Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare Is Now The Best-Selling Game In Franchise History For First Year

And two-thirds of game sales came digitally, Activision says.


Call of Duty: Modern Warfare continues to break sales records. Activision Blizzard has announced that the game's first-year sales are the highest in Call of Duty's history. However, the company did not provide an exact sales number.

That is a notable achievement given that the figure only covers up to September 30, so the game--which released in October 2019--didn't even need a full year to break the single-year sales record for the franchise. It's not immediately clear which title was previously the record-setter for first-year sales.

Activision also announced that two-thirds of Modern Warfare's lifetime sales were digital. That's good for Activision, as the company makes more money from digital game sales than boxed copies.

The battle royale game Warzone helped improve sales of Modern Warfare, Activision said. The company said it saw "substantial growth" in game sales for Modern Warfare that came from people who upgraded from Warzone, which is free, to the paid game Modern Warfare.

What's more, Activision said that total hours played in the "Modern Warfare universe," which covers Modern Warfare and Warzone, were about seven times higher compared to Black Ops 4.

In total, Modern Warfare and Warzone saw more than three times as many monthly active users than Black Ops 4 did during the same period last year. Console monthly active users "grew strongly," Activision said, while monthly active users on PC grew "over ten-fold" compared to last year.

Not only are people playing more Call of Duty, but they are spending more, too. Activision said microtransaction sales for Modern Warfare and Warzone grew by four times compared to the year prior.

The next Call of Duty game is Black Ops Cold War, which launches later this month for PS4, Xbox One, and PC, as well as PS5 and Xbox Series X. The game will become incorporated into Warzone, but not until December.

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