GameStop: Call of Duty: Ghosts on track to be most preordered game of 2013

Retailer calls FPS series a "juggernaut and cultural phenomenon"; Activision teams up with Eminem for album discount offer.

Upcoming first-person shooter Call of Duty: Ghosts is poised to be the most preordered game of 2013, according to a statement from GameStop today.

"Call of Duty is an entertainment juggernaut and cultural phenomenon. We are excited for the upcoming release of the new installment of this blockbuster franchise, Call of Duty: Ghosts," GameStop SVP of merchandising Bob Puzon said.

"We look forward to celebrating the worldwide November launch of this great game that is on track to be the most preordered title of the year," he added.

In August, Activision Publishing CEO Eric Hirshberg said preorders for Call of Duty: Ghosts were "well below" the record-setting pace of Call of Duty: Black Ops II, though he noted this was not unexpected during a console transition year.

"However, our quantitative consumer research indicates that hesitation amongst past [Call of Duty] preorderers is primarily due to not knowing which platform they will be playing on, which is natural at this time in the console transition," Hirshberg said at the time.

Activision also announced today a new partnership with GameStop that will see the retailer offer a discounted price for Eminem's upcoming The Marshall Mathers LP 2, which will be released on November 5 alongside Call of Duty: Ghosts.

Those who preorder Call of Duty: Ghosts at GameStop will receive, at launch, a code that allows them to download a special edition of the new album for $9. The offer is redeemable through Monday, November 19.

"I'm excited to continue to be a part of the franchise," Eminem said in a statement.

In August, Eminem debuted his new song "Survival" during the Call of Duty: Ghosts multiplayer reveal event in Los Angeles. The singer's partnership with Activision will continue this month with a new music video trailer featuring the song "Survival" and Call of Duty: Ghosts.

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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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lucas_2020
lucas_2020

People may wonder why all the hate on a new like this. It{s simple... the more this franchise sells, the more other developers will want to replicate a "formula" that made this game a selling one, and the less quality and innovation we will get from future titles. 

Copy paste and DLCs will be the rule for the future of gaming until we vote with our wallets, like we did with the XBOX ONE at launch. 

conspirethis
conspirethis

Eminem and CoD, too things that used to be great; two things that are now sold out shyte.

smokeless_0225
smokeless_0225

Comparing CoD to GTAV in any category other than sales is like comparing apples to oranges. They are two totally different games.

I pre-ordered both...and I'm excited for both...but nobody can say that one is better than the other. Especially since they are two different types of games. (and neither one is released yet)


GTAV offers diversity. They give the player options on hundreds of things they can do but they don't focus on one thing, rather give one (or 3) awesome story lines.

CoD:Ghosts offers one thing (mainly) but they offer it well: shooting people. Granted it is similar every year but...if the formula works...use it. I imagine they will be top selling game for at least a couple more years to come.

untouchables111
untouchables111

Everyone knows that this is only due to the fact that the game is a launch title. I bet big that those reserve numbers would be way lower if it was launched in January or febuary.

WarHead2011
WarHead2011

Pointless to say that people don't have a sense of taste in gaming.especially when COD game that shows the same shit appears to be said to be a top seller.....at a GAMESTOP. Its sad -_-

MJ-X
MJ-X

COD cultural phenomenon????????

What the hell is this world heading to if its cultural at this point .........

liandrikonflict
liandrikonflict

What this article shows is either;

A. No one pre-ordered GTA5 from Gamestop.

B. Gamestop is paid by Activision to LIE for the shareholders.

tightwad34
tightwad34

Well, there goes my hope of GTAV being the one to dethrone COD as the best seller of all time. I guess the consolation is the fact that COD could never, ever match GTA in terms of quality and especially diversity.

CTR360
CTR360

GTA V win easily

Nightdragonist
Nightdragonist

I've never played multiplayer since a long time ago (don't remember what COD. Busy with school lately --)

As far as I can see, all people, even the devs said that there are many brats in COD. Is it true anyway?

As for the preorder, GTAV will always be the star because it was the most anticipated game of the year (the 2nd actually, since Half Life is the most anticipated one).

And for the CODGhost gameplay trailer, I admit that they're good. But as you can see, they only added a little to the game. Graphics? Updated but still looks the same. Not that I hate COD or something, BUT IT'S THE TRUTH. I like COD... But as times pass, I started to interested in other games. And now, There will be this and BF4. Personally, I prefer BF4 more because the trailer looks interesting. And I'm not here to start a rant about COD and BF. I'm here as a gamer and I only tell you my personal opinion

Sexycyber22
Sexycyber22

Baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa Baaaaaaaaaaaaaa Baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

jehnubis
jehnubis

"according to a statement from GameStop today."

I stopped reading the article after that statement!!!!!!

yyhreigan
yyhreigan

I can understand your point of view. But realistically, do you think that most gamers will stop buying games like FIFA or CoD because of these reasons? Unfortunately, in the end, consumers will care about the product. If they like the games, then all this "cancer" this companies create in the industry won't matter to them.

