Black Ops to top Modern Warfare 2 launch - GameStop

Specialty retailer believes Activision's latest Call of Duty title will top last year's record-smashing Infinity Ward-developed hit.

Activision released the Infinity Ward-developed Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 in November 2009, and it was kind of a big deal. Within 24 hours, the game had sold 4.7 million units in the US, Canada, and UK alone, generating more than $330 million in the process. By the end of its first week, the game had smashed records across a variety of media, as the sales juggernaut passed the $550 million marker and eventually pulled in more than $1 billion.

Black Ops has its sights set on Modern Warfare 2.

Last night, thousands of retailers across the globe began selling Modern Warfare 2's follow-up, the Treyarch-developed Call of Duty: Black Ops, and the largest of those specialty shops believes Activision will be pleased with the results. Speaking to Gamasutra, GameStop merchandising senior VP Bob McKenzie said Black Ops' launch will eclipse that of Modern Warfare 2.

"I think it's a loyal fan base for the franchise and [Activision has] done a great job of really getting out in front of it and really making this an event," McKenzie said. "I'm convinced it'll be the biggest launch that we've ever had, that the industry has ever seen…Each one of these, they get so much bigger that you kind of look at it…thinking each one can't be bigger than the prior year. But really, for over 12 weeks we've been tracking at a number that surpassed last year's."

McKenzie also noted that he does not believe consumers will be deterred by the fact that Treyarch is developing this year's Call of Duty title, and not the destabilized Infinity Ward outfit.

"You look at the history of Call of Duty, and they've had the dual studios for so many years that this is not out of sequence," he said. "The consumer…is used to and accepting of the fact that Treyarch does one and then it's [Infinity Ward] doing the next. I think that if that cycle was broken…then I'd have a little more hesitation. But, again, everything is in line."

Call of Duty: Black Ops is now available for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, DS, and PC. For more information, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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hengq
hengq

please make MODERN WARFARE 3 ASAP to change this BLACK (B)OOPS. this is HEAVEN's for CAMPERS. this game is the best of the WORST. this is a BREAKDOWN for COD or SHOOTING GENRE full with FAULTY. DISCONNECTED due to TRANSMISSION ERROR. the MP STUCK (WAITING MORE PLAYERS to BEGIN MATCH, even the player allready BALANCED 18/18 for the GROUND WAR i.e "THIS SERVER ERROR"). BLINKING SCREEN.too small size enemy graphics. too many BIG ROOMs.so that every one can shoot at you.SLOW SERVER uncomfort weapon sistem. difficult to use the EQUIPMENT like the C4, JAMMER, motion sensor, etc (TOO MANY BUTTON HAVE to push) not like MW2.please make MODERN WARFARE 3 as quick as possible. the PERKS have a difficult CHALLENGE to upgrade. useless weapons. scavenger perk cannot reload/resupply RPG or 2ndary weapons or equipment like C4 / claymore. PLEASE FORWARD this MESSAGE to ACTIVISION. luckily the COD:BLACK (B)ooPs was given FREE from my PSN FRIEND. PRAISE LORD JESUS becos HE is GENEROUS to me, dont want me to loose my money for buying CRAPS. I DONT EVEN FINISH THE SINGLE PLAYER CAMPAIGN. is it score 9.0 fitted this game?

crossaxe
crossaxe

@Moloch121 um no ive watched all the big reviews and there is nothing mentioned about the ps3 version being bad only that the pc version had a very laggy launch. it is true that alot of 360 games look better cuz of hardware comfortability but the exclusives on ps3 prove its superior processing power. i have played many hours of it on ps3 (u know I OWN IT) and there are no problems apart from occassional connection problems which happens to any platform

Moloch121
Moloch121

@crossaxe umm no it doesnt the many reviews say the PS3 version has problems, the fact that I played it on PS3 and notice how bad it runs. And Cod isnt resource heavy really anyone can run that at 60 fps.

