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    Destiny 2 player count 2021: how many people play Destiny 2?
    Last updated: February 28, 2021

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    Destiny 2 is one of the most popular games on Steam in 2021. Which games is Destiny 2 competing against and has the game won any gaming awards since the release? Is the Destiny 2 player count dropping or rising as we speak? How many people play Destiny 2 in 2021? Stay tuned, and we’ll answer all those questions and more. 

    Check out the latest video game statistics on TechACake.com in 2021. There is so much going on in the world of gaming that we simply can’t have enough. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, people have started to play video games more often and some unexpected games have tripled in popularity. Is this the case of Destiny 2? Wait and see. Here’s a quick peak at the latest Destiny 2 statistics if you’re curious:

    TOP Destiny 2 statistics 2021 (editor’s choice): 

    • Around 900,000 people play Destiny 2 daily in 2021. 
    • Destiny 2 ranks #13 on Steam and #31 on Twitch
    • Over 31 million people in total have played Destiny 2 since the release in 2017.
    • Over 21 million people have already played Destiny 2 on PS4.
    • Most Destiny 2 players come from the US and Russia
    • In 2020, Destiny 2 was the 4th most popular game for Xbox Series X/S.

    Awesome! Now we can dive in and learn more about the Destiny 2 player count 2021. OMG, we have so much to talk about today, let’s get going:

    How many people play Destiny 2?

    Destiny 2 is one of the best games on Steam in 2021. How popular is the game four years after the release? Are there many Destiny 2 Twitch viewers and is the game still popular on Twitch? Let’s answer all the questions and more (spoiler alert, #2 will surprise you, read on):

    1. In February 2021, the daily number of Destiny 2 players was around 1,515,000.

    (Source: MMO Populations)

    More than 1,5 million people play Destiny 2 daily in 2021. The online-only multiplayer first-person shooter video game set in a mythic sci-fi world was developed by Bungie and published by Activision. It was released back in 2017. Four years later, here we are and the game is still super popular. 

    2. In February 2021, Destiny 2 ranks #13 on Steam. 

    (Source: Steam Charts)

    Actually, Destiny 2 used to rank #7 on Steam. What happened? The game fell down a couple of positions after being at the top 10 for quite a long time. After the massive popularity of Valheim hit the public like a shovel, Destiny 2 went down the Steam Charts and is now at #13. Steam’s biggest new hit Valheim even went as high up as #2 for a while, thus making Dota 2 only the third most popular game on Steam. (In February 2021, Valheim was the top selling game on Steam. Check out the latest Valheim player count - it's unbelievable!)

    3. The all-time peak of Destiny 2 players on Steam was 292,314.

    (Source: Steam Charts)

    In October 2019, almost 300,000 people played Destiny 2 concurrently on Steam. In February 2021, the peak number of concurrent Destiny 2 players on Steam was 131,640. The game is currently free-to-play on Steam and on Bungie’s official Destiny 2 website. The Steam player count for Destiny 2 varied between 44,000 and 165,000 + players since the Steam release in 2019.

    4. In February 2021, Destiny 2 ranks #31 on Twitch. 

    (Source: Twitch Tracker)

    The popularity of Destiny 2 is still well-deserved. New players emerge every day and as you see, the game is among the most popular video games in 2021. (FYI, Valheim ranked #10 at the time.) 

    5. In February 2021, people watched 6.56 million hours of Destiny 2 gameplay on Twitch. 

    (Source: Twitch Tracker)

    Let’s put things into perspective, shall we? According to the latest Apex Legends player count, the game ranked #5 on Twitch and in the same period people watched 36.5 million hours of Apex Legends gameplay. On the other hand, Grand Theft Auto 5 currently ranks #2 on Twitch and in February 2021, people watched 121 million hours of GTA 5 gameplay. (Check out the latest GTA 5 players count statistics — they are quite amazing!)

    6. The 24-hour peak of Destiny 2 players on Steam is 69,516.

    (Source: Steam Charts)

    Destiny 2 is one of the most popular games on Steam in 2021. In November 2020, the release of Destiny 2 Beyond Light doubled the Destiny 2 Steam Charts players in no time.

    7. The total player base of Destiny 2 is estimated to be over 31,000,000 players. 

    (Source: MMO Populations)

    Over 31 million people have played Destiny 2 as of February 2021. The number is estimated based on the number of subscribers and online sentiment. 

