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Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 US launch sales '14% less' than Modern Warfare 3

Activision recently tooted their sales horn for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 after it secured a cool $1bn in just 15 days. However according to NPD data for US retail, it sold less than Modern Warfare 3.

Combined Xbox 360 and PS3 sales puts Modern Warfare 3 at 8.8 million copies sold during its launch month, while Black Ops 2 managed just 7.4 million. This is the blockbuster series' first decline.

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AdmiralSnake1322d ago

It made them money, is this necessary ?

Lets make an article for every single game franchise that doesn't do as well as the previous installment....

Talk to me when we see the lifetime sales. A decline in the beginning means nothing, lifetime sales if black ops 2, will tell us if its declining or not.

MidnytRain1322d ago

The sales aren't gonna suddenly spike out of nowhere and reclaim losses. Lol at lifetime sales. There's not much time for that considering there's a new CoD every year.

KillerBBs1322d ago

truely Some of the worst online experiences I have every had is with this game. Unexcusable Hit detection even on a high speed connection.

ambientFLIER1321d ago

Hmm...been ok for me. What system are you on?

dedicatedtogamers1322d ago

That's because the US game market is dying. Despite Black Ops II and Halo 4 (two massive, MASSIVE games) and the WiiU all launching in the same time frame, the game industry sales as a whole have been down 11% compared to last year.

That's pretty bad.

AdmiralSnake1322d ago

Compared to other industries in the worldwide economy ?

Gaming is doing alright to me.

dedicatedtogamers1322d ago (Edited 1322d ago )

An 11% decline in the biggest entertainment industry in the world at the busiest time of the year with the biggest games/console of the year all launching? I'd say that's a bad decline, no matter how you cut it.

spicelicka1322d ago (Edited 1322d ago )

that doesn't mean anything, it's not dying just catching its breath. Think about it, the consoles have been out for 7 yearss, everyone that wants to own a system already owns one, now they're just squeezing the remaining population.

It's just that the console lifecycles have been stretched compared to previous gens which had around 5 year cycles. Games sales may have been low, but as soon as new consoles come out next year, the industry will refresh itself.

Anon19741322d ago (Edited 1322d ago )

Sounds about right. That seems in keeping with the overall decline we're seeing in the US games industry as a whole. Unlike some, I don't think a 10% dip in sales in the US during the current economic climate is anything to be overly concerned about.

The previous years saw a spike due to the Wii's sudden popularity, then they saw another surge of interest in Kinect when the Wii started to fall out of the public eye. The spike in interest in those two products no doubt created a bit of a bubble these past 5 years when it came to consumer spending in the US and frankly now that the bubble's burst I'm surprised the industry isn't down more.

Tetsujin1322d ago

The entire industry going down is not something I welcome only because that means more jobs lost over time; however I do favor CoD declining because it gives Activision a wake up call that over time milking a franchise is only going to get tiring over time and force people to move on to other games.

Like I said I don't like/condone declines overall but I do like when the mass starts voting with their wallets and proving enough is enough.

GraveLord1322d ago

7 days less of tracking + Halo 4 launched the week before. Need I say more?