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Activision sold more than $1 billion of Call of Duty: Ghosts into retailers on day one

Activision sold more than $1 billion of Call of Duty: Ghosts into retail stores worldwide as of day one, the publisher has announced.

Furthermore, Activision confirmed that on the Xbox 360 average player sessions for Ghosts have been longer than either Black Ops II or Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, during the same time period.

Call of Duty: Ghosts launched worldwide on November 5. (Call of Duty: Ghosts, PC, PS3, PS4, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One)

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DarkLordMalik  +   830d ago
Now go and fix this shit, Activision. We need the frame rate issue fixed on PS4 and Xbox One and the glitch-fest PC version should also be patched.
hesido  +   830d ago
Activision should lay aside 200-300 millions of it and start building a truly next-gen engine if they want to keep this pace.

They could still pump out another one with this engine while they are working on that new one.
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Mustang300C2012  +   830d ago
Right because this doesn't get said every year for the last 8 years. I remember last year it was stated BF was going to destroy COD and then the year prior. Some of you should just put up a chalk board for all this and scratch the ideas you keep claiming should be what every year like it was for the PS3 that insert whatever will save the PS3.
UltimateMaster  +   830d ago
1$ billion to retailers.
Not customers.

It's important to know the difference.
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GiggMan  +   830d ago
If they do a new engine I hope it still includes co-op local multiplayer. That is the only reason why I'm getting the game eventually. I would love other splitscreen choices, but we live in a world where there aren't many...
JoGam  +   830d ago
They won't. Why? Because you guys keeps buying that bullshit. If I made a sub par hd game that sold 1 billion dollars I wouldn't care to put effort in to anything else.
bakasora  +   830d ago
That's sad news.
mikeslemonade  +   830d ago
1. They certainly won't sell out right away.

2. Battlefield isn't the answer to COD. They are starting turn into a milk-fest too, and I'm already tired of them.

There needs to be a new emerging shooter or a completely new genre. Madden and GTA were non-shooters and led the industry.
Lisica  +   830d ago
Why would they do that?

They earned $1 billion with an old engine.
Why waste money when the kids do not see the difference.
hesido  +   830d ago
@Lisica: They would do that to keep their userbase. COD used to be the pinnacle of fluid FPS gameplay at 60fps in the now-old gen, and Battlefield couldn't touch it in terms of responsiveness, there's only so many frames you can pump out when you have as ambitious goals as BF. No other FPS could hold a candle to COD in that regard as well.

Now people will be able to get their 60fps fluid FPS gameplay fix from other titles as well, Titanfall, Killzone, Battlefield, they all do 60fps MP, and if the latest reviews are anything to go by, they do it more consistently than COD can.

This may not de-crown COD saleswise, but Activision wouldn't want lesser sales and get burned by the end of the next generation, they have to be ready with an engine that makes better use of next gen hardware.
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da_2pacalypse  +   829d ago
Such misleading title... I hate when companies do this... It doesn't matter how many you sold to the retailers, you could have sold billions to retailers, but the result could have only been a few thousand sold...
bornsinner  +   829d ago
they lost the main devs who made the engine so dont expect that to happen when crappy devs are just copy & pasting the game because they simply can't use the engine properly
Razmossis  +   830d ago
Anyone else think this is a lie?
Not enough time has passed for stats to be collected by retailers and compiled by Activision.
There is literally nobody on my friendlist playing the game, compared to like 15-20 people playing GTAV one its day 1.
And look at the hottest games list on the N4G homepage, it's 2nd behind BF4.

This is a lie to keep share holders happy.
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jukins  +   830d ago
its not a lie its just cleverly worded. basically they shipped 1 billion worth of CoD to retailers. I know this is only one store but my local walmart sold only 40 copies across all platforms by 8 am yesterday compared to over 150 copies of Black ops II during its midnight launch.
raWfodog  +   830d ago
It's not a lie but it does keep shareholders happy. Selling the games to the retailers is money in the bank for Activision. Now the stores have to recoup their money from the consumers.
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J-R  +   830d ago
I believe they shipped $1 billion dollars worth of COD to retailers but I know they haven't sold that much.
I happened to be at Walmart last night and noticed their cases still fully stocked with copies of the standard game and hardened editions.
They wont be taking any records back from GTA5 any time soon.
onyoursistersback  +   830d ago
So, did they take R* crown for sales record or not...???
KYU2130  +   830d ago
your answer is no. The Distinction or retailer purchase and customer purchase is what has currently halted that. GTA5 was for sales to customers. CoD is for what as sold to retailers.

this is a very big difference. when it comes to record breaking.
onyoursistersback  +   830d ago

"Thanks for the info!!! That's great to hear!!!!"
GraveLord  +   830d ago
maybe you should play the game yourself on next-gen before repeating this shit.

