Black Ops II Reaches $1 Billion Milestone Faster Than MW3

Black Ops II Reaches $1 Billion Milestone Faster Than MW3

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Call of Duty remains a sales juggernaut, despite analysts' worries.

When Activision chose not to reveal the 5-day sales total for Black Ops II - a figure announcement that had become a yearly tradition for new Call of Duty titles - some analysts cried foul. Well it seems there was little cause for alarm, as the newest Black Ops title has reached the $1 billion sales milestone in just 15 days. Modern Warfare 3 reached eclipsed that lofty figure in 16 days.

In a press release, Activision also notes that it took James Cameron's Avatar 17 days to reach the mark, just for a bit of perspective.

"Life-to-date sales for the Call of Duty franchise have exceeded worldwide theatrical box office receipts for Harry Potter and Star Wars, the two most successful movie franchises of all time," explains Activision Blizzard CEO, Bobby Kotick.

CEO of Activision Publishing, Eric Hirshberg is also predictably upbeat, noting "In order for Call of Duty to remain the entertainment juggernaut that it is, and keep our fans coming back for more, we need to continue to bring fresh ideas and new innovations to the table every time, while always staying true to what people fell in love with in the first place. That's what we did with Call of Duty: Black Ops II and that's what we intend to keep on doing."

The company also boasts that 150 million hours of Black Ops II have been played across Xbox Live and PSN since launch, not including playtime on the PC version.

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I am not surprised in the slightest.

Although the games sell better each year, it seems they do more advertising as well. I wonder if the actual profit increases are noticeable if there are any.

Why?

Why aren't people getting tired of this yet?

Hell, I like Call of Duty and I still can't fathom why each sequel sells more and more copies.

It boggles the fucking mind...

I wonder if they adjusted their sales to compare copies of games sold ($60-70 in North America) to tickets sold ($10-15)

Coincidentally, a juggernaut is also a device you get to use in the game.
A one time activation sets off all the enemy's ammunition by burning holes in their pockets :P

Daystar Clarion:
Why?

Why aren't people getting tired of this yet?

Hell, I like Call of Duty and I still can't fathom why each sequel sells more and more copies.

It boggles the fucking mind...

Because War,
War never changes.

Man, CoD makes for some of the must predictable and uninteresting news in gaming.

"...fresh ideas and new innovations..."
I don't think I'm gonna bite.

So this was a complete kneejerk then?

I don't get it.

Still, I guess we were all expecting that.

Daystar Clarion:
Why?

Why aren't people getting tired of this yet?

Hell, I like Call of Duty and I still can't fathom why each sequel sells more and more copies.

It boggles the fucking mind...

Im putting it down to the increases in marketing.

All those years ago the TV and internet were realatively devoid of CoD4 ads.

Today, BlOps 2 ads are everywhere.

Well, the COD era of FPSs aren't going anywhere any time soon...

They have their niche and they do that niche very well, they cant be faulted for quality. What they can be faulted for is same old same old. I really hope they either go back to WW2 or even WW1 or just go straight out futuristic wars. They need to change it up a bit, make it more story based and interesting. But judging by those figures i doubt they will change a successful formula.

With the amazing class customization system they have brought to their latest CoD installment, it's hard to imaging just how they can top it in the next one. While the while emblem creator is nothing new, I must say, in this one I actually felt motivated to be creative and spent a good 45mins just working mine (which, in my opinion, is nothing short of brilliance). So far, the only real complaint I have about Black Ops 2 is the fact that campers still exist, but it's not like Activision can change those people. Unless, y'know, they design a perk that can counter that or something. I mean it's really not a bad strategy if you're actually defending something, but where's the fun in watching a doorway, constantly waiting for someone to enter your sights? Anywho, I'm glad to see this game as successful as it is, 'cause I am having loads of fun with it. Don't even get me started on Zombies. Just...a blast every time.

And we wonder why Activision still churn these games out... :P

Im hoping the next game finally sells less.
Everyone I know who's bought this have found it disappointing.

Analysts thought Black Ops 2 would not exceed sales expectations?

Proving once again that analysts are people who get paid to make predictions that hardly ever come true...

This is great news. After COD's success, maybe other companies will finally realize that there is a market for military shooters.

In other news popcorn and butter are still selling record amounts.

Daystar Clarion:
Why?

Why aren't people getting tired of this yet?

