Thanks to the continuing success of Destiny, Diablo III and Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, Activision has set a company record for the third-quarter of the fiscal year, with the video game publisher generating a total of $1.17 billion in revenue during the three-month period.
That milestone is largely thanks to sales of Bungie’s shared-world shooter, which recently surpassed 9.5 million registered users according to the publisher, meaning that the studio has sold at least that many copies of Destiny hitherto. Such an achievement also positions the first-person title as having the most successful launch ever for a new IP.
Here’s what Activision had to say regarding Destiny‘s trailblazing success, with the publisher noting that work towards a sequel is already underway (part of the overarching ten-year plan, no doubt).
“There’s a relationship to sell through, but it’s not exact as some people have more than one profile,” the publisher noted during a financial call Q&A, where it noted that Bungie is “already underway on its next full game.”
Further in the report, the company noted that traffic on Destiny servers continue to be considerably high, with the average Guardian logging around three hours per day in the plight against The Darkness.
Elsewhere, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is apparently the most pre-ordered title of 2014, which would surely position Sledgehammer Games’ entry into the blockbuster series to sell more than its middling predecessor Ghosts. Time will tell.
Destiny is due to receive its first post-launch expansion, The Dark Below, on December 9th, 2014.