Despite less than stellar review scores, Call of Duty: Ghosts has crept in like a killer in the night, stacking up a whopping $1 billion in revenue from day one sales to retailers.
The perception in the gaming media might well be that this is an old dog wheeled out yet again to trot out even older tricks, but that hasn’t stopped the shooting behemoth from achieving mammoth sales yet again...
Call of Duty: Ghosts is not the only game to achieve such a feat this calendar year, after Grand Theft Auto 5’s barnstorming sales back in September earned it the accolade of fastest grossing entertainment property ever, recording $800m worth of actual sales in its first 24 hours.
In order to put that cool $1billion into perspective, the number bods at GD towers have calculated that a billion one dollar bills stacked flat atop one another would stretch further than 63 miles into the sky. The rocket bods at NASA believe that ‘Space’ as we know it officially starts at 62 miles from the Earth’s surface. You don’t need us to tell you how astronomical Call of Duty: Ghost’s sales have been.
Of course Activision is keen to spin the publicity surrounding for its minorly changed outing, giving us figures that stack up well with GTA V until you take note that this is indeed to sales to retailers; how many of these have actually been sold is still very much up in the air.
Nevertheless, Call of Duty: Ghosts has still grabbed the number one spot for most played title on Xbox Live, as well as scooping up a new record for highest average session length, for now at least. As well as this, many next-generation gamers are going to be waiting until they picked their beloved new consoles up before dipping in for a copy of the game, and Activision’s Eric Hirshberg is brashly asserting that it will be the best-selling launch title for the upcoming consoles;
“This is the must have launch title for the next generation of consoles, and we expect Call of Duty: Ghosts to be the most successful launch title for the Xbox One and PS4 by a wide margin. In fact, according to GameStop, Call of Duty: Ghosts is their most pre-reserved next gen title."
Call of Duty's main rival, Battlefield 4, launched last week to swathes of problems, including game-breaking bugs and performance issues, but managed to debut at number two in the chart behind Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag.
Do you think that Ghost’s final sales figures will be significantly down on previous outings for the franchise?
Are sales to retailers even relevant in the industry?
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