Bungie released one of the most influential FPS franchises of all time — Halo. Remember how it helped boost competitive gaming for console players? With Bungie busy with Destiny 2 nowadays, you’d think that their newest IP would take the esports world by storm, right? Well, it didn’t. A combination of factors led long-time fans to expect something momentous, but Destiny was about as cheesy as a wizard that came from the moon. It failed to become a major esports extravaganza. Random rolls ensured that a select few lucky grinders had an advantage, while sweaty Trials of Osiris became filled with carry requests and sales pitches (note that Trials is no longer available now). Destiny 2‘s lackluster PvP early on also led to lukewarm reception, and it took months to significantly improve.
That brings us to the present and where Destiny 2 stands. According to TwitchTracker, Destiny 2 is currently ranked 20th out of all the games out there. It still has a ways to go before it can even catch up to battle royale giants like Fortnite and PUBG, or even traditional FPS games like Counter-Strike and Call of Duty. It remains in the middle of the pack, on the cusp of greatness and breaking new ground but never getting there.
There is, however, a glimmer of hope. That’s because no matter how dazzling some Crucible plays might be or how much so-and-so “rekt” opponents in PvP, one other aspect of the game generates a lot of buzz: PvE. Specifically, we’re talking about endgame raids, boss fights, grindy activities, and even secret missions.
The video you see above comes from Destiny 2 pro player Gigz, and it has almost 165,000 views. No, it doesn’t involve a boss fight. In fact, it doesn’t even take place in a raid. It’s actually a secret shortcut in the “grass/green room” of the Whisper of the Worm exotic quest. Before Gigz discovered that, thousands of players were trying to jump on small ledges jutting from the walls. What Gigz discovered was a small nook that you could crouch into to get to the next area. That saves you over a minute of platforming in a timed mission.
Other notable chart toppers, according to TwitchMetrics, include the following:
Make no mistake — Destiny PvP lives on, albeit in watered-down form via the Crucible. However, the eyes of fans everywhere are glued to the progression made by some of the top PvE players in the game.
This goes hand in hand with Destiny‘s presentation as an FPS with rich PvE content. Secrets such as the Whisper of the Worm exotic quest kept people excited. Meanwhile, the Shattered Throne mission that led you to the Wish Ender exotic bow was a treat to accomplish. It’s the raids, however, that keep everyone up at night — literally and figuratively — especially with what happened in the Last Wish raid for the Forsaken expansion.
On Sept. 14, 2018, numerous clans attempted to achieve the world’s first completion of the raid. It took over 19 hours for the first team to actually complete it, earning themselves the accolades and even wrestling championship belts. By the end of the first 24 hours, only two teams achieved the feat, being awarded with the 24-hour completion emblem. Fun fact, popular streamer and guide maker Datto actually missed out by two minutes — hence the “24:02” meme being born.
The Sept. 14-15, 2018 period was a watermark event for Destiny 2. Take a look at the graph above from the tracking website Sullygnome.com. For one brief moment, Destiny 2 managed to top Fortnite in terms of the number of viewers.
You might scoff at the comparison. Big deal, right? But please do consider that this was a much-maligned sequel, a game that had a very vocal subset of fans express their disappointment to the point that others considered it dead in the water. Still, it managed to get those numbers all because of PvE.
To be fair, Destiny 2 won’t match the numbers of its predecessor. The original game was a once-in-a-lifetime release, filled with so much hype, and considered a game changer (which eventually led to some disappointments). Back then, even through all the negativity, Destiny was touted as the next big thing that would take over gaming. It didn’t, and the sequel also failed to live up to expectations.
Still, it rolls along, from the travesty that was Curse of Osiris to the promising showing of Warmind. We saw what Forsaken and the Last Wish raid bring to the table, and we’re now at a point of having weekly grinds in the Black Armory DLC.
Destiny 2 may not have become the esports extravaganza that long-time Bungie fans hoped it would be, but it still has an avid player base and still manages to generate buzz. All of that is thanks to its PvE content.
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