Hell, I like Call of Duty and I still can't fathom why each sequel sells more and more copies.

It boggles the fucking mind...

I used to like CoD. I liked MW1, it was new at the time. I liked WaW, it had pretty good multiplayer and Zombies. I even liked MW2 in a action blockbuster kinda way. But BlOps 1 was the tipping point for me. I just couldn't stand the waek, America fuck yeah singleplayer or the godawfully unbalanced multiplayer. I really wish Spec Ops: The Line had sold more. Maybe then BlOps 2 wouldn't have got this big.

Wintermute:
This is great news. After COD's success, maybe other companies will finally realize that there is a market for military shooters.

...please tell me you're joking.

Daystar Clarion:
Why?

Why aren't people getting tired of this yet?

Hell, I like Call of Duty and I still can't fathom why each sequel sells more and more copies.

It boggles the fucking mind...

Kids mainly.

I personally like the franchise and generally buy the next one when it comes out, but thats just me being a loyal customer, I've been playing these since Medal of Honour Allied Assault.

Its expanding because of the increasing army of 10 to 12 year olds who get their folks to buy the game for them, and the 10 to 12 year old who were there for Black ops 1 or MW3 are now 12 to 14, and own their first COD (BO, or MW3) and now BO2, and the 10 to 12 years olds present before them whose first copy was MW2 now have three copies (etc. etc. etc.)

As for why i personally am not tired of it... well its electronic chewing gum man. When I need to chill and am too tired mentally to play an RPG or something more substantial i throw on a COD, and switch off for 30 mins. COD has been nice tasting chewing gum since it was the original MOH.

Hey Kotick, wonder how much more the Star Wars merchandise and DVD sales made than the CoD series. And let's not forget 3 of those movies came out in the 80s.

On the bright side, EA must be green with envy.

So, guess there will be more milking of this cow next year and the year after that...

Although total revenue is up on this point last year, apparently sales figures are down - the revenue is being bolstered by annual-pass sales. Also (apparently) these figures included Black Friday sales, while the previous year did not. So, this might be a little bit of spin on declining sales...

Source: http://blogs.marketwatch.com/thetell/2012/12/05/activisions-big-call-of-duty-sales-not-swaying-investors/

Daystar Clarion:
Why?

Why aren't people getting tired of this yet?

Hell, I like Call of Duty and I still can't fathom why each sequel sells more and more copies.

It boggles the fucking mind...

Does it? I think it's pretty standard and totally expected that a popular series that keeps the same formula while adding a few gimmicks will sell. If you add that the economy now it's more stable than when MW3 was released, it should't be too surprising for it to sell even more.

Why? Well, humans work that way, go to see the best sellers for movies, books or games and you will find a lot of by the numbers sequels that are totally worthless besides making money(around 90%-80%). Heck, even if they are crap I enjoy some of those a lot, like the Pirates of the Caribbean series.

As long as they manage to do games with high quality technical work and a couple of new gimmicks, they will sell even after we are 6 feet under.

Edit: Ohh, was it rhetorical? That always flies over my mind.

I was really, REAALLY hoping Black Ops 2 would tank. I really didn't like the direction of Black Ops 1. It had some ideas, but I hated all of them. And after playing some Black Ops 2, I was just upset with its success.

I guess I can't say I'm surprised though.

Wintermute:
This is great news. After COD's success, maybe other companies will finally realize that there is a market for military shooters.

*claps*

I applaud your sarcasm, for it is truly epic

OT: Why is this news? I thought it was a forgone conclusion it was going to make an embarrassing amount of money.

"Fresh Ideas" "New Innovations"

Yes Hirshberg. That is exactly what you do.

Is the next game going to have 2 extra guns. MAYBE 3!?!

Daystar Clarion:
Why?

Why aren't people getting tired of this yet?

Hell, I like Call of Duty and I still can't fathom why each sequel sells more and more copies.

It boggles the fucking mind...

Because this is no longer a game franchise as game franchises used to be. Puzzles, challenges, risk and reward that's all gone in this new modern version of gaming that coexists besides games with focus on unique gameplay, story and gameplay that's more complicated and itterative. It's become as much friendly competition as any physical sport. Except it involves pretending you're the world's biggest badass shooting people. And then there's the attraction the games have just because it's so big, and so many people are playing it which means those numbers will attract more people to partake.

 

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