CoD Is Even More Popular Than Expected

CoD Is Even More Popular Than Expected


This is probably not going to surprise anyone, but I’m going to say it anyway: Call of Duty is popular. However, it’s really only starting to become clear just how much of a phenomenon it has become.

For instance, the 2010-2011 gaming statistics are in, and Call of Duty: Black Ops was the winner by an extremely large margin. Between January 2010 and September 2011, Black Ops sold 15 million copies, which is almost triple the number that our second place title sold. (By the way, second place went to Just Dance 2. Gross.)

And if those numbers aren’t impressive, Activision has also moved over 20 Million map packs so far. Activision’s Publishing CEO Eric Hirshberg boasted about the numbers in a conference call this week. “For the first nine months of the year, Black Ops has remained the number one title in the U.S. and Europe, generating more revenue than any new major console release,” Hirshberg said. “The revenues generated from map packs alone would make it the third largest console title of the year.”

You’ll notice that I haven’t even mentioned Modern Warfare 3 quite yet. Many analysts are predicting that MW3 will be the biggest game of the year, but it’s a little too early to tell. Although, roughly 1.5 million gamers lined up to pick up a copy on opening day, so that’s a good start.

Keeping all of this information in mind, it shouldn’t really be surprising that Activision CEO Bobby Kotick confirmed that yet another Call of Duty title would be making it’s way onto the market in 2012. Judging by the franchise’s history, Treyarch will probably be at the helm, but no details have been announced thus far.

By Josh Engen

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