After Call of Duty: Black Ops tore through Modern Warfare 2’s first day sales record, it obliterated its five-day record by $100 million. Modern Warfare 2 sold $550 million worth of games over its first five days last November, and this year Black Ops did $650 million.
â€œCall of Duty has become the first entertainment property in history to set five-day launch records for two consecutive years across all forms of entertainment,â€ said Robert Kotick, CEO, Activision Blizzard. â€œThe titleâ€™s success illustrates the mass appeal of interactive entertainment as millions of consumers are choosing to play Call of Duty: Black Ops at unprecedented levels rather than engage in other forms of media. The number of people playing online and the number of hours they are playing demonstrates how online gaming has become a mainstream form of entertainment and certainly validates Activision Blizzardâ€™s leadership role in online entertainment.â€
This should be proof that the Call of Duty franchise is in very good hands, even without Infinity Ward at the helm. Naturally a new Call of Duty is expected next November and the current rumor is that it’ll be a SciFi shooter set in the future.