    8. In 2021, most Destiny 2 players come from the US and Russia. 

    (Source: Playercounter)

    Most Destiny 2 players come from the US which is not a surprise based on the fact that most video gamers come from the US in general. The Russian gaming community is also very strong. So, 26.11% of Destiny 2 players are Americans, 10.98% — come from Russia, 6,80% — from Germany, 5.93% — from Brazil, and 5.56% — from the UK.

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    Destiny 2 stats

    We saw how the game is doing in 2021. Now, let’s have a bit of a background check and have a look at less current stats and put things in perspective. How was Destiny 2 doing after the release? Was it nominated for gaming awards? How many people play Destiny 2 on PS4? And more. Let’s have a look:

    9. As of November 2020, a total of 21,000,000 people had already played Destiny 2 on PS4.

    (Source: Gamstat)

    The Destiny 2 player count on PlayStation 4 is increasing over the years. As of November 2018, more than 15 million people had played Destiny 2 on PS 4 and a year later, that number was 21 million. (That’s 7 million more Destiny 2 PS4 players for a year.)

    10. In 2020, Destiny 2 was the eight most popular game for PlayStation 5. 

    (Source: Statista)

    PlayStation 5 was released on November 12, 2020, so in the final month and a half of the year, Destiny 2 managed to enter the top 10 favorite games of PS5 owners. The games before Destiny 2 in the chart are none other than Astro’s Playroom, Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales, NBA 2K21, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, Demon’s Souls, and GTA 5. You can check out our list of the most anticipated video games of 2021 if you want to find out more about new releases in 2021. Your next favorite game might be just around the corner. 

    11. As of November 2020, Destiny 2 was the fourth most popular game for Xbox Series X/S in the US. 

    (Source: Statista)

    Xbox Series X/S came out on November 10, 2020 (two days before the release of PS 5 — see stat 10), and Destiny 2 quickly became one of the favorite games to play on the new gen Xbox. In the top 5 we see games like Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Destiny 2, and Forza Horizon 4.

    12. In June 2020 and then again in November 2020, Destiny 2 ranked #5 on Steam with more than 200,000 concurrent players. 

    (Source: GitHyp)

    Destiny 2 never went higher than #5 on Steam. And that only happened twice — in June 2020 and November 2020. Depending on the new releases (yes, I’m still thinking about Valheim and the sudden 500,000 concurrent players on Steam — the game entered the top 5 most played games on Steam), games change positions on Steam, but the best video games are always at the top. In the last year or so, CS:GO was (almost) always #1 on Steam, and Dota 2 — #2. 

    13. In 2019, Destiny 2 was nominated for a Steam Award in the category ‘Game of the Year”.

    (Source: Steam Awards)

    In 2019, Destiny 2 finally got nominated for a Steam Award and in the category ‘Game of the Year’ at that. It was a big deal and the competition was strong: Devil May Cry 5, Resident Evil 2, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, and Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. Destiny 2 lost to Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, but it was still good to have a Steam Award nomination. (Find out more about the Steam Awards 2020!)  

    14. Destiny 2 was nominated for three awards at The Game Awards 2017. 

    (Source: The Game Awards)

    Destiny 2 was one of the best video games of 2017 and it got nominated at the prestigious Game Awards 2017. The three categories for which Destiny 2 was nominated were Best Art Direction, Best Score/Music, Best Audio Design. Unfortunately, the game didn’t win in any category that year.  FYI, the Game of the Year award 2017 was won by Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. 

    15. In September 2017, Destiny 2 ranked #6 on Twitch.

    (Source: GitHyp)

    This is the highest Destiny 2 Twitch ranking since the release of the game. Twitch viewer counts vary in a very interesting way after the release of each game — some games are just irresistible for gamers, and they play them as well as watch them. Destiny 2 has gone down the Twitch charts of most watched games, but it’s still in the top 50. Unlike games like Titanfall, for example. According to the latest Titanfall player count statistics, the game currently ranks #352 on Twitch.  

    Destiny 2 vs Warframe 2021

    When it comes to comparing video games, people always have mixed feelings. We already compared Paladins vs Overwatch and GTA 5 vs Watch Dogs — there is no right answer of course, but we’d like to have a look at the differences and similarities between the games anyway. 

