Activision is in a boisterous mood this week, announcing that Call of Duty: WWII and Destiny 2 are the top two selling console games in North America based on revenue for the entirety of 2017. In addition, Destiny 2 has become the biggest PC launch in Activision’s history, with the sequel already outselling the lifetime sales of the original across all platforms.
It’s easy to think that Destiny 2 had a muted launch on PC due to the 6-week delay, yet Destiny 2’s PC launch on PC was bigger than any Call of Duty has ever been.
Talking of Call of Duty: WWII, it’s now the highest grossing game of 2017. “Call of Duty: WWII is the #1 top grossing console game of the year in North America, and Destiny 2 is #2,” said Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision. “That means Call of Duty has been the #1 top grossing console gaming franchise in North America for a staggering nine years in a row, and worldwide eight out of the last nine years. Thank you to our players for your incredible passion and engagement. And thank you to our talented, committed teams all across the globe that make incredible results like this happen.”
So, uh, fair play Activision, I guess. They certainly know how to crank out blockbusters, even if the final product can be a little rote and/or disappointing. You can read what Jon thought of COD: WWII in his review here.
Just when you think Call of Duty is on the decline it comes roaring back into life. All eyes are going to be on next year’s iteration now, to see whether Activision sticks of twists with the historical warfare concept.
Who’s picked up either of these titles this holiday season? Deserving bestsellers? Let us know your thoughts!