Black Ops II has ten times more first-day preorders than Black Ops I.
Every year, the annual Call of Duty outperforms its predecessors and every year, gamers, journalists and analysts alike wonder if the franchise’s success has peaked. When will the yearly Call of Duty sell fewer games than the one that came a year before?
If we’re going by preorders, it won’t be this year. When the recently-revealed Call of Duty: Black Ops II went up for order on Amazon.com, it chalked up a whopping ten times more preorders in a single day than the first-day preorders of 2010’s Call of Duty: Black Ops. Those are some big numbers, but what’s arguably more impressive is that Black Ops II also beat first-day preorders of Modern Warfare 3 by about 30%.
Given that Modern Warfare 3 currently holds the record for Amazon’s most preordered game, and in fact made it into the retail giant’s top 20 preorders of all time – including other things like books and movies – this is a pretty incredible showing for Treyarch’s latest turn at the helm.
Of course, there’s a lot of time between now and the November 13, 2012 release date, and it’s possible that Black Ops II preorders and interest might lessen over time. It still could very well be the game that breaks Call of Duty‘s upward climb, but judging by this I wouldn’t be betting on that.
Check out what’s new in Black Ops II in our big summation post.