Activision has released details on the size of the Call of Duty franchise. A news release states that sales of this series have exceeded $ 3 billion in the last 12 months. In addition, the number of people playing Call of Duty and the time spent playing the game are breaking records. The milestone comes after the launch of Black Ops Cold War, which analysts believe isn’t selling, as is the very popular Call of Duty: Modern Warfare in 2019.
According to Activision figures, Call of Duty sales, or “online booking” in company terms, have increased by 80% year-to-date and unit sales have increased by more than 40%. The press release did not provide any further granularity about what the “unit” refers to.
The press release also stated that in 2020 more than 200 million people would play the Call of Duty game on all installations. Especially for consoles and PCs, the Call of Duty franchise reached “the largest number of players in recorded history” in 2020. In addition, November 2020 was the “largest” November in the Call of Duty franchise’s record for monthly player numbers. Time played with.
Given the expansion of the series in recent years, we anticipate an increase in players and the time spent on Call of Duty. The battle royale game Call of Duty: Warzone is extremely popular and has attracted more than 85 million players since its launch in March. Call of Duty Mobile is also doing very well with 300 million downloads in the first year. These are games that didn’t exist 18 months ago and are microtransaction jaguar notes with a business model that you can play for free. In addition, this year was a really huge year for the franchise with the release of Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 Remastered.
Warzone will soon be ready for a major update as the game’s Season 1 expansion transforms the game with new content based on Black Ops. This update was originally scheduled for release on December 10th, but has recently been postponed to December 16th.
Research group Cowen & Company has released a memo to investors regarding Activision’s statement on Call of Duty. The company pointed out that Activision is not specific about Black Ops Cold War sales. Cowen & Company’s “rough guess” shows that unit sales are down about 15-20% compared to Modern Warfare.
Black Ops Cold War, which is expected to be the best-selling game in the United States in 2020, will be a huge number, at least 20%.