Destiny: Rise of Iron made more in its first month than the original game did at launch.
According to Superdata (via VG24/7), the newest expansion for Bungie’s shared-world shooter brought in $59.1 million in digital revenue alone in September. This is pretty impressive, especially when considering that vanilla Destiny only brought in $47.5 million total revenue—both digital and physical combine—in its first month.
While a bit startling at first, these numbers actually make quite a bit of sense. Destiny has had two years to accumulate a fan base—a group of players who are often left hungry for new content. So, when something new comes along promising to contain quite a bit more content, it makes sense that a lot of the gamers will jump onboard. This does make me curious, however, to see what happens with the release of Destiny 2. Will fans hop on to the sequel, or will they be hesitant to leave behind Bungie’s first take on the universe?
If you’re curious as to what we thought of the expansion, make sure to check out the EGM review of Destiny: Rise of Iron!