Destiny is a game with a huge budget and a number of issues, but it can still be an enjoyable ride if you go in with your eyes open. This less-than-stellar critical launch doesn't seem to have dulled enthusiasm for the game, however.
According to a statement from Activision the game has sold through more than $325 million worth of product in its first five of availability. This is "according to Chart-Track, first parties, retail customer sell-through information and Activision Blizzard internal estimates."
That sort of disclaimer should tell you how tricky it can be to get meaningful sales information, even from the publisher itself.
"Destiny fans played more than 100 million hours of the game in the first week. That's on par with the engagement levels of our most populargames, which obviously is an industry leader," Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision Publishing, said in the statement.
"Millions of gamers are having a great time playing Destiny and can't put down their controllers. And this is just the beginning. Destiny is a platform that will grow and evolve and we will continue to work closely with our partners at Bungie to bring a long line of new experiences and content to life in the game."
Activision announced that the game shipped $500 million worth of goods to retail last week, and the sell-through allows us to give that number a bit more context. It's also important to remember that Bungie and Activision signed a 10-year deal for Destiny; this is just the opening rounds of a very long business relationship between the two companies when it comes to the world of Destiny.
And of course, if they need to make a little bit of extra cash, there's always that often-discussed PC version of the game to consider.