Just in a day of time after officially launching into the market; Call of Duty: Black Ops II has once again raised it hands with the biggest entertainment release of the year for Activsion, and with sales in access of a half a million dollars in first 24 hours only. Activision has claimed that for their fourth consecutive year, the CoD: Black Ops II franchise has delivered the best entertaining launch of the year 2012. It’s safe to say the gaming sphere’s most powerful franchise has not completely lost its touch.
The Halo’s 4 was in the spotlight as 2012’s biggest-selling title “proper” predictably short-lived, and for the 4th year running, a Call of Duty tile has grabbed it confortably at the summit of the gaming charts. Now, with 16,000 stores worldwide offering special midnight launches, it’s clear that Activision anticipated more of the same in terms of early sales, however the game has come under scrutiny from some for delivering ‘more of same’ year-in, year-out, those engrossed with the game series pretty undeniable from the criticism.
Recently the cross-platform release dwarves the $220m (£138m) took by the the new Halo 4 in its 24 hours time period, although that title is only available on Xbox. The Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 figures come from Chart-Track, retail customer sell-through information and internal company estimates, Activision said.
Last yer when Call of Duty: Modern Wrafare 3 release haven’t managed to reach the levels of the record-breaking actual Black Ops when it launched, but it appears the real sequel to 2010’s release of Black Ops has lifted the franchise back up from its perceived slump. With a $400 million sales yielded by Modern Wrafare 3 in its full day. Today, by passing the mark of $500 million, Call of Duty has re-firmed its position as an unrivaled power.
Activision has once again begun comparing the game with theatrical releases, and according to Bobby Kotick, Activision’s CEO, the Call of Duty franchise now exceeds worldwide box office receipts for “Harry Potter” and “Star Wars,” both of which are among the most successful movie franchises ever. Considered, how long those two particular franchises have been running, the achievements of Call of Duty look even more mond-blowing.
With more than sixteen thousand midnight openings at shops around the world for the November 13 launch of Call of Duty. It was a top trending topic globally on Twitter in 23 cities worldwide and more than 30 million YouTube video views of the game’s live-action ‘Surprise’ launch trailer since its release on October 29, 2012.
Yet another CoD to be revealed whether Black Ops II will go down in history as the fastest-selling title of Call of Duty series, which suggests the numbers are perhaps lightly behind that all-acquiring first installment of Black Ops. Whatever, the numbers are pretty impressive of course, with the holiday season just around the corner waiting.