Oh, Mario. If only you could've known way back in the '80s that the word "billion" would be used to describe anything in the world of video games…

Today, Activision Blizzard has announced that the insanely popular and critically revered Call of Duty franchise has topped $3 billion in retail sales worldwide, "according to The NPD Group, Charttrack, GfK and internal Activision estimates." Since the original launched, total sales have reached 55 million units and as you all know, the recently released Modern Warfare 2 broke just about every major sales record in the first day or two (4.7 million units in 24 hours, $550 million in five days, etc.). Said Activision CEO Bobby Kotick:

"Call Of Duty has become one of the greatest entertainment franchises of all time. If you consider the number of hours our audiences are engaged in playing Call of Duty games, it is likely to be one of the most viewed of all entertainment experiences in modern history."

This is great and all, but has anyone considered the amount of pressure that now rests on Treyarch's shoulders for next year's Call of Duty iteration? We say they came through in fine fashion back in 2008 with what is arguably the best WWII shooter ever, but it's clear the new game won't have the same setting. Perhaps they saw just how crazy popular a new idea can be but either way, they have some gigantic shoes to fill… Anyway, it's obvious that Activision and Kotick have struck gold; lots and lots and lots of it.  And you can bet they wanna find more.

Related Game(s): Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

Subscribe
Notify of
26 Comments
Oldest
Newest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
ThePearlJamer
ThePearlJamer
11 years ago

Gotta love Call Of Duty…on the other hand, gotta hate Bobby Kotick…

aaronisbla
aaronisbla
11 years ago

I agree with this statement 100%, more if i could.

Anonymous
Anonymous
11 years ago

Well, add me to the list of CoD:MW2 buyers. I didn't have a choice if I wanted to save $10. I gave Bobby a lot of money this month.

noshownogo
noshownogo
11 years ago

Domination and Demolition FTW, too many stat whores in TDM, I am a fan of COD2

MadKatBebop
MadKatBebop
11 years ago

Domination is the best!

Naztycuts
Naztycuts
11 years ago

Treyarch are better developers IMO [email protected] didn't seem to have anywhere near the amount of issues in the online portion as MW or MW2. I'm not saying that all the games aren't great I'm just saying you can see who isn't getting Micro$. Treyarch are blatantly less "console biased" to the point where IW just look like a bunch of 360 fanboys with their timed map packs, etc.

Banky A
Banky A
11 years ago

When I had COD: WaW, Treyarch were definitely a little more biased to the Xbox side. They gave them some benefits first.

But I can't remember what it was 😉

Naztycuts
Naztycuts
11 years ago

Really? I really thought that we got map packs and everything at the same time. I may be mistaken 😉

bomba2812
bomba2812
11 years ago

the map packs did come out at the same time on both consoles i don't know what he's talking about

aaronisbla
aaronisbla
11 years ago

i like IW CoD games a lot more than treyarch's, mainly cuz CoD3 was such a let down. But IW are the ones always accused of being in favor of the 360, not treyarch.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
11 years ago

Looks like Comedian Bobby Kotex will be at the helm shooting his mouth off for many years to come.

www
www
11 years ago

But all you anti-Koticks should be ecstatic his brand new Tony Hawk game with those expensive peripherals got some pretty goddamn BAD review scores, he should be content with MW2's success and eat a turkey.

Kowhoho
Kowhoho
11 years ago

The one where you ride the fake board, right? What's the point of playing a skating game with a real, physical board? You'd have to be able to skate to play the game! ….just shakin' my head.

www
www
11 years ago

Yea that one, it was a mega flop!


Last edited by www on 11/27/2009 6:10:59 PM

BikerSaint
BikerSaint
11 years ago

@WWW,
Forget the turkey!

He needs to f*cking choke on a couple dozen flocks of "CROW"…….until the feathers pop right out the other end, tickling his "Elmo" ass!


Last edited by BikerSaint on 11/27/2009 8:38:46 PM

___________
___________
11 years ago

ok now thats psychotic.

www
www
11 years ago

LOL

Hezzron
Hezzron
11 years ago

Comparing Treyarch to IW, is like comparing apples to apples. They're both quality developers. Treyarch just got stuck with the now very tired WWII theme. I'm looking forward to their next project in a new setting.

Oh….and if Mario wills, let him send a few fireballs Kotick's way.

Just like the Administrator seems to, I too worship at the alter of Mario.


Last edited by Hezzron on 11/27/2009 7:49:17 PM

BikerSaint
BikerSaint
11 years ago

Well, the best thing that could happen to Kotex, is that the dumb-ass sold all those shares "BEFORE" this $3 billion announcement, & not after it.

I hope he's keeps kicking himself in the butt, till all of his hemorrhoids explode!

HA!!!!! Serves the greedy bastard right!

aaronisbla
aaronisbla
11 years ago

I think IW should get the CoD titles every two years. Its their baby imo. Let Treyarch put their talents to something else, would be great more than likely and give them a chance to step away from IW's shadow

___________
___________
11 years ago

this is why im really worried about the industry.
its only a matter of time till developers wake up and smell the coffee and say.
hey we can release a crappy short 5 hour game and it will sell millions.
why are we busting our a$$ creating a 10 times better game, when it probably wont sell as well.
instead of releasing a new IP lets just mooch off a well known series.
and that ladies and gentleman will be the death of gaming.
and thanks to all the idiots that flock in and salve at the mouth every time IW walk in the door.
thanks guys, thanks to you we probably wont see another uncharted 2 caliber game ever again.

Alienange
Alienange
11 years ago

What are you going on about? Every freakin' industry in the world has their success stories and those who rip them off. Get over it buddy, it's not like we can't tell the difference between a great game and a cheap rip off.

___________
___________
11 years ago

heh maybe you cant but i can.

sonic1899
sonic1899
11 years ago

well none of my $60 is a part of that 3 million lol. fps just dont click with me… 😛
im having a blast with assassin's creed 2 though 🙂


Last edited by sonic1899 on 11/28/2009 10:17:18 AM

sonic1899
sonic1899
11 years ago

i meant billion 😛

Deathb4Dishonor
Deathb4Dishonor
11 years ago

Well i bought the game and played a bit of the campaigne… but i put it down cuz i seemed to be glued to uncharted pretty badly… It is an awesome FPS though