previous expansions, Lightfall has a new location and new events to partake in, but it has the added bonus of giving players a new elemental power—something Witch Queen didn't have when it released last year.

New Destiny 2 Events

A new Destiny 2 expansion also means a new series of seasonal events. So if players don't want to spend $40 to play the big expansion, they can just spend $10 to play seasonal story for the next three months.

Outside of the new Strand power, Bungie has also repeatedly been emphasizing Lightfall's importance as the penultimate chapter of the narrative that it began with the original Destiny in 2014. 

About the Author(s)

Justin Carter

Contributing Editor, GameDeveloper.com

A Kansas City, MO native, Justin Carter has written for numerous sites including IGN, Polygon, and SyFy Wire. In addition to Game Developer, his writing can be found at io9 over on Gizmodo. Don't ask him about how much gum he's had, because the answer will be more than he's willing to admit.

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