Black Ops poised to set preorder record

GameStop says Treyarch-developed Call of Duty title outpacing last year's Modern Warfare 2 figures, on its way to all-time record.

Last year’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 was one of the most hugely successful games of all time. It raked in over $1 billion at retail, helped the franchise move 20 million downloadable content map packs, and continues to be a top-played game online. However, the next Call of Duty title, due out next month, might set new records.

GameStop's Black Ops preorder figures are huge.

According to GameStop, Call of Duty: Black Ops is poised to surpass Modern Warfare 2’s tallies and break the retailer’s all-time preorder record.

"GameStop is tracking to all-time, record reservations on Call of Duty: Black Ops,” said Bob McKenzie, senior vice president of merchandising at GameStop. “We are ahead of where we were with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 last year, which previously set the industry standard.”

Specific numbers were not provided, but GameStop’s comments echo the preorder assessment Pacific Crest analyst Evan Wilson made in July.

If preorders are indicative of total sales (and they often are), Black Ops will fall in line with Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick’s thought that each entry in the Call of Duty series will outperform its predecessor.

However, Wilson doesn’t think Black Ops will break Modern Warfare 2’s sales records. He has pegged Black Ops to sell 12 million units in the holiday season. Modern Warfare 2 moved 16 million in the same period.

Call of Duty: Black Ops, with 3D support, goes on sale for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Nintendo Wii, DS, and PC on November 9. For more on the shooter, check out GameSpot’s most recent hands-on coverage.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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TheRealUser101
TheRealUser101

With Modern Warfare 3, Sledgehammer Games will be working with Infinity Ward on the single-player aspect of the game. It's funny that Raven Software will be working on the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 multiplayer version; weapons, maps, perks and killstreaks. MW3 features a cooperative mode titled Special Ops too.

fLaMbOaStiN
fLaMbOaStiN

5 more days till midnight launch.. u can bet ill be there :)

New-Vegas-Fan
New-Vegas-Fan

@rooster0567 Well, yes i think your right lol

rooster0567
rooster0567

@New-Vegas-Fan its prolley because you have fallout... i mean yo seem like a pretty die hard fallout fan.

rooster0567
rooster0567

hey i have a question... will the game work after i cum on it?

lunaticrichard
lunaticrichard

just sold a bunch of games to get black ops next week. i'm exited !

Jecr9
Jecr9

I think black ops that sell more than they did themselves a favor to sell more by throwing war WAW to be old people were eager to play again with modern gun that's why people loved so much modern black ops warfere 2 but changed everything online system and guns are not old to me that black ops sales break record

conkerton
conkerton

@mattman127 I hated World at War at first. MW2 came out and I immediately missed the game play and old single shots. Treyarch was 50/50 with me, but after this last glitch hack fest they are looking better and better. Plus it sounds like they really want to make a good game and not just a good paycheck (well they probably want that too).

mattman127
mattman127

Don't know about any of you, but I freaking love World at War, much less frustrating than Call of Duty 4 and Modern Warfare 2. Big Red One was also my very first Call of Duty, so I'm quite fond of Treyarch and how they make their games.

riley3664
riley3664

ha ha black ops! while you might be 'poised' to break it, assassins creed brotherhood already has!

grasshopper6
grasshopper6

this game should be good I like how some of it is gonna be in Nam

Shmib
Shmib

Bad Company 2 is in no way an impersonation of Cod.

smokeless_0225
smokeless_0225

I love how the hater trolls get on here blazing on CoD just because it has outsold (or is outselling) their favorite game. I've played all the games and the ONLY one that might have the ability to make a stand against CoD is Halo:Reach (and I said "might"). All the others are either very pointless with horrible graphics and gameplay (MGO, KZ2, Borderlands, etc.), or just cheap impersonations of CoD (MAG, BC2, MoH) who set the bar for first person shooting. Just remember what the numbers say. Oh yeah, and @ Nano1124 I completely agree with ya!

Nano1124
Nano1124

Question: Will there be titles cause i don't see any? I heard Infinity Ward was sued can anyone tell me why and what happened?

Nano1124
Nano1124

This could be Treyarch turning point, I didn't like WaW that much. I only loved the zombies that was it. I like MW2 and MW1 but i am still going to get Black Ops because of its customization. who is it to argue with that it looks awesome and Black Ops is the first to do that in any Call of Duty game. Black Ops is gonna be great and please people don't hack it so you can be 10th prestige or whatever that ruins the fun for all of us players and it shows you are lazy to rank up too.

rockhead355
rockhead355

This is gonna b a great game, tons of custimazation...

SolanOcard
SolanOcard

and yes, "Thanksfully" is a word. It just does not appear in any conventional... or real... dictionary.