As for Activision, what changes do you suggest? What would you add to the CoD franchise that wouldn't completely change the way the game plays?  Or turns it into Halo or Battlefield? Because let's be honest, the formula works, and Activision would have to be ret@rded to change the gameplay upside down. They could potentially lose a lot of the fan base, while potentially gaining few, since they are so big already. It'd be a pointless gamble. As for the "new engine", people keep talking about it, how would it work? A new engine that does what? Make graphics better?  One of the things that makes the game so popular is how smooth it runs, how great the controls are. Now, making an engine that improves graphics and, let's say, physics, AND also keeps the gameplay top notch, is realistically not an engine that can be created for the current platforms while not taking a very long time to make (taking into account the 2 year development for each game). I honestly think this will change next year when the franchise chooses to focus more on the next gen consoles, rather than try to make the experience the same on the 360 and PS3, like they are doing with Ghosts.

Cpt_Cosmonaut
Cpt_Cosmonaut

I just would like to know HOW MUCH of a DIFFERENCE there will be playing GHOSTS on XBOX360 vs XBOX One??!! Drastic or just meeehhhh?

Gabe_Logan_666
Gabe_Logan_666

And people were saying that "HAHA it's funny how no one is excited for COD:Ghosts".  And yet here it is about to break another preorder record. Ah well, you know what htey say: " Haters gonna hate". Meanwhile the rest of us will be gaming and having fun ;)

Diegoctba
Diegoctba

That's sad, and predictable...

randomkidlol
randomkidlol

hahha good one. more like 2nd or 3rd most pre-ordered game of 2013 after gtav.


actiblizz trying to keep the shareholders from pulling out is what this is

RUDi2BE
RUDi2BE

Good news everybody!! All the little whining kids, will be occupied with Ghosts this year, and hopefully the next. In the meanwhile the rest of us can enjoy BF4 :) 

cashx002
cashx002

I'm actually excited for a change for the series for once. They may lure me in, but Eminem? Interest slowly declining.... Lets hope it's not garbage, because I loved COD once.. Long long ago.

Morde10668
Morde10668

Thats a damn shame, gta5 is far more deserving, and BLOPS2 was a pile of shit.

CnConrad
CnConrad

In related news more people watch Dancing with the Stars than The Walking Dead, and more people are still watching American Idol than Game of Thrones.

 


This is irrefutable proof that the majority of people are idiots and that we as humans are doomed. Bring on the Zombie Apocalypse. :)

crix01
crix01

I feel sad for humanity.

shanoobergloobe
shanoobergloobe

i think of quality not quantity......... CoD is still shit...will never understand why its still going after CoD4

Apathy4Marmite
Apathy4Marmite

Well... at least now I know what music all the shitty kids playing this online will be blasting through their headsets.

rad8045
rad8045

I came here for all the cod haters, and isn't there plenty.

twisted_outlaw
twisted_outlaw

Most preordered on Xbox. If you look at individual consoles, particularly next gen, BF4 has sold twice as many copies on PS4. I'm not sure but KZSF might have more preorders as well.

sgt_hunter
sgt_hunter

this is why we can't have nice things 

realshooter305
realshooter305

people still dont believe it. you have to understand cod sells more than wow and grand theft autos combine every year. there is nothing gonna dethrone cod.

realshooter305
realshooter305

and ppl were saying TITAN FALL was gonna dethrone call of duty, idiots.

yyhreigan
yyhreigan

@lucas_2020 

The truth is that all of this hate comes from a minority of gamers who like to comment on the internet. The majority of people have a blast this game, copy paste or not. Like you said, if this wasn´t true, people would have spoken up with their wallets, like they did with the Xbox One at launch.

So until all of these people get tired of the multiplayer (unlikely) or something better comes along (like Titanfall, but this is an X1 exclusive, so it won´t beat CoD) then this franchise will continue to be king.

DawnBlue
DawnBlue

@conspirethis I have never thought that much of either, they just... fill their purpose. Admittably old CoD games were better, but never really liked Eminem... But 'tis just my opinion.

tightwad34
tightwad34

@CTR360 It's just too bad it won't sell more. But it does win, for sure.

Oaken-shield
Oaken-shield

@yyhreigan Like! I am not a COD fan, but I do play it sometimes.  But the point of my comment is, people just like to whine all the time.  Something I accepted already as a fan here at gamespot.

Gabe_Logan_666
Gabe_Logan_666

@shanoobergloobe Because people enjoy it and it's fun. It's called personal preference. Gee what a concept. Is your mind blown yet?

cashx002
cashx002

Shitty kids withs beats headsets, air Jordan's, and now Eminem music. Wake me up please!!

Gabe_Logan_666
Gabe_Logan_666

@rad8045 As always. It's rather sad, I still don't know why I bother even responding to them. I guess it's fun in a way. I feed off of their bitterness and tears. >:D

conspirethis
conspirethis

@DawnBlue @conspirethis Understandable. But if you were...

Going from Infinite especially (his '96 CD.. and then as far as The Eminem Show) - to his Relapse era....it's just like going from Call of Duty to Call of Duty 10: Ghosts.