Call of Duty Ghosts Sells Through Over One Billion Dollars Worth To Retailers

Written by Jon Sutton on Wed, Nov 6, 2013 5:30 PM
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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?

Be sure to let us know below!

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18:38 Nov-07-2013

Apparently it's has become a cool thing to hate COD. Some even claim the game is the same (the writer of the main article included) and yet complain that the maps are too big this time. How is that even logically sound? Same and yet too big?! Personally, I will stop buying the game if they change it. More of the same please!
And those that bash the game for being made for kids...kids? Even if that's true, how's that a bad thing? I don't get it. And oh, the chap who claim to have canceled his order, all I can say is LOL.
Whether those are retailers sales or consumer purchase, as some of you are trying to point out, it's clear that the franchise is being recognized than all it's rivals including the recent impressive BF 4.
I've enjoyed my time on BO2 and planning on getting ghost when my exams are done. I hope my laptop will be able to run it though. Keep hating.
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23:39 Nov-07-2013

I can't honestly hate someone for liking something I don't or hate a game for being the same with every new release (or worse, even); I will continue to vehemently criticize publishers and developers for pushing and conforming to these practices, however, and hope that even people who like these games recognize that in buying them they are being taken advantage of and act accordingly. Capitalism works for people who recognize that sixty euros sometimes just isn't good enough and others only make things worse for the rest. Do your part, people.

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20:17 Nov-13-2013

adolphite,totally agree,I'm begining to think hating CoD is a tradition now or the new "SWAG",people will always hate,I ROFL-d so hard at Ghosts' release date.
People logic when it comes to CoD games: "OMG the game is the same as the last one,nothing changed"
Ghosts came out: "WTH this game is so different,CoD sucks,they changed too much".
It's really pathetic to hate on CoD without any clear reason,my favourite CoD haters are the "Gonna tell I ain't buying the new CoD,although I never even bought any CoD" (e.g. This CoD is the sh*t,I'm not buying CoD games anymore).

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11:48 Nov-07-2013

I hope Call of Duty outsold GTA V in consumer sells.

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09:03 Nov-07-2013

meh... just kids being kids.

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06:14 Nov-07-2013

I never understood that tag line: "The Ghosts are real"

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05:03 Nov-07-2013

I cancelled my preorder ah **** :/

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00:51 Nov-07-2013

I would like to correct you. *stacking up a whopping $1 billion in revenue from day one sales to parents that have no idea what they are buying for there kids.

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09:04 Nov-07-2013

The article is talking about retailer sells, NOT the consumer sells ;)

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11:16 Nov-07-2013

Today I picked up a copy on ps3 for my nephew at Meijer, I told him they may be sold out but to my surprise they still had copies. I thought that was rather odd for a C.O.D game.

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00:49 Nov-07-2013

Keep in mind, this is just sales to retailers. This isnt actual game sales, and they havent made any public release about day 1 sales (Which they've always done the day after) So I think it flopped honestly, and the $1 billion in sales to RETAILERS was a total waste on their part.

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21:06 Nov-06-2013

i find it funny that they copied a cutscene from MW2. ACTIVISION YOUR RICH SURELY YOU CAN MAKE A CUTSCENE

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22:19 Nov-06-2013

yup

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09:05 Nov-07-2013

Ahahahahahahhaa, OMFG :D :D

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09:16 Nov-07-2013

Just changed the damn texture XD

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21:05 Nov-06-2013

I literally cant make it through a single match without everyone losing connection. also when i spin around itll "jump" and what should make me do a 90 degree turn has now made me do a complete 360. it got a little better after reducing the polling rate on my mouse but still makes it awful to play. Also the FOV is locked to 65 while i normally play at 90 so you can imagine the horrible headaches.

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21:02 Nov-06-2013

1 Billion Dollars WOW kidz have to much money these days cause its only 12 year olds who play these games.

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19:46 Nov-06-2013

If anyone is looking for a good MP review watch TotalBiscuits. It literally sums everything up about the PC port. and by the way... It's BAD

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20:44 Nov-06-2013

Thanks! I watched it just now :D

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17:45 Nov-06-2013

I heard the ending cinematic was ripped straight from Modern warfare 2

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17:54 Nov-06-2013

It wasnt the ending cinematic.. It was one from the 1st mission. But it was ripped straight

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23:07 Nov-06-2013

And kids say the "copy-and-paste" job is an easter egg :|

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17:33 Nov-06-2013

what do you guys think of it? im considering buying it

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17:42 Nov-06-2013

All i have to say about it is: Meh

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18:04 Nov-06-2013

Is that what you got to say to COD? What I got to say is:NO! 3 hour long campaign and alot of smacktalk to Dice for being better then their BF4 and BF3 packed up SIngle Player? I'd say no. Only reason why people buy this is are most of the times kids who want it soo bad, so AKA, cod fanboys, go ahead Thumb me down for speaking the truth :)

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18:28 Nov-06-2013

That's true. My opinion is: buy BF4 instead, a lot better

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18:43 Nov-06-2013

If you'd like a exciting single player campaign and a fun multiplayer. COD Ghosts is the perfect pick. BF singleplayer is terrible, pick it up if you fancy the multiplayer but I'd recommend the FREE PlanetSide 2 game over this.

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18:44 Nov-06-2013

Just to say i already have Bf4 :P i need more ram tho to run it well, GPu and CPu max at like 60% as my ram fills and my HDD is used for RAm with a page file :/

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20:32 Nov-06-2013

Get wasted with the money because it's better than buying this game xD

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20:46 Nov-06-2013

So, I was stupid and bought this game on the PC, and I've finished the game... so no Do not buy this for the campaign, because they weren't lying with the 3-2 hour campaign...

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