I've heard plenty of people having problems with other COD games at launch which I never had myself.
Mosiac77  +   829d ago
Also spawning is an issue. i been spawning in front of enemies many times.
GamerXD  +   830d ago
On 'Retailers'. And on 4 platforms.
Wikkid666  +   830d ago
6 platforms
JustPlay4  +   830d ago
I'm shock(not really) be buying for PC soon hope the patch fixes the problems its been having
fluffydelusions  +   830d ago
I have the PC version and won't even play till it's fixed at this point. The menu freezing is so bad I can't even create a soldier. Won't even mention the obvious lag and frame drops this game has and also the ridiculous requirements. Blops 2 IMO looks better
DomceM  +   830d ago
You deserve it for buying this game.
Neonridr  +   830d ago
All I have to say is this..

What were you thinking IW?
DeadRabbits  +   830d ago
You get what you deserve when you buy this crap!
Underworld  +   829d ago
I know CoD doesn't change much and it would be nice if they made a new engine. But I will buy Ghosts. I just enjoy the CoD multiplayer. I always have fun with it, so I can't not buy it. If I'm having fun then who cares.
True_Samurai  +   830d ago
Omfg I thought the ending resembled cod 2!
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grahf  +   830d ago
This is for real? Like really real? Am I going to find this on Snopes in a few days as mythbusted? No? Wow.
Welshy  +   830d ago
PLEASE tell me that MW2 vs Ghosts ending is a hoax...

If that is seriously the ending, COD has got substantially worse and copy/paste since I gave the franchise up 2 days into Black Ops 1.
shivvy24  +   830d ago
Its not the ending, the scene was copy and pasted into an early level in ghosts
pwnsause_returns  +   830d ago
why do you people still buy this trash...I mean really..... I'm tried of people throwing money on franchises that do the same thing OVER AND OVER AND OVER AND OVER AGAIN..... you people are the reason why I have no faith in society....
grahf  +   830d ago
People that buy video games are the reason you have no faith in society and not any of the other hundreds of thousands of reasons like child-sex slavery or corrupt politicians or fanatical religious sects taking over countries?

Priorities, check!

Look, people buy crap all the time, otherwise McDonalds would be out of business. COD optimizes quick, easy consumerism. Its like the Angry Birds for consoles.
pwnsause_returns  +   830d ago
its terrible and insane.
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tanis_halfelven  +   829d ago

i was with you until you badmouthed mcdonalds :)

dem nuggets
AlexanderNevermind  +   830d ago
This isn't the ending for Ghosts is it? I thought I remember seeing this in the 1st 15 minutes of gameplay videos.
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Neonridr  +   830d ago
yeah, it's the ending of MW2, but they re-used the same scene in Ghosts (earlier in the game, like you said). Probably not uncommon,in the industry but they didn't do a very good job hiding it, lol
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AlexanderNevermind  +   830d ago
Thanks Neonridr,

Yeah its definitely copy pasted. I think it would have been worse if it was the ending.

But yeah well said at the probably not uncommon/devs just good at hiding it comment.
BISHOP-BRASIL  +   830d ago
Devs re-use assets all the time, but to this similitarity level? I don't think I ever saw that anywhere else before.

I mean, other may do even worse on quantity of stuff reused, look at Assassin's Creed for example, you see the same objects, buildings and textures all around on multiple games. But at least they rearrenge stuff, design new maps, new situations where you spot the same stuff... But hey, a brick is a brick, a wooden crate is a wooden crate, there's really no point to remake every minor detail if they'll just come out looking like the same stuff.

Now re-using so much (character setting, animations, even models look like they were only slightly updated) from a cutscene sequence like that? It talks volumes on IW creativity.
Wikkid666  +   830d ago
Hmmm... didn't seem like as many people playing as there normally is on day 1 to me.
DeadRabbits  +   830d ago
Anyone who paid for this crap needs to think long and hard why they do it every year, same goes for FIFA!