crossaxe
crossaxe

@Moloch121 that is stupid now ur making up numbers. the ps3 version runs perfectly. i have had no problems with black ops or mw2. and if ur saying that 12 yr olds shouldnt be playing cod uz of graphic content than get over it. its not like its gonna turn them into killing machines. my little bro is 11 and he plays cod on my ps3 there are also ps3 patches and unless u have a pc well above a pc games minimum requirements u cant guarantee continual optimal play.

anthonycg
anthonycg

Sequels sell more because people blindly buy them - DUH.

lithus
lithus

...was anyone really surprised?

Moloch121
Moloch121

@crossaxe You do realize CoD runs bad on the PS3 right? Compared to the 360 it its about 20 fps less a lot of the time. The PC hardware bug has been fixed and most people should be playing normally now. Bugs or hardware issues on PC doesn't mean games run more smooth on consoles, that is not a fact. Gears of War on PC easily runs at 60+ fps CoD since like the first one could easily run at the same. Consoles running more smooth then PC is bs not a fact. Yes its easier for developers to make games for consoles because your forced to use old hardware. And its not my job to judge who plays it fine i agree but 12 year old regardless shouldn't be playing it that's just stupid.

crossaxe
crossaxe

@Moloch121 also some developers care more about console others about pc noot all devs care about pc more. for example the assassins creed devs care more about consoles (late pc releases) while valve for example cares more about pc (crappy ports)

crossaxe
crossaxe

@Moloch121 its not fanboy talk i like pc games aswell but your the fanboy saying that games should only be on one platform. games generally run smoother on consoles its a fact. usually cuz of hardware requirements and compatability problems. black ops is an example of a game that has pc problems that hopefully can be fixed for those playing on pc. i however am playing it on ps3 cuz its my platform of choice. its also not your job to judge who should be playing cod at what age. the more players the better. if 12 yr olds wanna play cod than let them. its also not a terrible game considering it is the most played game currently. and yes like is said pc is good for price i got l4d2 on steam and got sacrifice for free aswell was happy i love steam its great its why i play pc games. there is also no auto aim for multiplayer cod so that stupid speech about skill on pc is BS

Moloch121
Moloch121

@crossaxe Like someone mentioned earlier, CHILDREN kids 12 year old kids who shouldn't even be playing CoD are the main players of this terrible game. Consoles are more smooth then PC? That is just pure fanboy talking yea CoD runs at 60 fps oh big deal finally consoles can run at a good frame rate do most game do it? No. Most if not all my games run at 60+ fps PC players actually have skill because there is no autoaim and we have full control. Moh, Battlefield, Counter Strike all take much more skill. Oh and lets not forget how playing a game on a 360 also ruins somegames. Team Fortress 2 by Valve is truly a great shooter. Regular updates that the 360 will NEVER see because Valve wants to give give the updates for free yet Microsoft wants them to charge for it? wtf is that bullsh** I bough L4D 1 and 2 during a sale and got the sacrifice for free through Steam I told my friend who owns a 360 to get it he said no, I said why, apparently they have to pay for it. Owning a console cuts you off from the developers who like to take care of their fanbase.

darthwarmonger
darthwarmonger

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Venom341
Venom341

If Activision wasn't part of the game, I'd buy 2 copies.

Axel450
Axel450

this may be true, but Halo Reach will give CoD a run for its money.

oista
oista

I lost respect for call of duty after modern warfare 2.. How I hated it so. I sold it and now bought black ops. I'm not brainwashed am i?

emperiox
emperiox

@Deathmobarez Haha, me to. Bobby Kotick really IS the anti-christ. He should be burned alive. Don't you wish Agent 47 (from Hitman) would take him out? xD

Deathmobarez
Deathmobarez

@Lionman363 Nah, didn't want to buy Black Ops. Already have Modern Warfare, and I even got tired of that game. In fact I've started to boicott Activision because of their no-fun-rehash-strategy. More people should do it too so Activision probably change their sales strategy and policies... and hopefully fire Kotick.

