Get ready for some big numbers.
We all know Call of Duty: Black Ops had already surpassed the $1 billion mark since launching last November, but now we have a new sales update , one which publisher Activision Blizzard is all too proud to reveal:
The latest CoD installment is now the "highest-earning game of all time on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC in the US and Europe." We don't have an exact number to attach to this announcement, but the fact of the matter is impressive enough. This news comes as part of Activision's first-quarter earnings report, in which they posted a net revenue of $1.4 billion, slightly up from the $1.3 billion it enjoyed during the same period a year ago. Overall profits rose to $503 million, which is up $122 million in the year-over-year comparison.
They also announced a nice increase in the digital realm, mostly thanks to the Black Ops First Strike add-on DLC, which had already been downloaded 1.4 million times during the first 24 hours of availability on Xbox Live. Finally, Activision has revised their fiscal 2011 projections; instead of $3.95 billion, they're expecting $4.05 billion.
Outside of the numbers, the company offered a new hint about the CoD scheduled for this year, saying it would boast "an unprecedented online universe." Oh, and as for all you RPG fans out there, Blizzard Entertainment CEO Michael Morhaime gave us a status update on Diablo III : it's still slated to release later this year and beta testing is planned. Who's up for it?
Related Game(s): Call of Duty: Black Ops