December 5, 2012 |
The newest "Call of Duty" is off to a faster start than many in the video game industry had thought -- and appears to have reached $1 billion in sales faster than any game in history. "Call of Duty: Black Ops II" crossed more than $1 billion in retail sales by Nov. 27, its 15th day on sale, publisher Activision Blizzard Inc. announced Wednesday. That's a day faster than last year's installment "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3" reached the same mark. It also marks the first time Activision has announced sales figures for "Black Ops II" that exceed "Modern Warfare 3. " When the Santa Monica game publisher announced first day sales on a worldwide basis, instead of for North America and Great Britain as it had previously done, many in the game industry assumed it did not have apples-to-apples data that showed the new game performing better.
November 30, 2012 |
It's beginning to look like not as many gamers are answering the "Call of Duty" this year. Though publisher Activision Blizzard has revealed very little sales data for the latest installment of the most successful franchise in the console video game business, mounting evidence indicates that this year's "Call of Duty: Black Ops II" is selling fewer copies than last year's "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. " On Nov. 16, Activision reported that...
November 16, 2012 |
One video game. One day. Half a billion dollars. In the latest sign that Activision's "Call of Duty" military shooter franchise remains a retail behemoth, gamers worldwide spent more than $500 million on the latest sequel, "Black Ops II," in its first day on sale. That's far-and-away the biggest video game launch of the year, easily exceeding the $220 million spent on "Halo 4" its first 24 hours last week ("Halo 4" was available only for the Xbox 360, though, while "Call of Duty: Black Ops II" can also be played on the Playstation 3 console)
November 12, 2012 |
The video game industry got a much needed bonus last Tuesday as "Halo 4" players around the world spent more than $220 million on the heavily marketed sequel. That's the highest ever first day gross for Microsoft Corp.'s blockbuster science-fiction/action franchise. 2010's "Halo Reach," the previous record holder, enjoyed a $200-million "opening day. " Microsoft did not report how many "Halo 4" units it sold on launch day, but based on the game's U.S. retail price of between $60 and $100, the total is more than 2.2 million.
October 15, 2012 |
Activision Blizzard Inc. has abandoned its plan to build an online subscription service around its military game series "Call of Duty. " The Santa Monica video game giant said Monday that beginning with the launch of this November's sequel "Call of Duty: Black Ops II," it will no longer charge a fee for its companion online service "Call of Duty: Elite. " The online service allows players to track their statistics, watch exclusive videos tied to the game, and get additional information to help them improve their play.
May 29, 2012 |
A court hearing to prepare for the multibillion-dollar trial between the makers of blockbuster video game series Call of Duty and publisherActivision Blizzard Inc.was postponed at the last second Tuesday morning following a conference in the judge's chambers. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Elihu Berle announced that the court would be in recess until Wednesday morning. Asked whether the delay was to allow for settlement discussions, lawyers said afterward that they were under strict instructions not to discuss the matter.