amaan4ever
amaan4ever

the reason it sells more than any fps is because all the 8 to 12 year old noobs are able to play it. It doesnt require any fps skills so people find it more amusing than playing skilled games like Halo, MoH or BFBC

crossaxe
crossaxe

@Moloch121 that is rediculous if cod is such a bad shooter why is it more popular than any nintendo game and why is it selling so well u can have ur opinions but that doesnt make them fact. and i own crysis for my laptop but i am still glad its coming to consoles because nothing runs as smoothly as a console game. price is the only factor that pc has over consoles and graphics if u can run them high enough. i do love steam but consoles still rule and there is no harm in a game expanding platforms. i always loved tekken and bought tekken 6 on ps3 and i didnt let it bother me that it came to 360

EnDeR2015
EnDeR2015

lol this game is beast, half of these people that say that it sux didnt even play it or buy it, so they have to say that it sux for them to feel better

TokayTactics
TokayTactics

HOLY CRAP EVERYONE!! Stupidity is a major factor here!?

Dynamo11
Dynamo11

A game for morons by morons. Stupidity is the major factor here, people will pay £50 for a short campaign and a borign re-hashed multiplayer.

damo320
damo320

I doubt this will pass MW2... Though I'm betting Treyarch are really wishing it would so they could regain some credibility in the COD franchise.

The_Shadow_Link
The_Shadow_Link

Still doesn't mean you should try and get another CoD game for next year. Something will snap.

super600
super600

Even though this game seems good that doesn't give Activision the right to abuse the COD games in the future. I serioisly don't know how long the COD series will last Activision,but it will depend on how they treat the development of the COD games and the CEO's attitude.

Rickystickyman
Rickystickyman

@Arrogant_1 hahahaha yeah I like using facepalm. I honestly didn't really find anything too stupid about what you said. Haha maybe I am a fanboy. Still might want to make your post a little less aggressive.

Bigfatlardygit
Bigfatlardygit

My Elite RROD'd two nights ago. That's one less sale for this game...

Arrogant_1
Arrogant_1

@Rickystickyman Lol, facepalm? Not only can you -not read- but you just answered a ton of questions about your personality w/that tiny lil jesture... I talk about being fair across the board & not hating on games, you continue on about Halo and your "non" fanboy-ism... Yeah, bro I got you pegged all wrong!?! Bahahahhaa ; ]

Toysoldier34
Toysoldier34

Though I will say after plying many things are better than MW2. First it doesn't have the thousands of bugs and glitches that made MW2 unplayable for months. Also, It feels more like a shooter where it takes skill to prosper. Unlike MW2 where you will be killed by random crap from people that don't know how to play. In a good shooter if you are good then you should always do good. When I play TF2 or Bad Company 2, the people that get the best scores each round got there because they were good and had the skill to be there and usually continue to be in the top scores. While the score boards in Call of Duty tend to be all over the place. It is too friendly and rewarding for people to sit around camping and using other crappy methods looked down on by people that are good at games. There's a reason every other twelve year old in America only has the newest Call of Duty in their 360.

Toysoldier34
Toysoldier34

In case people are too lazy to go to the article I posted below, it basicly says that people across the net are making a big deal about how multiple things that make Black Ops bad. Note this isn't my personal opinion so don't flame me for this, but people generally feel that the multiplayer has a general bit of lag that makes it hard to play, the story is very bad, and the graphics look a couple years old. When playing the game I did notice the lag, where it isn't the bad people darting everywhere type of lag; it is the slight difference that causes shots to miss. The graphics do look very poor especially for a game of it's caliber.

TxtBin
TxtBin

Fail. Activision had zilch contribution. If anything, Treyarch deserves all the credit for not making this into a disaster. **** Kotick and the other greedy ***** working at Activision.

