Did the series peak with Modern Warfare 3?
By Tim Colwill on December 11, 2012 at 10:21 pm
Gamesutra is reporting that Black Ops 2, the latest in Activision’s flagship franchise, is selling 14% worse than its predecessor Modern Warfare 3. In its first 15 days on sale Modern Warfare 3 pulled in 8.8 million units, while Black Ops 2 has only managed to nab 7.4 million in the same period.
The figures comprise of 4.5 million units on the Xbox 360 and 2.9 million on the PlayStation 3, but there’s no mention of PC sales, nor of those on the Nintendo Wii or the Vita versions of the game.
“We do not believe that Activision did itself any favours by putting out a press release touting that Black Ops II had crossed $1bn in just 15 days, faster than the 16 days required for Modern Warfare 3 to reach the $1bn mark,” claimed Longbow Research’s James Hardiman in a statement to MCV.
“What management did not mention is the fact that with an earlier release date, Modern Warfare 3 was able to reach $1bn a day before Thanksgiving, whereas Black Ops II was not able to get there until after Cyber Monday.”