BLAM! HEADSHOT! The bigwigs over at Activision Blizzard are getting their bragging pants on with today’s announcement that Call of Duty: Ghosts (which launched worldwide this Tuesday) has generated $1 billion in world wide revenue on it’s launch day alone!
Before anyone anyone starts drawing comparisons to GTA V’s $800m launch day takings in a battle of one upmanship, however (I’m still looking at you Activision), it’s important to note that this figure is the ‘sell in’ figure (The amount purchased by RETAILERS) not the figure that’s actually in consumers hands.
But the fun statistics don’t stop there! According to data sourced by Activision from Microsoft, COD: Ghosts now sits on the number spot for most played game on XBL this week and average play sessions have been much longer than those of the previous iterations.
Jumping into our speculation time machine and looking at the next gen that’s now only a few weeks away now, COD: Ghost is Gamestop’s (or EB’s, if you’re that way inclined) most preordered next gen game, with Activision’s Publishing CEO Eric Hirshberg saying:
“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.”
With these statistics the landscape of the next generation of consoles pretty much echo’s Solid Snakes raspy words perfectly: War really never changes.