Destiny 2 now has more concurrent players on Steam than ever before, as players dive into Lightfall in droves.
The Destiny 2 Lightfall expansion launched just a few hours ago, and even with the early server troubles the game quickly reached over 300,000 concurrent players - the first time the game has crossed that threshold in the 3.5 years it's been on Valve's platform. As of this writing, there are 316,354 players in-game on Steam, as SteamDB shows.
Destiny 2 migrated from the Battle.net launcher over to Steam when the game went free-to-play back in 2019, and the record 292,513 players the game reached at the time had not been topped until today. The nearest number was 290,112 concurrent players, a record set with the launch of The Witch Queen. Obviously, these are just PC numbers, and fan-made cross-platform population trackers weren't up and running as of press time.
Minus stats for the other platforms, this isn't an end-all, be-all for ranking the relative popularity of Destiny 2 expansions, but the stat does indicate that the Lightfall hype is big. (After all, that Lightfall setup cutscene had the GamesRadar+ office "hootin' and hollerin'.")
Destiny 2 tends to have bigger peaks and valleys than many other live games, with tons of players dropping in to see a new expansion then dropping off quickly as the game settles into its regular rotation of seasonal content. We'll see soon enough how the patterns shake out post-Lightfall.
For now, let's raise a glass for the Destiny 2 seasonal content that's gone forever.