Pre-orders are always a big deal for GameStop, which is why they should probably send a "thank you" note to Activision.
According to a statement made by executive vice president of merchandising and marketing for GameStop, Tony Bartel, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is now officially the most pre-ordered title in the retailer's history. It seems GameStop has raked in around 2.5 million total pre-orders just in the US alone, and as Bartel told USA Today , "the number of pre-order reservations we've taken for the game is the highest for any title we've ever sold in our 6,200-store network." In more good news for huge holiday titles, GameStop is also reporting that reservations for Assassin's Creed II are up 10-20% over the original title, which launched back in 2007. That may not be too significant, though, if you factor in the gigantic difference in the PS3 user base between then and now… But it's still good to see and let's not forget that the first Creed ended up selling over 8 million copies when it was projected to sell only about 3 million. Yeah, it's clearly a good time to be a gamer.
Of course, Activision is still saying that Modern Warfare 2 will not only become the best-selling video game of all time, but it will also have the single biggest entertainment-related launch ever (including movies, music, books, etc.). At this rate, it just might happen.
Related Game(s): Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2