Call of Duty: Ghosts sell-in hits $1 billion

Activision also expects game to be most successful launch title for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 "by a wide margin."

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Activision announced today that Call of Duty: Ghosts generated $1 billion in worldwide revenue on launch day.

Activision specifically noted in its announcement that it "sold more than $1 billion of Call of Duty: Ghosts into retail stores worldwide as of day one," meaning the figure is made up of units sold to retailers and not necessarily sales to consumers.

By comparison, Call of Duty: Black Ops II needed 15 days to reach $1 billion in sales, though that figure included units sold to consumers and not only to retailers.

Citing data from Microsoft, Activision also announced that Call of Duty: Ghosts has moved to the top spot on Xbox Live as the most-played game this week.

On the Xbox 360, average play sessions for Call of Duty: Ghosts have been longer than Black Ops II or Modern Warfare 3 over the same period, Activision said.

Looking ahead to the game's release at launch for Xbox One and PlayStation 4, Activision Publishing CEO Eric Hirshberg said Call of Duty: Ghosts will be more successful than all others.

"This is the must have launch title for the next generation of consoles, and we expect Call of Duty: Ghosts to be the most successful launch title for the Xbox One and PS4 by a wide margin."

Call of Duty: Ghosts is GameStop's most preordered next-generation game, Hirshberg said, citing data from the retailer.

Rockstar Games' Grand Theft Auto V generated $800 million on day-one and $1 billion in three days. Notably, however, those figures are based on units sold to consumers.

Discussion

672 comments
bourne2live
bourne2live

Sounds like they sold fewer units than Black Ops 2. But they had to come up with a bigger number than GTA V somehow. Despos.

berserker66666
berserker66666

This is the reason Activision will keep making yearly shitty COD games. Cause people keep buying these tasteless lifeless products

Bryjoered07
Bryjoered07

NO matter what this franchise will always sell like hot cakes. The consumer is stupid, the consumer buys what is popular. COD Ghosts is so successful because even people that aren't gamers buy it. Just like Madden. Friends that don't even play video games on a regular basis still pick up COD just to have it because it is "accepted" in society as a "non-gamer" game. I have friends that believe that the sole act of playing a video game like Skyrim makes you a nerd and even though I think they would enjoy these games they won't ever play them. They will just buy shit games like COD:Ghosts because it is accepted as a cool mainstream video game.

00joshua
00joshua

Turns out CoD Ghosts' sell through has been less than Black Ops 2 so far.

becrane75
becrane75

"On the Xbox 360, average play sessions for Call of Duty: Ghosts have been longer than Black Ops II or Modern Warfare 3 over the same period, Activision said."  That's because it takes almost three times as long to start a match, and the maps are three times as large, resulting in longer matches.  This metric is meaningless when comparing Ghosts with its predecessors.  

PumpkinBoogie
PumpkinBoogie

So basically is really a bunch of 'sound and fury signifying nothing' type of number boasting then, right? LOL

Please Activision......how 'bout you come talk to me when you can change those 1 billion 'shipped/sold to retail' to 1 billion SOLD to CONSUMERS. <_<

Man, you all can't even fool your investors w/ those bullshit numbers.

thereal-15-cent
thereal-15-cent

CoD Ghosts is one of the games I'm looking forward to playing on the Xbox One, but purely from a next-gen point of view, Dead Rising 3 is more exciting to me because it's exclusively next-gen. Once they stop making CoD games for the current-gen consoles, the newer ones should look better.

keviac
keviac

WHOS BUYING THIS CRAP??????

vader501st
vader501st

If they make the game available on launch day where I live, they can count on me. Otherwise I'll have to take the exclusives route and get Ryse, Forza and Dead Rising 3 and hope for the best.

TheExxorcist
TheExxorcist

If I did get a copy, I sure would like to play it on my 1080p "NATIVE" console on November 15th... 

*Hint Hint* 

Too bad Battlefield is more appealing. 

CoquiNegro
CoquiNegro

This whole article is misleading. By that case Gta 5 did more than $1 billion in sales on day one. Come on. I'm sure the game will be huge, but it appears as if Activision wants to compare to gta 5, when that game actually sold those to consumers instead of retailers. 

esubs
esubs

For anyone who has or hasn't played this game, have you seen how incredibly horrendous the graphics are for current-gen, I am appalled that they managed to create worse graphics in a 2013 game compared to Cod4 which came out 6 years ago...How is that even possible? I like this story and multiplayer is the same old but still fun and they manage to butcher it with something easily doable like graphics? I lost all respect for Infinity Ward I should have not given them any of my money or a chance.

ffragale1
ffragale1

Francise fatigue setting in?

i havent played a COD since MW2..... nothing new :/

AvatarMan96
AvatarMan96

"Activision specifically noted in its announcement that it "sold more than $1 billion of Call of Duty: Ghosts into retail stores worldwide as of day one," meaning the figure is made up of units sold to retailers and not necessarily sales to consumers."

Way to lie, Activision!

PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

The store I work in has received about seventy copies between the 360 and PS3 (and curiously a solitary PS4 copy). We've sold about a tenth of that number, maybe. The numbers Activision are giving here really don't mean a whole lot.