    Both games are free-to-play and that’s one of the reasons it’s OK to actually compare them. (In the case of Paladins vs Overwatch we have one free-to-play and one pay to play game and that’s not a fair comparison to begin with.) Since the release of Destiny 2 on Steam for free, the game took some players out of the Warframe fan base.

    Warframe is one of the most successful games of the developer and publisher Digital Extremes — the game was released for PC and PS4 back in 2013 and by 2019 there had been 50 million Warframe players. We saw several Warframe expansions since the release (The Second Dream -2015, The War Within — 2016, Plains of Eidolon — 2017, The Sacrifice — 2018, Fortuna — 2018, Empyrean — 2019, The Old Blood — 2019, Heart of Deimos — 2020). Each expansion came with a new open-world map, content patches, or new weapons, a new storyline, or a new quest. Destiny 2 also gets regular extensions which keeps the fan base coming back for more. (Scroll down if you want to see more about Destiny 2 expansions.)  

    In terms of game characters, Destiny 2 sports almost 50 playable characters. From Guardians and Gods, to mysterious vendors and fallen mob bosses — there’s a wide array of choices. There are a lot of characters in the Warframe universe as well — some of them you can encounter in events, others — on quests and missions.  

    Last but not least, let’s talk about gameplay. The general opinion is that Warframe has a steep learning curve and newbies definitely prefer the easier to play Destiny 2. However, Warframe is more diverse in terms of plot and the variety of combat is just to die for. (Wink!)

    In a nutshell: 

    • Both games are free-to-play.
    • Both games get consistent content releases.
    • Players can enjoy a wide variety of playable characters in both games.
    • Destiny 2 is easier to play than Warframe.
    • Warframe offers more game diversity.

    Image © News Xbox

    Destiny 2 expansions

    Post-release content is what keeps the players coming back to the game and exploring the new features, characters, weapons, maps, and events. Season passes come with a price though and Xbox owners can purchase an Xbox Game Pass in order to enjoy all the new content. 

    Now, Destiny 2 is famous for its expansions — consistent content releases are important in a game and in the case of Destiny 2 people can’t complain of lack of new content. The developers for Bungie add new content on a quicker rate than they did for the original Destiny installment. 

    Here’s a tour around the Destiny 2 expansions. There is one coming in 2021 and another one already announced for 2022. Here’s a brief history of Destiny 2 expansions:

    • Curse of Osiris (2017) — set on Mercury, new Lost Prophecy weapons, the Infinite Forest addition
    • Warmind (2018) — new planet — Hellas Basin, new story campaigns, Escalation Protocol
    • Forsaken (2018) — weapon system overhaul, Gambit mode introduced
    • Shadowkeep (2019) — new planet — Moon, the Garden of Salvation raid, new exotic weapons
    • Beyond Light (2020) — new planet — Europa, Stasis (a new subclass introduced)
    • The Witch Queen (2022) — announced for 2021, postponed
    • Lightfall (2022) — announced

    The Watch Queen has been recently postponed by Bungie. The new release date is said to be early 2022 because of the coronavirus pandemic.

    Now, let’s answer the questions that many gamers are asking in 2021:

    Is there going to be a Destiny 3?

    Is there going to be a new installment of the Destiny franchise? Is Destiny 3 happening? What we know for sure is that in 2021 Bungie is not planning a new release. Instead, they are adding more content to the existing Destiny 2 universe. Moreover, due to the coronavirus pandemic, many releases have been postponed and game development is going slower than usual. We’ll have to wait and see what lies in the future of the video game industry. 

    Key takeaways

    How many people play Destiny 2 in 2021? Destiny 2 is one of the Steam most played games of all time. According to the latest Destiny 2 stats, more than 1.5 million people play the game every day in 2021. Destiny 2 is a sci-fi adventure set in a mythical realm where characters meet with enemies and the hostile environment in the form of first-person shooter gameplay. Are you a Destiny 2 player? You have to try the game if you haven’t done so yet — it’s awesome, they add more content every year and the Destiny 2 fan base is still quite numerous.

    The game is well-received among the Twitch community — more than 6.5 million hours of Destiny 2 gameplay were watched in February 2021. The Destiny 2 player count 2021 is not showing any signs of dropping soon. Yay!

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    1. MMO Populations
    2. Steam Charts
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    4. Twitch Tracker
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