Black Ops 3 is lining up to break sales records

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I’m obviously in the minority when it comes to Call of Duty fans as I never really enjoyed Black Ops 1 and 2. They were good and solid titles but I just never felt they added a ton of new ideas to the genre and were very much copied and pasted iterations.

However saying that normally results in a cross hair landing on my forehead as angry fans explode in anger and loathing and point to the million and one reasons that made Black Ops 1 and 2 better than anything else, except Modern Warfare 2. No one thinks that game can do any wrong. When Black Ops 3 was revealed earlier this year I once again didn’t get excited and will just wait and see what is revealed at E3 before booking my ticket for the hype train.

But it looks like again I’m missing something as the pre-order sales figures for Black Ops 3 is blowing everything out of the water. Now take these with a large dose of salt as they are VGChartz pre-order figures but apparently these are where we are sitting at the moment.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 (Xbox One)

Week 1 85,000
Week 2 174,584

Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 (PlayStation 4)

Week 1 58,878
Week 2 120,930

The X1 still has its expected lead as the dominant COD platform, which is rumoured to be changing at E3 this year, but the fact that they have pre-ordered close on 300k copies in only the second week that the title has been available to pre-order and before anything has been shown about the title is quite something. I spoke to a few industry members locally and the trend is being repeated in South Africa with the pre-order sales for Black Ops 3 already being quite far ahead of what they had for Advanced Warfare.

But then again the fact that you will get beta access if you pre-order is probably a large driver in sign ups. I suspect this will increase dramatically in the near future.

Last Updated: June 1, 2015

Gavin Mannion

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