Modern Warfare 2 PC first-week sales top predecessor

Outcry over removal of dedicated server support can't stop latest Call of Duty installment from a faster start than original Modern Warfare.

Activision's Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 faced its share of prelaunch controversy. Above and beyond a contentious level in the game's campaign mode, many PC players were particularly peeved with the game's lack of dedicated server support.

PC gamers who had been vocal about a Modern Warfare 2 boycott went into stealth mode when it came time to pick it up.

While boycotts were threatened and more than 220,000 gamers signed a petition asking developer Infinity Ward to reconsider dedicated servers, sales of the PC edition of the game don't appear to have been affected greatly. In a post on the developer's official forums, community manager Robert "fourzerotwo" Bowling revealed that, "The PC version of Modern Warfare 2 has actually outsold the PC version of Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare in it's [sic] first week. Making it the most successful PC version."

Bowling's note about the sales came in a thread claiming the PC version to be a flop because it only accounted for roughly 3 percent of all Modern Warfare 2 sales in the UK. The community manager addressed the figure, saying it was evidence not of a PC flop, but rather overwhelming success of the console editions of the game.

The PC version of Modern Warfare 2 is by no means the only one outperforming previous installments. Activision estimated that across platforms, the game brought in $550 million worldwide in its first five days of release, outpacing previous blockbuster games like Grand Theft Auto IV, films like The Dark Knight and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, or the book release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

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Humorguy_basic
Humorguy_basic

Noticeth glee in Gamespot's voice over this? So much for being unbiased.

tequilasunriser
tequilasunriser

@ treydawg1 Yeah I agree. Its a step in the right direction. It might push IW to release a 1st party SDK and server support in a future update.

jebusforcezone
jebusforcezone

In the beginning hearing the new that IW was removing dedicated servers, changed my mind purchasing the X360 verison, and they week later I brought it on PC and I was qutie surprize that the connection with multiplayer was awesome but still desappointend about using my month download usage on it :-( , but yet again thanks to some lazy people a IW that couldnt be stuff adding "dedicated servers" and be nice if they did Driectx 10 for the PC so people our can use there hardware or anything unique for example "MOUSE CONTROL"! to the PC fan out there, remember your roots! IW the !!PC!! xbox 360 is sooooooooooooooo! 2005 hardware!

treydawg1
treydawg1

@Death_Masta187 EXACLY we as consumers have all the power. THEY need OUR money we dont need them.

treydawg1
treydawg1

@tequilasunriser its not quite there yet but this is progress topwards getting dedicated servers. if IW finds a way to stop it then the only way around it would be to mod COD4 and either custom create the content based off of MW2 or RIP the assets from MW2.

maxwell97
maxwell97

dakan45 - sorry, just to clarify, I was agreeing with you. If PC gamers are going to whine like this every time something doesn't go their way, they're going to become more and more marginalized. I've preferred computers to consoles since the days of Wizardry I; but I have no illusions that developers are going to bend over backwards for a market that amounts to maybe 15% of their revenue, especially if their reward for making any change (especially one that requires long-term support, like IWNet) is a bunch of moaning from that 15%. MW2 is a big money maker, with you or without you, PC gamers, so get used to it.

pwn-flakes
pwn-flakes

@ H2Orignal, yea same with me, i always wait for the reviews as well, theres no point making a gamble on if a game is going to be good. Pre order content is a big slap in the face for alot of gamers, it forces people to make choices without any information if the game is good or not, well imo.

H2Original
H2Original

This just shows that there are many people that arent actually gamers or fans of the series. Because if they were, they will fell insulted from IW, because they dont stay loyal to the true people that make this industry grow to the way it is now. From my part im not buying this. PS: I dont now who can be as dumb to be pre-buying anything. I always wait for the reviews. Im sorry if anybody fell offended.

drangel_jam
drangel_jam

Why did people stop reporting pc sales?

secnpa
secnpa

Today i played in a match where some shmuck called www[dot]whatever hacking website that he promotes[dot]com hacked his way to a flawless 50+ kill and 0 death total. This guy was hacking and promoting his hacking software on your new "better anti-cheat capabilities" IWnet... Bravo Infinity Ward...Bravo!!! ps burn in hell fourzerotwo

secnpa
secnpa

C'mon IW..... WTF????????????? Two weeks after the game comes out and im sick to my stomach of these stupid $hitty maps already. I used to look forward to playing some new custom maps that would come out occaasionally on cod4... which i still play today enthusiastically. Tomorrow i'm taking this coaster back to the store for a refund.

