The rumors of Call of Duty’s death have been greatly exaggerated. Way back in November and December a lot of talk was going around about the latest entry in Activision’s FPS powerhouse franchise, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare. Specifically, talk about how it was struggling to sell compared to previous Call of Duty titles. Sales metrics had placed retail sales of Infinite Warfare as being down nearly 50% when compared to the 2015 release Call of Duty: Black Ops III.
There was a lot of speculation regarding the drop in sales, such as being forced to compete with EA’s heavy hitting military shooters, Battlefield 1 and Titanfall 2, in the same release window; as well as general lukewarm reception to the aesthetic choice of the latest entry. However, while those criticism’s can be seen as fair and a decent indicator that Infinite Warfare wasn’t the best follow-up to Black Ops III, Call of Duty as a franchise was still able to pull into the top spot in global sales.
In a recent market analysis by Business Wire, Call of Duty is ranked as the number 1 top-selling console video game franchise globally in 2016. This marks the 7th time in the past 8 years that Call of Duty claims the global video game throne, as well as the 8th consecutive year that the series is the top seller in the U.S. Just think about that. 8 years in a row. Ever since 2009 and the release of Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2, the series has been such a powerhouse that even on an off year where they lose 50% of sales, they still sell well enough to blow away every other franchise in sales.
Activision CEO, Eric Hirshberg, states that “We’re thankful to our players for once again putting Call of Duty on top, and we recognize how rare this is – to do year after year. That’s why we push to deliver innovations and incredible gameplay that are worthy of the best fans in the world time and again. And we have an exciting year ahead in 2017.” Activision has already laid out plans for the first DLC, Call of Duty Infinite Warfare Sabotage, to be released on January 31st on the PlayStation 4 first. Release dates for other platforms have yet to be announced.
You can read our impressions on the latest Call of Duty here.
Call of Duty Infinite Warfare, is available on the Xbox One, the PS4, and PC.