Activision’s immensely popular shooter series Call of Duty made its triumphant yearly return with Treyarch’s Black Ops II in November. Since then, it has gone on to amass impressive scores – including from ourselves – and sales to match. And today Activision have announced that it crossed the $1 billion mark in worldwide retail sales.
According to Chart-Track sell-through information and Activision’s own estimates the alternate-future shooter racked up an impressive amount of sales just fifteen days after it’s November 13th Launch. This breaks the record that was previously held by Modern Warfare 3 by a whole day, and that of James Cameron’s blue skinned 3D film Avatar by two whole days.
Of course, Activision CEO Bobby Kotick had something to say about the titles success:
“The release of Call of Duty has been one of the most significant entertainment events of each of the last six years.
“Since Call of Duty was launched, cumulative franchise revenues from players around the world are greater than current worldwide box office receipts to date for the top-10 grossing films of 2012 combined.
“Life-to-date sales for the Call of Duty franchise have exceeded worldwide theatrical box office receipts for ‘Harry Potter’ and ‘Star Wars,’ the two most successful movie franchises of all time.”
An impressive 150 million hours across Xbox Live and PSN have also been clocked online since launch.
“Entertainment franchises that captivate audiences for as long as Call of Duty has, on the scale that Call of Duty has, are very rare things. And it takes a lot of brilliant people working across many different disciplines to make it happen. It is incredibly humbling and gratifying to be a part of,” said Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision Publishing.
“In order for Call of Duty to remain the entertainment juggernaut that it is, and keep our fans coming back for more, we need to continue to bring fresh ideas and new innovations to the table every time, while always staying true to what people fell in love with in the first place. That’s what we did with Call of Duty: Black Ops II, and that’s what we intend to keep on doing. This is an incredible milestone for an incredible franchise, and I want to thank every passionate, talented, committed person on our team who made it happen.”
Now to see how long it’ll take for the next billion to roll in.