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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.
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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