DeathByRhapsody
DeathByRhapsody

ps fps dominator has been trolling gamestop posts for years

drdoris
drdoris

"The PC version of Modern Warfare 2 has actually outsold the PC version of Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare in its [sic] first week. Making it the most successful PC version." The [sic] is wrong. The possesive use doesn't use an apostrophe. It's means it is. So your sic is wrong.

x-2tha-z
x-2tha-z

All this does is show either very few people use their PC as their main gaming platform or piracy on PC is a lot higher than people thought.

TheJamin
TheJamin

f%4k sake! might as well buy it now! damn you all

impost3r
impost3r

Once again, manipulated by propaganda

FsLeonhart
FsLeonhart

Not Surprise but, I will only buy when you have a promotion on STEAM. Sixty Dollars for an MP without dedicated servers, no way!

xtremeflem2day
xtremeflem2day

if he rates MW2 a 10/10, then he is NOT the dominator of FPS.

chechak7
chechak7

if(pc Modern Warfare 2 != dedicated server support) { cout

Egostristy
Egostristy

Well, at least the PC version is selling. Even if the console versions are taking most of the sales.

orange_monkey_1
orange_monkey_1

I don't know why so many of you are going on and on about how overpriced the game is. Retailers are charging the game for half the intended price now.

Death_Masta187
Death_Masta187

@fps_d0minat0r "everyones eventually gonna give in especially when the price drop comes or its on a steam weekend deal or something." Then they don't know what a boycott really is. I know my principals don't have a price tag. "when they've cooled down and thought about it their gonna look back and laugh at how stupid they were thinking a petition can change a game in a major way after its been released." So any one who sands up for what they believe in is stupid? "hahaha I cant change the anything so why even bother to try" Thats what I get from this. So we also need to be apathetic and we should just shut up and give them our money. "that basically means EVERYONE who signed the petition are hypocrites and its true because even at this point they know its a fun game even without dedicated servers." No that doesn't "basically" make them hypocrites that makes them plain ol hypocrites. "maybe if they try it, they will find out IWnet is much better then what they think of it in their narrow imaginations." So every one that does not buy this game is narrow minded now as well? just because we demand features that where in MW1 and hell even in games that came out in 1997? No matter how you try and word this does not make them any less of a hypocrite. and if we want a game with dedicated servers/mods/$50 then we demand this. By hitting them where it hurts the most(their wallet). and not buying their game is the #1 best way to do this.

genjuroT
genjuroT

it also took out your 'ping' on pc,and replaced it with colored bars,you only glimsly see the general ping you are connecting to during the search for a game lobby

genjuroT
genjuroT

oh,i forgot to add lag...much more lag for pc and i never played cod for console before now but theres much more lag for console,even with open nat,than pc.

Dante2710
Dante2710

IW net = hackers, viruses and lag Reason as to why i will never buy a COD game: Not being able to host our own servers ( i could care less if they provie the servers, just give us the option to host our own, which you purposely took out!! ) No mods: They made 70 million alone on map packs, so you are trying to milk PC gamers like you do with everyone else, but since map created by users are plentiful and free on the pc, you resorted to removing mods so you can milk everyone on PC. Regardless of how many petitions and boycotts happen, this game will sell, but cover a turd in diamonds, it still a turd.

genjuroT
genjuroT

i got the pc version a week after it came out and a friend got me the 360 version as a present. i got something to say as a review. there isnt any typing in the intermission part of mp on pc. you need a mic.when i tried to sprint while checking score(shift+tab) this damn steam interface came up and i died cuz i was confused on wtf it was.its worse than accidently pressing the center X button on 360 because i like to sprint to the battle while checking score.they also took out a common pc exclusive function that was on other cods...LEANING,there is no more leaning.cod's new revamping also includes HIP SURGERY for pc.some people would say the pc cant lean anymore because of all the bending over iw made it do.lmao.i cant have more than 1 profile on my pc anymore.u need to buy another copy of modern warfare 2 and register that new one to a new steam account(internet required to play this game)unlike 360 where i can play on any profile with just one copy,and i dont need internet to play singleplayer. i also had to redo my nat setting for my pc,so i had to port the numbers into my router.i didnt have to do that in ANY of the last cod's.to sum this up, 360 is MUCH more user friendly than pc(because it was made for console). fyi- i rebinded all my keys for pc and enjoy it as much as 360,you'll never beat the quality of freelook the pc has to offer(controls).i also got to nuke on the pc first.

