Activision has announced today (6 November 2013) that the game publisher has sold more than US$1-billion worth of Call of Duty: Ghosts copies into retail stores worldwide as of day one.
Call of Duty: Ghosts launched around the globe on 5 November 2013, and received generally positive reviews, although many critics lamented that nothing much has changed for the franchise.
Activision notes that it is still too early to confirm the number of copies sold through to consumers, and therefore too early to start planning how many money vaults must be constructed at the Activision moonbase. As usual, we expect the latest CoD to be a massive revenue generator for Activision.
“Call of Duty is by far the largest console franchise of this generation,” said Bobby Kotick, CEO of Activision Blizzard. “More people have played Call of Duty this year than ever before, logging four billion hours of gameplay.”
“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.”
According to Microsoft, Call of Duty: Ghosts has moved to the number 1 spot as the most played game on Xbox Live.
Activision confirmed that on the Xbox 360, average player sessions for Ghosts have been longer than either Black Ops II or Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, during the same time period.
“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,” said Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision Publishing.
“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.”
While Ghosts will undoubtedly be a commercial success for Activision, the game has also made its mark in the next-gen battle as it highlights optimisation and resolution problems on Xbox One, and reports are starting to hit the gaming forums of the PS4 version suffering from inconsistent performance.