SolanOcard
SolanOcard

louisrackley, game quality is important. Entertainment value is also important. People love Modern Warfare 2 for it's online multiplayer. Imagine after paying 60$ for the game, having to pay 5-10 a month extra to continue playing it. THAT is a ripoff. That is the plan of the Activision "c.e.o bloke" Bobby Kotick, the biggest idiot in the industry. COD 4 and Modern Warfare 2 were created by Infinity Ward, the majority of who jumped ship. Treycarch, who is making Black Ops, made the lame World at War. How much do you want to bet this game will be equally as lame? Thanksfully, they are trying a new setting (World War 2 is so 66 years ago) but they simply are not as good of a studio as Infinity Ward was before it imploded.

louisrackley
louisrackley

I don't really care about all of this stuff about about that c.e.o bloke, if i want a game and it looks good then i'm going to buy it! lol

SolanOcard
SolanOcard

What is wrong with you people? This is a Treyarch developed game. ITS GONNA SUCK.

hardeman
hardeman

the series has been going down hill since call of duty 4, treyarch tried to ride the wave with world at war, then the kings came back and even though it was good, modern warfare 2 is very flawed, flawed to the point that i had to make the decision to stop playing, now here is treyarch again trying to make another pass, i think blade said it best "theres always some mofo trying to skate uphill"

crunchb3rry
crunchb3rry

I don't think it'll break the record. Casual sales will probably be big, but hardcore gamer sales will drop because too many people have Treyarchaphobia.

Venom341
Venom341

Nobody would even pay attention to this game if it didn't have the title Call of Duty on the box...

UltimateRAGEX
UltimateRAGEX

MW2 just makes me rage playing multiplayer on it so I made the best decision, I stopped playing it.

lithus
lithus

eriktkire says " this is info from people that have actually played Black Ops within the industry" well man, I wasn't there. So do enlighten me. " Mentioning that little detail in their marketing campaigns would kill alot of preorders" umm what? So, you're saying they're just gonna slip that little nugget by the gamers and media? But you knew ALL about it though! You're a real insider huh? lol But we shall see.

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

@KotickIsGenius I love the username and image but I can't tell if you genuinely idolize Kotick or if you are taking the piss out of him.

eriktkire
eriktkire

@lithus I already mentioned that this is info from people that have actually played Black Ops within the industry. Mentioning that little detail in their marketing campaigns would kill alot of preorders. Kotick may know **** all about the gaming industry, but he knows how to milk this cow of every last drop. I'll say this, I've been told it's literally half the multiplayer modes that will be locked out. You can always assume my friends are lying to me. But then there's the nature of Kotick to contend with. Ask yourself... is it really so impossible considering how obsessed he is with milking the franchise?

lithus
lithus

@eriktkire: as for the engine debate, my point was that you made it seem like the same thing, just "a lot of tweaks" (your words). agree to disagree or what ever. But show me one link, just one that even mentions the concept of charging gamers for "multiplayer features" other than maps. (which you still have yet to name).

dwd_27
dwd_27

It's just famous cus of mw2 and treyach are getting the credit that infinty ward started. Treyach is good but infinty ward made call of duty to "cod" and infinty ward did even tough treyach got world at war what is not as good as mw2.....

eriktkire
eriktkire

@lithus no, it's not the same principle here. Your Camaro analogy is completely way off. What has changed in the CoD engine? It hasn't been redesigned, it hasn't been reimagined (we're talking about the engine here)... it has some visual tweaks and some balancing adjustments. They haven't overhauled the physics, ballistics, etc. If they plonked the 68 Camaro engine/chasis/general mechanics under the sleeker, more refined 09 Camaro body... that's what CoD is. They didn't make a new engine for MW2. As for the multiplayer details... you'll find out. If you're confident it won't happen go ahead and preorder, but I'd recommend you wait a week to see the reviews from actual gamers, not game press. You're absolutely convinced it won't happen no matter what, so there's no point enlightening you.

lithus
lithus

@eriktkire: So by your logic...a 69' Camaro is "The Same" thing as a 2009 Camaro? Both are based on the same principle, yes? Once you modify anything, it ceases being the same. May be based on it's predecessor, but NOT the same thing, just because it has a "few tweaks" as you calmly put it. I'd say your logic is flawed. And what "multiplayer features" are you talking about? The ONLY thing as of now that anyone would have to actually pay for is downloadable maps. That's it. I don't know where you get your info, but I suggest you do it without your tin foil hat.

benz1980i
benz1980i

@ SopranosFan Just don't buy the extra maps. I didn't for the last game. I agree about having to pay extra for things that should have been in the game originally. With all the money they make then surely they could give us, the fans something back for making them the buisness they are now and so successful

benz1980i
benz1980i

"Black Ops will fall in line with Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick’s thought that each entry in the Call of Duty series will outperform its predecessor. " World at War sold more copies than modern warfare(1)??? I cant imagine that being true

