Activision made an announcement regarding the sales of Call of Duty: Ghosts to retailers today, and as we all knew was gonna happen, it sold a lot. But even I was taken aback when Activision stated that Ghosts has sold OVER $1 BILLION WORTH WORLDWIDE to outlets as of DAY ONE. Christ, and the next-gen versions aren’t even out yet!
Bobby Kotick, CEO of Activision Blizzard, shared these words in between coughing fits where dollar bills came flying out of his mouth:
“Call of Duty is by far the largest console franchise of this generation. More people have played Call of Duty this year than ever before, logging four billion hours of gameplay. And in the last 12 months, Call of Duty: Black Ops II, including its digital content, generated more revenues than any other console game ever has in a single year. Although it is too early to assess sell-through for Call of Duty: Ghosts, it’s launching at a time when the franchise has never been more popular.”
Millions of gamers are already playing Ghosts online, and the title has moved to the #1 spot as the most played game on Xbox Live after a single day, according to Microsoft. Also, Activision confirmed that, on the 360, players have competed in multiplayer matches in Ghosts longer than they did in either CoD: Blops II or CoD: MW3 during the same time period.
There were 15,000 midnight launch events for Call of Duty: Ghosts, and even TERMS related to Call of Duty were trending 20 times globally on Twitter over the past day (I wonder if #teabagging was one of them?).
I’m not super big on Call of Duty, but I do give it props for such a staggering amount of sales to stores after a single day. I leave you with a quote from Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision Publishing, where he mentions that GameStop has stated that the next-gen versions of Ghosts are their most pre-ordered items, so expect sales to increase to infinity:
“Ghosts is an amazing game which ushers in the next generation of Call of Duty. The team at Infinity Ward has delivered yet another epic thrill ride in the campaign, and what I think is our best multiplayer game yet. This is the must have launch title for the next generation of consoles, and we expect Call of Duty: Ghosts to be the most successful launch title for the Xbox One and PS4 by a wide margin. In fact, according to GameStop, Call of Duty: Ghosts is their most pre-reserved next gen title.”
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