Big Destiny 2 free DLC campaign brings in 15% more PS5 players

Destiny 2's PS5 and PS4 player count for May 2024 has jumped up 15% thanks to a month-long DLC campaign and a little help from Sony's PS Plus scheme.

Big Destiny 2 free DLC campaign brings in 15% more PS5 players
Lee Brady

Lee Brady

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There's been a considerable jump in the number of active players collecting those Destiny 2 trophies lately, which is to be expected after the game brought its latest DLC pack to PS Plus Essential. Still, it remains to be seen whether Destiny 2's PS5 and PS4 player count for May 2024 will carry forward into June. Developer Bungie will be watching those numbers carefully as it prepares for the launch of one of the biggest upcoming PS5 games of the year.

PS Plus and free DLC bring 15% player boost to Destiny 2

  • Most Destiny 2 DLC is currently free-to-play until Monday, June 3, 2024
  • Destiny 2 Lightfall was also made accessible on PS Plus last week
  • These combined efforts have brought a 15% PS5 and PS5 player count boost to the game
Destiny 2 has made most of its DLC free-to-play in May 2024 — a move designed to get players pumped up and invested in the PS5 and PS4 launch of Destiny 2 The Final Shape on Tuesday, June 4, 2024. All players can access the game's DLC right up to 2022's The Witch Queen for free in May. Also, thanks to the PlayStation Plus May 2024 lineup, all PS Plus subscribers can also claim 2023's Lightfall DLC this month too.
We've just passed the first major weekend of the Destiny 2 free DLC campaign (known as the "Expansion Open Access" campaign), and so far, the results from Bungie's efforts seem promising. According to our exclusive data from a sample of 3.1 million active PS5 and PS4 players (courtesy of GameInsights), Destiny 2 saw a 15.61% player count increase during the week ending Sunday, May 12, 2024.

According to our chart of the top 40 PS5 games that week, that player count increase helped make Destiny 2 the 10th most popular game on PS5 and PS4, pushing the game above competitors like Rainbow Six Siege and Overwatch 2. That recent surge wasn't enough to push it past Sony's own Helldivers 2 in terms of active players, and the game is nowhere near the popularity of titles like Fortnite and EA Sports FC 24, but it's still good news nonetheless.
After the recent Bungie job cuts and the lingering threat of full absorption into Sony's PlayStation Studios model (which reportedly could be avoided should Bungie hit certain targets agreed with Sony), you have to imagine Bungie is doing everything it can to get players into Destiny 2 in time for the launch of The Final Shape. Will this 15% increase in PS5 and PS4 players be enough? We couldn't possibly say, but it's at the very least a good start.

It's possible word of mouth will pick for Bungie's live-service shooter from here. Granted, Destiny 2 has been around for seven years now — I think most PS5 and PS4 players know what it's all about by now. It's easily one of the best free PS5 games around, but do you think The Final Shape will really make a big impression on PS5 and PS4 players? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Chart compiled using gameplay data from over 3.1 million active PlayStation accounts (not just TrueTrophies accounts). Chart information is copyright GameInsights. Regarding this data:
  • When an account opens a game, this is registered as a game being played. Accounts can only register a game once per week.
  • Our data is good for suggesting general trends — we represent this using percentages, not numbers.
Written by Lee Brady
Staff Writer Lee keeps one eye on the future (Shadow x Sonic Generations), one eye on the past (PS Plus Premium games), and his secret third eye on junk he really likes (Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts games). Then he uses his big mouth to blurt out long-winded opinions about video games.
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