ShakyMonkey
ShakyMonkey

So basically they're telling a white lie to beat out GTA V's record?

thorn3000
thorn3000

I don't live on this planet anymore

Blank2k2
Blank2k2

It's amazing that between Xbox locked at 720p, stutter-fest PS4 , current gen lacks &  with clear evidence of copy/pasting content from previous titles.... and they still expect it to be a huge success, and the worst part is - it probably will be.

ryan_cauley_33
ryan_cauley_33

you guys are comparing black ops 2, GTA V, and battlefield 3 to ghosts? everyone has different tastes in video games. people who like ghosts wont listen to what you have to say bad about ghosts, they wont care, and they will just ignore you and enjoy the game. so the "bashers" are just wasting their time.

wizzzer_thy_133
wizzzer_thy_133

i have a feeling only 200 million$ in sales, a friend of mine work in a gaming store that was VERY VERY busy every other Call of Duty Launch since Modern Warfare 2 and this time? it was pretty empty. 

and the funniest thing? they sold more Assassin's Creed 4 and almost as much BF4 on their launch and those were two games that came at the same time. 

he also tells me that after launch, especially for next gen and PC BF4 tracks a lot better.

Omega-316
Omega-316

Hahaha Activison scared to show sales numbers. Hiding behind its numbers for games sold to retailers and not the consumers. They know they got slapped around hard by GTAV. And the clown who wrote this article tries to make it seem like COD sold more. Shitty gamespot employees at it again ladies and gents. Just like that clown of a reviewer who gave GTAV a 9. Plus this shitty new lay out for the site = wtf am I still doing here?

chobu22
chobu22

If Activision makes this much money why dont we see any new Guitar Hero or Dj Hero D:

pongley
pongley

Eddie please go to journalism school. This article was deceitful at best. You're supposed to be a journalist for Gamespot, not a public relations manager for Activision.

santinegrete
santinegrete

Please, give us news about how this game did on stores after January.

KamuiFei
KamuiFei

So in other words, expect a shit ton of copies of Ghosts in every retail store even after the holidays.

ristactionjakso
ristactionjakso

You hear all these people talk about how they aren't gonna buy CoD anymore......uh huh says $1,000,000,000 dollars lol.

Kevin Speir
Kevin Speir

Now maybe they can make another WW2 game. That would be great

picho86
picho86

Why do people keep buying this crap. Every cent given to Activision is a cent that goes towards making games worse.

Uloset
Uloset

It will sell like hotcakes the franchise has tons of followers and it is being released on 6 different platforms.  So, I don't want to hear if it outsells GTAV which is only on 360 and PS3.

TheExxorcist
TheExxorcist

@keviac little kids. Cause they can't win in Battlefield, as it requires tactics, and actual planning to win lol

soccerpzn
soccerpzn

@CoquiNegro how is it misleading? the second sentence says activision specifically said sales to retailers

TheExxorcist
TheExxorcist

@esubs 

I completely agree... 100% 

Think of MF3 in 1080p. .. Then look at Battlefield 4. No competition... COD is dead "Visually" until they revamp the entire engine

ERRMAHGERD
ERRMAHGERD

@ShakyMonkey they have a record hard on. They don't care for the game, it's the sales that matter 

Yomigaeru
Yomigaeru

@Blank2k2 At this point, I think we can remove "probably" from that equation. I'd really be surprised if this game doesn't shatter the records of the previous game, if only because of people wanting to have something to play on their next-gen consoles.

Yomigaeru
Yomigaeru

@chobu22 They drove the former into the ground, and the latter...I guess they just gave up. I think they were working on something new with Guitar Hero though, but who knows how well a new entry would do know that Rocksmith is here. In the time it takes you to play masterfully at GH, you could probably learn the basics of playing a real guitar with RS.

mvpotential
mvpotential

@ristactionjakso that's how much they sold to retail. They haven't stated how much was actually sold to end user. Despite the "gauntlet" being thrown down by Activision to Rockstar. It's funny how they haven't stated anything yet and Rockstar only sold GTA V in 2 platforms compared to 5!

CoquiNegro
CoquiNegro

@soccerpzn @CoquiNegro True, my mistake. I also didn't read well the title. It says sell-in.

Yomigaeru
Yomigaeru

@LittleMac19 @thorn3000 He should check out the Digital World. I live there and it's great...but there's a real problem with gang violence. Beezlemon and Dukemon just murdering each other in the streets...

TheExxorcist
TheExxorcist

@Yomigaeru @Blank2k2 

That's exactly what's happening. Not like we have shelves of next gen games to sift through on release. COD is just popular. It's fun, it's easy, it's simple, and terrible looking. It proves nothing for visuals on next gen.

On the other hand... All the little COD kids don't like Battlefield cause "It's To Hard" as they can't camp of exploit as easy... There isn't as much "Domination" in BF. It actually takes tactics, and planning to win. COD games are basically "Who sees Who First"? That's who wins... and BF uses more complex combat. Bullet drop for example...