Call of Duty: Ghosts has me conflicted. Not the game itself, mind you. I have no interest in the game. I did, however, state that I thought it might be the only property capable of outselling GTA V this year. Later on, I said I didn’t think Ghosts would manage to outsell even Black Ops 2. I was wrong about one of those.
The game has reportedly done a billion in sales on its very FIRST day of retail availability; a feat that took GTA V 3 days to match – though that game sold 800 million’s worth to actual consumers in a single day. This is sell through to retailers, naturally, and not copies in homes.That is still a ludicrous amount of Call of Duty.
“Call of Duty is by far the largest console franchise of this generation,” Activision CEO Bobby Kotick said. “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 2, 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.”
For once, it seems the analysts were right. Speaking about Ghosts’ relatively low Metacritic scores, Cowen and Company’s Doug Creutz said he didn’t believe the scores would have much impact on the game’s sales.
“Ultimately, we don’t think that sales of this year’s title will be impacted enormously by these reviews. Our concern lies more with next year, when Call of Duty will face competition from several new next-gen shooters, including EA’s Titanfall and Activision’s own Destiny. To the degree that CoD may become a bit of a ‘been there done that’ experience for gamers, we think it is vulnerable to losing share as new product enters the market.”
Call of Duty’s mammoth sales seem to continue unabated. Same as it ever was. I really want to find out what actual sell-through numbers look like next week.
Last Updated: November 7, 2013