Break the habit play BF4!
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MethCupcakes  +   830d ago
No thanks, that game blows. BF3 ALL DAY.
Welshy  +   830d ago
Not that I'm excusing FIFA for it's full retail yearly releases, but that's a different ball game (pun intended).

FIFA's goal is a relatively realistic game to emulate what you see on TV, where as COD could could entire change genre let alone setting or tone. COD has the freedom to use rainbow launchers and interactive unicorns with the next sequel if they want, which is exactly mine and many other peoples issues.

They have both the creative talent and budget but just spit out the same game, with the same guns and the same old issues on the same 10 year old engine every year.

Vote with your wallet people. Boycott this crap and THEN you will see change. If they still get paid, they could care less.
DeadRabbits  +   830d ago
Yeah I see your point :)
carlingtat  +   830d ago
While I understand what you mean by Fifa in the yearly releases and not that much change, Fifa still change something compared to very very little change by COD. If you compare COD:Ghosts to COD4 very little has changed. However if you compare Fifa 14 to Fifa 2007 there has been a massive change in gameplay, game engine, game physics and even different game modes.
yezz  +   830d ago
Exactly! New season > new Fifa..

The last COD I enjoyed was the first Black Ops. After that they just lost the plot. All the games after BO have felt cold and bland. Not saying Black Ops was AMAZING but it was pretty good and still worth my money unlike these latest three..
Rask  +   830d ago
Why does this rehashed garbage sells so much? And yet unique games like Wonderful 101 and Puppeteer sells a lot less. The gaming industry is all messed up.
ritsuka666  +   830d ago
They will never get my money.
grahf  +   830d ago
I'll clue you in on Wonderful 101... Not many people own a Wii U, and the casual folks who bought the Wii can't tell the difference or even know there is a difference. Those people wouldn't have bought Wonderful 101 anyway...

Its a shame, Big N got lucky with the Wii, but this time around being so far behind the technology curve and not branding properly has really backfired.
WeAreLegion  +   830d ago
Because the Wonderful 101 shouldn't be a $60 game. I enjoyed it, but no way should I have spent that much on it. Puppeteer released at $40. I'd say that's a better price point.
Ac7iVe  +   830d ago
I bought ghosts and wonderful 101 last night ;-) ghosts is cool better then black ops , a lot more customization
ShaunCameron  +   829d ago
But Puppeteer fared worse on the shelves than TW101. The lower launch price couldn't do anything for it.
The_Truth_24_7  +   830d ago
GTA5 = Pwned!
Rask  +   830d ago
How exactly? GTAV puts CoD Ghosts to shame in terms of quality.
Shadonic  +   830d ago
so true it even looks better than Ghosts Pc and next gen versions.
raWfodog  +   830d ago
Nah, not really. The difference is that Activision is reporting what they sold to the retailers only, not on how many consumers have bought the game. The GTAV $1 billion sold was what consumers bought from the retailers.
Snookies12  +   830d ago
It clearly says "sold into retailers on day one". That is not how many copies are sold to people. So no, GTA5 was not "pwned".
ritsuka666  +   830d ago
I honestly doubt it made this much.
Xsilver  +   830d ago
Really Gamers every Single time you keep promoting this game and expect them to change i lose fate in gaming every time Cod sells over a billion
FullmetalRoyale  +   830d ago
paleselan  +   830d ago
This is just shipped to retailers, not sold.
Wikkid666  +   830d ago
To Activision... that means sold.

Activision sells to retails
Retailers sell them to customers
JamieL  +   830d ago
Well that is the difference, but they are trying to put it out there like they beat GTA5 which isn't the case. I don't ever remember hearing this kind of report for a game release. It's always been how many games were sold to customers before, now that GTA5 spanked COD's ass they come up with this spin. I bet the fact it didn't even do black ops 2 numbers along with GTA5's new records that caused them to make up this report.
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andibandit  +   830d ago
Dosnt make a difference to activision, just means retailers are stuck with the turd.
RetardedIceCream  +   830d ago
And people say COD is in danger
RedSoakedSponge  +   830d ago
cancelled my preorder today. says something since iv only ever cancelled like 2 or 3 games in the past.
mhunterjr  +   830d ago
Welp as long as this trash keeps selling, they'll never take the time to upgrade the crappy engine... Oh well...
kwyjibo  +   830d ago
What PR bullshit.

