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Call of Duty Population Explodes to 40 Million Users, Half Coming From Modern Warfare 3

Kotaku - Activision today said its Call of Duty franchise has more than 40 million monthly active users across all of its titles, half of that coming from the latest release, Modern Warfare 3.

What's more, there are 7 million users in the game's Call of Duty: Elite online service, 1.5 million of them as paying annual members.

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mcstorm2018d ago

You have to hand it to av for making this game so big. Yet again it goes to show your product dose not have to be the best on the market to be selling the most.

Im sure 97% of the people playing cod games are loving them and even though im not a cod fan its games lime this that keep the industry going.

SignifiedSix2018d ago

I agree. I used to be a huge CoD guy up until Modern Warfare. But my favorites of the series are 1 and 2 on the PC.
Those bolt action servers were FUN!
I have the second one, but Windows 7 hates it :(

DragonKnight2018d ago (Edited 2018d ago )

And this is why things are never going to change. 20 million people are playing Modern Warfare 3. A game EVERYONE knows hasn't really showed that it's different from MW2 in any significant way, and yet Activision made 1.2 billion in gross revenue (20 million x $60 a game) from this game alone. Factor in that 1.5 million people are paying $4.16 a month for Elite. That's $6,240,000 a month. Frickin' $748,800,000 a year. For what is essentially map packs to a game that should have included these map packs at launch since most of them are pretty much day one DLC.

People, you're the reason the FPS market is over-saturated. You're the reason mediocre crap is continuously and successfully released on an annual basis. You're the reason for DLC and extra subscription fees, and the increase in price of said fees.

This is what gaming has become now. Thank you very much for that. /rant

Ducky2018d ago (Edited 2018d ago )

"For what is essentially map packs to a game that should have included these map packs at launch since most of them are pretty much day one DLC."

Wait, why should those maps have been included at launch?
The vanilla game still comes with the same number of maps as the previous entries (I think it's 16? or something in that range)

Yea, the map packs were planned all along, but it's not like the base game itself is suffering from removal of content.

The people who are currently playing MW3 aren't necessarily the same people that have bought the past 4 games as well. The series has lost a lot of old fans, but it has made a lot of new fans in the same process.
As for the money, Elite is still cheaper than buying the map-packs separately, so really, that 'extra subscription fee' is just saving those players some money... and at least their DLC gives new maps instead of rehashing old ones from previous entries.

Finally, can the market really be oversaturated when CoD's sales are so high? If the consumers are still buying it, then it hasn't reached the saturation point...
and you can't just blame it on the people buying it either, because as mediocre as CoD may be, there isn't exactly any FPS game that rivals it on consoles (mostly due to them having a 30fps cap)

jdktech20102018d ago

Be careful about the no old maps comments because I can guarantee there will be some reskinned maps or at the least some maps that are HEAVILY inspired by older maps such as Overwatch (the new one that has serious highrise resemblance)

I agree with the rest of your statement and if MW3 wasn't a huge pile of blank, I wouldn't have an issue paying for Elite to get the DLC. As it is, I've gone back to Black Ops, BF3 and Gears 3 for my shooters until Treyarch's next COD game

DragonKnight2018d ago

"Wait, why should those maps have been included at launch?"

Because day one DLC is just content deliberately withheld from the final release and is a ripoff, duh. You don't agree with not being ripped off?

"Yea, the map packs were planned all along, but it's not like the base game itself is suffering from removal of content."

Semantics. We could both argue about that all day. I'd take the position that day one DLC automatically means removed content, thus your stance of not suffering from it, you'd then argue that there is already enough content there and no one would know what they were missing had they not announced it as day one DLC.

"The people who are currently playing MW3 aren't necessarily the same people that have bought the past 4 games as well. The series has lost a lot of old fans, but it has made a lot of new fans in the same process."

What's your point? That it's suddenly a new game because new people are potentially playing it? Sorry but no. The game doesn't get a pass for that. It's still the same basic game as MW2 and is still mediocre.

"As for the money, Elite is still cheaper than buying the map-packs separately, so really, that 'extra subscription fee' is just saving those players some money... and at least their DLC gives new maps instead of rehashing old ones from previous entries."

Well, jdktech2010 explained the map issue better than I could have, I'll let that comment stand.

"Finally, can the market really be oversaturated when CoD's sales are so high? If the consumers are still buying it, then it hasn't reached the saturation point..."

When games are devs are making waves of FPS games trying to capitalize on CoD's success, yes I can say the market is saturated. When mediocrity sells and is what is aspired to instead of quality, you damn right the market is saturated.

"and you can't just blame it on the people buying it either, because as mediocre as CoD may be, there isn't exactly any FPS game that rivals it on consoles (mostly due to them having a 30fps cap)"

Umm, yeah I can. Since people buying mediocre crap is exactly why things are the way they are. And since when do framerates make a good game? Trypical PC gaming argument right there, but beyond that, what exactly does CoD offer that needs to be rivaled? It's mediocre garbage that sells because it's easy twitch gaming, not because it's quality, skill based gaming. There are no games that rival it because there are either games vastly superior to it, or horrendously awful in comparison to it.

Ducky2018d ago (Edited 2018d ago )

"That it's suddenly a new game because new people are potentially playing it?"

You were blaming people who bought MW3 because according to you, they're buying the same game over and over leading to over-saturation of the FPS market.
My point was that people buying MW3 aren't necessarily to blame, because to them, the game is fresh.

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"When mediocrity sells and is what is aspired to instead of quality, you damn right the market is saturated."

So you're blaming CoD for being popular/successful? The 'mediocrity' bit is only your opinion, and you can't blame CoD just because other devs are trying to copy it. Blame those copycat devs for trying to chase 'mediocrity'.

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"And since when do framerates make a good game? Trypical PC gaming argument right there, but beyond that, what exactly does CoD offer that needs to be rivaled?"

That argument had nothing to do with PC gaming. For a fast paced shooter, you need a higher frame rate for smoother controls. Having a frame rate of 30 automatically disqualifies a game from matching CoD's controls or pace, thus, not being able to rival it.
Also, you failed to list any games.

We all know that a skill-based shooter is unlikely to be more popular than a casual-friendly shooter. However, that doesn't mean that a casual game is 'mediocre' just because it isn't to your tastes.

I haven't bought MW3 nor will I buy the next CoD game, but I'm also not going to piss over the people who do and blame them for buying a game they find to be enjoyable.
... and it's also unfair to blame the gaming industry's current state on those people because if we're going to start playing the blame game, then everyone is going down because most of us have supported the gaming industry's greed in one way or another.

PetitPiPi2018d ago

Such a popular game and it`s not even exclusive! Who woulda thunk?

mcstorm2018d ago

That is the big thing about this gen. There are really only a few massive exclusive games and at the moment they are halo gt and the mario games. The rest are big but not the same as the 3 i have just put.
The big games at the moment though are cod and fifa. But if you look back at this gen 3rd party games is where all the money is at even in the ps1 and ps 2 days. Ok some of them were classed as exclusives but that is because we really had the n64 against the ps1 so games like ff, crash, cod, MoH ect were only made on one console due to the amount of consoles that had been sold where this gen the ps3 and 360 are more or lest neck and neck in terms of sales and 3rd party games are the ones leading the way as well.

jbiz3202018d ago

love the game or hate it.. those are some MASSIVE numbers.. The bad part of that success is that you get every Harry, Dick and Tom game development studio putting out mediocre FPS after FPS hoping to grab even a sliver of that audience.

arnyftw2018d ago

It doesnt really matter, I dont consider people who play only one game serious gamers.

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