HMV: Black Ops has “every chance” of becoming biggest game ever

HMV reckons next month’s Call of Duty: Black Ops could well topple Modern Warfare 2 as far as sales go.

The UK retailer’s said it’s seeing “exceptional interest” in the shooter across all formats and that it has “every chance of being the biggest game release ever.”

“It’s certainly shaping up to become the largest pre-order that we’ve seen in-store and online on,” senior buyer James Brooks says.

The expensive £129.99 Prestige Edition (HMV is one of 3 retailers that carry it) is almost sold out, he adds: “Stock is nearly sold-through now and very little is left.”

HMV’s not the only one with such a rosy outlook, either; GameStop’s said that pre-orders for the Treyarch game outpace those of Infinity Ward’s 2009 effort, while analysts expect it to at least repeat the success the brand saw last year.