Update: We've received the following comment from an Activision spokersperson,
"These estimates are highly inaccurate and are not at all representative of actual retail data. We've announced that pre-orders started strong, and continue to be very positive. And we look forward to sharing new gameplay next week at E3."
As with any estimates, VGChartz may not always be accurate. The company is, however, relatively open with its methodology, so readers can learn about potential sources of error.
Infinite Warfare has ten times less pre-orders than Black Ops 3 had the same time prior to launch.
The reaction to Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare has been very lukewarm, especially considering all the positive buzz around Battlefield 1. Those lukewarm reactions have turned into incredibly low pre-order sales, as VG Chartz reports Infinite Warfare has ten times less pre-orders than last year's Black Ops 3.
First, check out the pre-order numbers for Infinite Warfare, as of May 14th, 2016:
Now, look at Black Ops 3's pre-order numbers as of May 16th, 2015:
As Black Ops 3 launched on November 6, 2015 and Infinite Warfare launches on November 4, 2016 these numbers are taken from the exact same point before each game's launch.
As you can see, even combined Xbox One and PS4 pre-orders for Infinite Warfare don't even come close to matching just the PS4 pre-orders of Black Ops 3. We can also see that this time around, the PS4 version is more popular than the Xbox One edition - possibly due to Sony securing a timed DLC deal.
People are very clearly voting with their wallets here. Thankfully, I'm so glad that this has happened. "Yearly Call of Duty" was something that simply had to stop, and it might as well be this year.
Source: VG Chartz