This has sold less than GTA V and Black Ops 2 did. But we'll throw out a big number to confuse you into thinking it did better.

Having $1B of inventory sitting on shop shelves is not impressive.
andibandit  +   830d ago
Just wait til the numbers for sold-to-customers are revealed, then youll see some first class pr bs.

Theyll be like:
Its because customers dont know what platform to buy for
PR_FROM_OHIO  +   830d ago
The sad thing is that so many people were trading in BF4 already for this garbage at GameStop yesterday is crazy SMH bc to me BF4 is so much better!
andibandit  +   830d ago
Sorry but 12vs12
Just isnt a battlefield
grahf  +   830d ago
There will hopefully be a shift next year when it goes next-gen exclusive. Pre-orders for BlOps2 were around 3.5 million, this year across 4 platforms they're barely over 2 million. Now, there are a bunch of retailers offering trade ins to get the next-gen version, but i'm not sure how many of the current gen CoDers are going to be upgrading next week.

Who knows. I rented it. It was OK. Hate 1/2 the maps. Pacing is slower. $2 well spent, thanks Redbox (and Obama!).
andibandit  +   830d ago
Its going exclusive????
grahf  +   829d ago
I meant when it abandons this current gen and development is exclusively for the Bone/PSFo (and PC!!!)

There are obvious tech limitations that they are self-imposing by having a similar experience across all platforms, and they're also using a thousand year old engine optimized for the current generation (and the last few as well...).

Frankly I'm not impressed with this year's iteration, but my hope is that in a years time we will have a better overall product.

I know, hoping for a new CoD engine is like hoping that the sun will be blue tomorrow (which is impossible).
TheEnigma313  +   830d ago
They sold that much to retailers not to consumers.
tudors  +   830d ago
No way they sold that many, not to retailers or the public.
TheEnigma313  +   830d ago
They over shipped.
grailly  +   830d ago
crazy how I keep on forgetting that this game is already out, I just don't care for the franchise anymore, and I used to love it.
TheEnigma313  +   830d ago
Same here. I gave up after black ops the first one.
waltonboy52  +   830d ago
There's now way they will pass GTA I went to midnight release for both GTA and Ghost at my local GameStop. For GTA there was about 250-300 ppl in line. For ghost there was only about 50-75 ppl. I know this is what they sold to retailers not customers and I think if activision did pass rockstar they would be bragging about it by now, but of course it does take time to get the numbers. We will see if they can beat it. Best of luck to to them.
cyhm3112  +   830d ago
No way it can beat gta.
first1NFANTRY  +   830d ago
Glad I didn't contribute to that undeserved number of sales. Why people keep buying these games yearly is beyond me. I really think the teens are their main consumers. You know, the ones with no responsibilities and money from mom and dad to blow.
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GirlOnFire  +   830d ago
I'm glad I didn't buy into this crap. I'll buy when the game is fixed. Speaking of needing fixing Battlefield 4 is killing me with the game freezes or crashes. I hope they fix the games...
MasterCornholio  +   830d ago
Its sad to see a terrible game sell so well.


Nexus 7 2013
KYU2130  +   830d ago
just to clarify the crap being slung about beating GTA5 here is the Guiness books page on the records broken.

also key words used were "grossing" which typically represents per piece sales.
NYC_Gamer  +   830d ago
Call of Duty is still a beast when it comes to sales
cyhm3112  +   830d ago
This is just some BS try to keep the Call of Duty Brand Name strong, but I guess most people will fall for it. Just like, wow so many people buy it. It must be great!! I got to buy it too. But in fact, the one billion worth of unit of games might be what the game will eventually sell in its lifetime. I hope this is the case. This game doesn't deserve so many sales.
Return_of_the_Mack  +   830d ago
::cries out loud::

WHY! It's so mediocore this year. Its so mediocore every year! I JUST WANT MY BROTHER BACK!

Come back bro.
GBELKIN1  +   830d ago
Unfortunately this article is inaccurate. It's confirmed that Activision shipped $1 billion to retailers globally which is a huge difference than sell through which is the consumer. GTA V sell through was $800 million in its 1st 24 hours globally. Sell through #'s most likely will be reported by Activision later this week
GBELKIN1  +   830d ago
My mistake the article is correct as I read it wrong.
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