Modern Warfare 3 May Surpass Industry Record Set by Black OpsBy Yannick LeJacq | November 9, 2011 | News | 1 comment | Share
Treyarch’s latest addition to the Call of Duty franchise, Black Ops, set a new sales record for modern video games when it was released last year, with Activision confirming this past August that the game had sold over 25 million copies of the game worldwide, netting over $650 million in the process. Just a day into the tenure of Modern Warfare 3 as the newest release from co-developer Infinity Ward, it looks like the game may be able to set a new record. According to Amazon’s official reports, the game snagged 32 per cent more pre-orders than Black Ops, with game retailers in the United States and UK adding that the game was the most pre-ordered title in their history.
“The Call of Duty series has performed consistently well, with both Black Ops and Modern Warfare 2 previously holding the all-time pre-order record,” Liz Hosmer, video game manager at Amazon.co.uk, commented in an interview with The Guardian. “This year has seen the release of a raft of great titles with Battlefield 3 anticipated as a strong contender to Modern Warfare 3, but the latest offering in the Call of Duty series is the most popular title of the year to date by some distance.”
The Guardian also quoted a spokeswoman from the popular British retailed GAME, who said that “beating records set by last year’s number one game, Call of Duty: Black Ops, Modern Warfare 3 is now GAME Group’s largest pre-order title in the company’s history.” So despite some collective shrugging on the part of series fans and general gamers, I think it’s fair to say that Call of Duty is here to stay for another few rounds of Nazi zombies. Continuing the trend of back-to-back releases, the next Call of Duty was confirmed for release next year. Let’s see if this one can top MW3.