Record Shattering ‘Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2’ Launch Tops $800 Million in 3 Days
If the launch sale numbers are anything to go by, it seems Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is a massive hit for the iconic franchise. The game has garnered USD$800 million in just the first three days since its launch, including pre-orders. With this, Modern Warfare 2 has dethroned the five-day franchise sales record established by 2011’s Modern Warfare 3 “in sell-through, to become the biggest opening ever in Call of Duty“. The news comes via the game’s publisher Activision who announced via Business Wire that Modern Warfare 2‘s launch has set some major precedents, even outselling the biggest worldwide box office openings of Top Gun: Maverick and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness put together.
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Outside of sales, the game has set new franchise records “for unique players and hours played for a premium Call of Duty launch”. The game has always been one of the big money makers for Activision and the series even went on to become one of the top-selling video game franchises. However, the recent few installations in the series have been disappointing in both sales and overall quality. But things are looking up as Activision tries to take us into the “new era of Call of Duty” and beyond with the newly released Modern Warfare 2.
During the announcement, Bobby Kotick, CEO, of Activision Blizzard expressed his gratitude to the dev team and the fans. He said, “Thank you to our talented team that has created magic through extraordinary artistry and technology, and to the global community of players who find joy and connection through Call of Duty. This milestone belongs to them.” Apart from absolutely shattering the franchise sales record, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 has had a fantastic release on PlayStation consoles too.
Congratulations to @InfinityWard and @Activision on the biggest PlayStation Store launch EVER for a Call of Duty game (including preorders and day one sales).
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II is now available for PS4 and PS5! pic.twitter.com/CU9GG853DI
— PlayStation (@PlayStation) October 31, 2022
Sony noted that Modern Warfare 2 has witnessed the “biggest PlayStation Store launch” of all time for the series, including both preorders and day-one sales. Ever since Microsoft bought out Activision, there have been serious doubts about Call of Duty’s future on PlayStation. However, Phil Spencer and Microsoft have vowed to make Call of Duty available on PlayStation as long as the console is around as a way to support and grow the community.
With Modern Warfare 2 being an instant sales success, the move of not tieing Call of Duty down to one console seems wise. Activision has plenty of things planned for the game and the overall franchise too. Season one of Modern Warfare 2 is slated to kick off on November 16, the same day as the upcoming free-to-play Warzone 2.0 launches. Besides this, there already are a number of exciting/major releases lined up for November, so you might wanna clear up that schedule.