Rickystickyman
Rickystickyman

@Arrogant_1 Face palm. Just so you know just because you like a game doesn't mean you're a fanboy. I like Halo. I am not a fanboy. I like other games also, but calling someone a fanboy is just an excuse so that you can disclose all comments that make sense. Either Halo Wars didn't make any sense on your list in the first place..........so yeah.

Sirbobislost
Sirbobislost

been playing it since Monday and apart from the zombie mode I don't like it I prefer the over the topness of MW2, there was so a lot more choice when making your kits as well rarely did you ever meet someone with the exact same guns plus it looks better and feels smoother it's a shame really cause I was looking forward to black ops but oh well

MKFighter19
MKFighter19

this games mp is the best the balance is very good theres no more noobing except for some campers and stuff but other then that this is the best cod mp that i ever played and thx to dedicated servers there will be no more hacking and the single player is good to idk y ever one is bashing this game it is very good

SneekyRatchet
SneekyRatchet

even if its multiplayer is lame, i heard its story mode is very good

MrHatnClogs
MrHatnClogs

This thanksgiving I'm thankful for Treyarch bringing back zombies, taking out commando, and banning quickscopping.

Shabab_123
Shabab_123

U boys r all fanboys u should appreciate good games Black Ops delivers it wonderfully I M NOT A FANBOY OF COD just a fan I also like MOH (which to be fair GAMESPOT underrated) I also like BBC 2 and other FPS shooters I won't comment badly on a game just because I am a fan of a different game we should comment fairly and Black Ops is one good game I won't say it's the best but it's close to that I would rate it 8.7

acasero44
acasero44

Dont watch the stupid commentaries made by machinima or any other people for that matter and youll see the multiplayer numbers diminish since there are tons of e-beggars that deserve to have their winnier chopped off for so much spam in youtube Black ops is TRASH

Calum947
Calum947

Far too overrated for those statistics.

2bitSmOkEy
2bitSmOkEy

@freema Well said lol. Very well said. In layman's terms, often times the crap is what sells the best.

Lionman363
Lionman363

@Deathmobarez I agree. Activision will continue rehashing COD titles, they will sell millions of copies and fans will moan about them later. Btw, did you buy Black Ops?

02050muh
02050muh

black ops multiplayer on pc is so lag...idk if it's because of steam or what...but surely it bothers a lot of pc players that had bought this game...either they patch this game for steam integration or valve do something about your stupid steam server!!

bestbuy319
bestbuy319

I'm so tired of first person shooters.

freema
freema

Well, I'm sure the next Twilight film will be a blockbuster too.

guitarist1980
guitarist1980

Actually this is my favorite single player game I have played from any cod. I love how they did it. I am surprised at how much I liked the sp in this game.. I thought I was done having fun with single player first person shooters. I havent played multi player yet but they have zombie mode which is obviously a lot of fun.

Arrogant_1
Arrogant_1

@Rickystickyman @Quietpower09 @darthwarmonger Even though my post was removed for my colorful use of the word "bull-pucky" (paraphrase), you must not have read it fully... I asked for "no fan-boi responses". So, telling me the differences made from 1 game to it's sequel/rehash/differentiation was in fact just wasting BOTH of our seemingly precious time, or how I must be a hypocrite for not siting EVERY game out there that has used the same (somewhat) yearly formula... You must have ENTIRELY missed my point... all I was saying, is don't knock CoD(Halo, GTA, whatever other mutli-sequel game) for doing what EVERY other major title is basically trying to do: Make more games for folks who CHOOSE (or not choose) to enjoy them. Me..? I like 'em ALL & have fun when something new comes out to play, even if it is just another chapter in the SAME story.

DS_the_Scrub
DS_the_Scrub

Because sales equal quality, right? Derp.

kaziechameleon
kaziechameleon

Just because people buy this product doesn't mean that they aren't upset with the @$$hole known as boby kotick.