Just when it was previously thought that this years iteration of Call of Duty, Black Ops 2, was not doing so well in the sales department with a predicted 20% drop from last year in the UK. Activision has today announced that overall sales of Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 worldwide has beaten Modern Warfare 3 to the one billion mark by 24hrs in comparison.
Call of Duty: Black Ops II has crossed the $1 billion mark in worldwide retail sales, according to Chart-Track retail customer sell-through information and internal company estimates. Illustrating the strong appeal of interactive entertainment to audiences worldwide, the game achieved this milestone in just 15 days after its launch on 13th November, 2012. Last year’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 reached $1 billion in retail sales in 16 days. The box office record set for feature films in 2009 by “Avatar” was $1 billion in 17 days.
Since the game’s launch, more than 150 million hours have been logged online playing Call of Duty: Black Ops II on the Xbox LIVE and PlayStation Network.
We didn’t score Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 as high as we were expecting in our own review of the game this year opting for a 7/10 based on a lacklustre campaign mode and an average multiplayer. It really was disappointing that Black Ops 2 couldn’t even meet the standards of Modern Warfare 3, let alone the first Black Ops from 2010 – and we know we’re not along in thinking that it’s generally the worst Call of Duty game to date?
It’s a shame that the sales of Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, was more than likely due to the overwhelming quality of its predecessors. Gamer’s rushing out to buy something that was expected to be equally (if not better) quality since Call of Duty usually, is a franchise you can trust for a great first person shooter experience.
I wonder how many trade-in’s there are after Christmas?