payne6705
payne6705

personally I would like the see the returns of this game after a few hours on the PC what IW did was BS I physically can't play this game on my PC but its just insulting

fps_d0minat0r
fps_d0minat0r

@ Death_Masta187 everyones eventually gonna give in especially when the price drop comes or its on a steam weekend deal or something. when they've cooled down and thought about it their gonna look back and laugh at how stupid they were thinking a petition can change a game in a major way after its been released. that basically means EVERYONE who signed the petition are hypocrites and its true because even at this point they know its a fun game even without dedicated servers. maybe if they try it, they will find out IWnet is much better then what they think of it in their narrow imaginations.

Death_Masta187
Death_Masta187

@anyone who signed the petition and bought that game still: I'm calling your hypocrite ass out (You know who you are). just to let you all know when you boycott a product for any reason. that means you don't F'n buy it! until they add that feature. anything you ever say or do now will no longer hold water. all because you cant cant stay true to your principals. Just because one does not want to hear this does not make it any less true. @everyone else who signed and still have not bought the game(you know who you are) Thanks for not giving in.

genjuroT
genjuroT

the point of reviews is to cover the good and the bad points,if every review had only good things in it then things would never improve.

fps_d0minat0r
fps_d0minat0r

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captainoflust
captainoflust

So many people signed that petition and then bought it anyway.

JonnyWooho
JonnyWooho

What really bothers me is that Gamespot didn't mention AT ALL that IW removed the dedicated servers and mods from the PC version in their review of MW2. Neutral, open-minded critics? Pff..

pidow
pidow

It's all about Money, nothing else period.

p2250
p2250

More like life goes on after dedicated servers...

BloodMist
BloodMist

LloL @fps-dominator, i'm simply pointing out obvious facts, don't like it, go cry.

bodylotion
bodylotion

MW2 is a game that looks amazing the first few hours you play it but after those hours when you completed the single player mode pretty quickly and discover there are only a few (not even good) maps in the multiplayer mode you feel kinda ......... Also no mod support or dedicated servers is sh*t I admit that i did not read full articles about COD:MW2 and i didn't know MW2 wouldn't have dedicated servers. This New system seems to work ok but they should make a combination of the two.

GazaAli
GazaAli

well thats pure fiasco.

InfinityMugen
InfinityMugen

No matter how GS spins it, Activision burned bridges with PC gamers and Kotick selling his shares shows he doesnt give a damn about any of you. He know's it's only a matter of time before the MW series peaks and when it does, he's already laughed all the way to the bank.

r3dman1
r3dman1

It may have out sold COD4, But look at the marketing Activision put out there. I couldnt go to any website on the internet without seeing a COD:MW2 ad. Plus you have the following from the last game and all the people that only hit up pub servers for a couple minute bash have bought the game. Coming from a COD veteran(played since the first COD) i see the game looks just as good as it always has and enjoyed it a lot at a mates place the other day. But i am still not going to buy it until at least dedicated servers are in and would happily pay more for the ability for community mods as there always better then the actual game.

fps_d0minat0r
fps_d0minat0r

@ BloodMist your right......someone had to throw a lame insult because thats all you can do.....well you can also give me a pixel thumb down but who cares. you must be in the bunch of people who cried when they found out about no dedicated servers. and the word "fanboy" isnt really an insult considering its overused by people who have no factual evidence and need to say something back. how did you assume you know more about quality and exclusives then me? you may be a druid in WoW, definatly not real life mate.

jaggy400
jaggy400

if they're making that much money how much trouble is it really to include dedicated servers. slack imo

Welshmun
Welshmun

lol mw2 sux, dragon age and left 4 dead 2> mw2

left4right
left4right

no dedicated servers is really hurting sales. nuff said