Destiny 2 has had a tough year with layoffs and revelations about the game and company. Now, the player count has notably dropped, as seen in recent Steam stats.
According to Steam data, the game’s average player count in the last 30 days hit an all-time low at 34,816, with a peak player count of 59,076. These figures represent the lowest since Destiny 2‘s initial release on Steam. Contrastingly, eight months ago, the Lightfall expansion saw the game’s highest concurrent player count ever, reaching 316,651 players at launch. This indicates the significant impact the expansion had on the player base.
The Destiny 2 community faced backlash following the layoffs of over 100 people last month, particularly in roles related to community support and social aspects. Bungie, a PlayStation studio, recently laid off staff members, with the exact number of job cuts remaining unclear. Former employees began sharing on social media on October 30 that they were no longer with the company.
Hopefully, Bungie will offer tempting incentives for players returning to the game. This comes as The Final Shape got pushed from February 2024 to June 2024, and Marathon is on the horizon for 2025. Fans on Reddit and other social media are boycotting The Final Shape, seeking refunds due to recent layoffs and concerns about the game’s current state.