20 Million Players, Two Billion Hours: Destiny

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20 Million Players, Two Billion Hours: Destiny

Activision's quarterly investor call offered up one major surprise: word about the performance of one of its newest titles, "Destiny". The word, meanwhile, seems to be "popular", and that's a point backed up with the newest numbers.

The word from the investor call says that, so far, the game has fully 20 million players, who have put in a cumulative average of two billion hours of gameplay. That, no matter how you slice it, is a huge number, and one that proves that Destiny's easily one of the biggest games around. Gamers have logged an average of 100 hours of play per person.

What's more, the game won't be just resting on its laurels, either. Perhaps the biggest change comes from the voice acting; all of Peter Dinklage's lines--who was responsible for Ghost--are set to be pulled and replaced with lines from voice actor extraordinaire Nolan North. There will also be changes to the leveling system, which will no longer use the light system as it had in the past.

There's no doubt that Destiny has been a big game for not only Activision but for the players as well. Speaking here as a Destiny player myself, who logged in some of those two billion hours, I can say this is a great game, and with expansions and improvements coming out, it's a fair bet that there will be plenty more hours getting logged to come. Indeed, there were plenty of people who thought this game didn't stand a chance of making it even a couple months. But it's been seen on two different generations of systems, and it doesn't show much sign of slowing up.

It's going to be interesting to see if this game can hold up, especially considering how many major titles will be coming in short order. "Mad Max" will be hitting in September, and not too long after will come "Wasteland 2", followed up by "Fallout 4", "Just Cause 3," and into 2016, there's "The Division" and a host of others. That's big competition, and no matter how you look at it, and a game that's already logged as many hours as "Destiny" has may have a tough time holding it together in the future. We'll find out one way or another in the near term, though.

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