SopranosFan
SopranosFan

@eriktkire I have no doubt that what you are saying about paying money to get multiplayer features. This is all Kotick does and if you people keep buying the game he will continue to do it and if other companies think they can then they will do the same. I don't like using the word boycott but this is the year to let Kotick know we are tired of it and complaining on a website isn't going to change his mind. If you don't want gaming to go down this road where we pay extra for every little thing after paying $60 for the game and the company making MILLIONS then vote with your purchase. This year is a great year to do it as well with Halo Reach and Medal of Honor either just out or out tomorrow and Bad Company 2 still not being to old and in all honesty I still enjoy playing COD 4 and COD WAW online. We NEED to let Activision know that we aren't going to stand for Kotick's nonsense.

Jinjuri
Jinjuri

@tiggerboy "Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, one of the most successful failures of all time!!!" There you go, fixed.

Dragonsingh3000
Dragonsingh3000

i dont no if i will get the hardened version, might just stick with the simple over-priced standard :-/

tiggerboy
tiggerboy

I'm getting the prestige edition because I am a stupid sucker for gimmicks. Hopefully it won't be a complete waste of money and time.

tiggerboy
tiggerboy

"Last year’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 was one of the most hugely successful games of all time." I hate to be this guy, cause I think at times this guy is a d-bag, but who thought that sentence was correct? Do they just slap something together and trow it up for all to read without checking what they wrote?

eriktkire
eriktkire

@lithus heavily modified is still the same engine. Brink is based on the Doom 3 engine (iDTech 4 or whatever its official name is)... and THAT is an example of "heavily modified". Not just because of the megatexture tech that had since been introduced into it. By comparison the CoD engine is barely tweaked. The only major thing that was really done to it was it was given a secondary coding to fit into the DX10/11 system. There is nothing revolutionary or ground brreaking about the CoD engine. Any DX10/11 tweaks are inherent in the actual DirectX system and not creditable as an advancement on the part of the CoD engien... still the same engine. My use of the word "literally" stands true. And you WILL have to pay real money to unlock multiplayer features as if they're part of a DLC. Just wait and see, there are some surprises in store for you. You know, there are people that have actually played Black Ops already and they're not happy about that little fact (though they do say the gameplay is fun, nothing new other than novelty variations on the same ole CoD4 game design... but fun). And before you ask, no, I'm not going to say, even vaguely, where in the industry those people work that they gained access to the game and were able to share these details. I'm hardly going to get some friends in trouble over their NDA contracts just to satisfy your curiosity. Rest assured it will be Kotick's hand in this that you end up hating, not Treyarch's.

MURDERAH
MURDERAH

yeah cranberry juice...what are you on your period?

gbrading
gbrading moderator

For as long as the Call of Duty name sells, Activision are going to exploit it to maximum potential.

razu2444
razu2444

LOL, PSP version not available?!?!

New-Vegas-Fan
New-Vegas-Fan

@RhysHayes this is the only COD that seems to have alot more details to the online play(which is mostly why people buy COD) but this one time i dont really want this one on launch day as you said.....strange

Petch1984
Petch1984

I'm not going to get this, it will be a decent enough game but I just want to wait for the huge leap forward for the genre. It will be interesting to see what Call of Duty gets released next year since the main IW team left - but I can't imagine it being a huge departure. The FPS genre seems to be evolving quite slow now - I guess it's because this gen is getting old and certain companies dare not risk losing their fanbase.

oskuuu
oskuuu

@AdamWriter I just don't find mw2 so good that i should get it; i mean i would probably like it, but as far as i know the story-mode is shorter than in mw1 and it was already too short. i got xbox live, but im not too fond on online gaming =/

Scatilicious
Scatilicious

@ Xtatic324 Embarrassed? No, not at all. Just proving a very valid point to give my 'followers' a chuckle at your expense for making such a throw-away, hypocritical comment. You were implying that people buying updates every year is a 'travesty', yet you are willing to buy games such as Final Fantasy every year. I also love FF but I was simply pointing out that you gave the roundly criticised FF13 a 9.5/10. Your brain and common sense is being masked as soon as you see the 'Square Enix' logo flash on your television. You have no place criticising others for purchasing updates of their favourite game. Nuff said.

UltimateRAGEX
UltimateRAGEX

lol glad I'm not one of those people who bought those over-priced map packs for MW2. Hell, they aren't even worth half the price let alone 1200MSP *EACH*. I sure as hell won't be milked into buying more map packs for CoD games.