Grand Theft Auto V literally pummeled the Call of Duty franchise back in September by taking away pretty much all of the records set by Call of Duty: Black Ops II and previous entries in the franchise. Well, Call of Duty: Ghosts is out now, and Activision are being quite quick to report some numbers.
Activision CEO Bobby Kotick has declared Call of Duty the largest franchise of the generation. Call of Duty: Ghosts has been decreed by him as the number 1 played title on Xbox Live after only having just launched. No news on how the game stands on PSN, PC or Nintendo Network.
“Call of Duty is by far the largest console franchise of this generation,” states Kotick. ”More people have played Call of Duty this year than ever before, logging four billion hours of gameplay. And in the last 12 months,Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, including its digital content, generated more revenues than any other console game ever has in a single year. Although it is too early to assess sell-through for Call of Duty: Ghosts, it’s launching at a time when the franchise has never been more popular.”
So, what about sales? Well Activision isn’t giving any numbers. In the past they’ve never been shy about bragging how much money they made in the first 24 hours, but not this year. All they’ve said is that they’ve sold $1 billion worth of copies to retailers. Last year, Call of Duty: Black Ops II grossed over $500 million in the first 24 hours and reached $1 billion in 15 days. From the looks of things, Call of Duty: Ghosts isn’t breaking any records.