Is your day not complete until you’ve heard how many copies Game X is selling? Well, rejoice, waving your hands in the air like you just don’t care, because here comes Activision with the bombshell.
Modern Warfare 3 – you know, that game with guns and that – has shifted over $775 million. That’s five-day worldwide sell-through, so start the argument about what that actually means in the comments.
“Life-to-date retail sales for the Call of Duty franchise have exceeded $6 billion worldwide, which makes Call of Duty one of the most valuable entertainment properties in the world,” says our Bobby.
“Online play for Modern Warfare 3 is at record levels and we continue to see high online play for both Call of Duty: Black Ops and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, which ranked as the #2 and #4 top-played Xbox LIVE games for the week of November 7, according to Major Nelson.”
“I want to thank our fans,” said Eric Hirshberg, CEO, bringing a tear to my eye. “They are our toughest critics, and our biggest supporters, and none of this would be possible without them.”
More figures? How about Xbox Live playtime? 7 million multiplayer hours played by the end of the first day, with 3.3 million unique gamers. “The Call of Duty franchise returned to Xbox 360 this year with another record-breaking launch,” said Microsoft’s Don Mattrick.
“And with the exclusive first access to new multiplayer content, we’re proud Xbox 360 is home to the largest and most engaged Call of Duty community,” he says, having a wee dig at Sony.
Enter Jack Tretton, then. “In just over a week, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 has been hugely successful on PlayStation 3, and continues to drive millions of gamers globally to PlayStation Network with its unprecedented and engaging online multiplayer experience.”
“Which is why we’re also excited to bring the Call of Duty franchise to our highly-anticipated next generation portable, PlayStation Vita,” he said.