The launch of Destiny 2: Lightfall has brought the Witness and the Darkness to Earth and our solar system. It’s also catapulted Destiny 2‘s popularity, as the game just had its biggest concurrent player count to date on Steam. The spike in players occurred on Lightfall‘s launch date, Feb. 28, as the concurrent player numbers beat the previous Destiny 2 record from the launch of The Witch Queen expansion.
The launch date concurrent player count hit a high of 316,750, setting Destiny 2‘s new all-time peak players over on SteamDB. The previous highest concurrent player count coincided with the launch of The Witch Queen, which had 290,112 concurrent players on Feb. 17, 2022. Doing the maths, that’s a 9% increase in concurrent player numbers, not as high as the 19% jump from Beyond Light‘s launch to The Witch Queen, but still a significant rise in players.
Destiny 2 also just had a huge day over on the official Steam charts. At time of writing it’s the #1 top seller globally, with the Lightfall expansion specifically sitting at #4. The gap is bridged by the new multiplayer survival game Sons of the Forest at #2, and the ever-popular Counter-Strike: Global Offensive at #3. The launch of Lightfall has been huge, despite the game’s Mixed rating on Steam right now.
If you’re a Destiny fan, you may also be interested in reading up on the new Among Us collaboration, bringing our fan favorite characters over to the chaotic multiplayer game. If you’re feeling nostalgic for the olden days (two days ago) of The Witch Queen, you can read this thoughtful piece here, where GameLuster’s Axel shares his experience of his last night with Savathûn. It gets a little crazy.
Have you played Destiny 2‘s latest update? How are you faring against the forces of the darkness? Let us know in the comments below, and keep your eyes on GameLuster for more gaming news, Guardian!