Since Stadia launched there’s been a community of Guardians who have slowly been working their way through all of the content that Destiny 2 has to offer. Now however, according to Forbes, it looks like the numbers of those Guardians is dwindling, and these new Guardians are falling off as they encounter blocks to progression.
Stadia has had a few issues leading up to launch and afterwards too. Firstly, it was missing a bunch of features when it released, making it about half as appealing as it was prior to that. Then, the actual system behind the service was shown in full, and it seemed to make very little sense from a player’s perspective. However, one of the great things about it was that Stadia Pro, the premium version of the service, came with Destiny 2.
I’ve been playing quite a bit of Destiny 2 on Stadia, and it’s been okay so far, but this version of the game isn’t without its issues. PVP is a bit of a mess, with it feeling like there simply aren’t enough players to fill the Crucible lobbies for matches, making for some very long loading times.
Now though, it looks like the Stadia Guardian population has been taking a serious number of hits over the last three months. As of the 26th of November the Stadia Guardian numbers were at 19,400, not the biggest number of Guardians, but a good start. As of the end of December though, those numbers had dropped to 8,020, easily halving in that time. The source for these numbers was a fellow Guardian.
Why The Drop?
There could be any number of reasons for someone to drop off of Destiny 2 on Stadia, but the most obviously is a lack of other Guardians to play with. The Crucible was the best way to demonstrate the lack of Stadia Guardians early on, and that would be a put off for anyone. In a game that’s got a core multiplayer focus, a lack of other people to play with makes it basically unplayable.
However, the other reason for the drop off could be the fact that Stadia didn’t live up to the promises that Google made for it. Many people have fallen off of the Stadia bandwagon after they saw that the convenience of the service didn’t make it any better than playing games on their home console.
I think that Destiny 2 on Stadia could see a resurgence. I’ve found it to be the fastest way to play Destiny 2, making it so much easier to get between areas, and even just load up the game. It’s also really convenient for small, quick game sessions, which the Playstation 4 Pro definitely isn’t. I think we’ve still got a lot to hear about from Destiny 2 on Stadia, we just need some more people to invest and become Guardians there.
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