Modern Warfare 2 is biggest Call Of Duty launch ever for PlayStation

Despite all the controversy over whether it’ll become an Xbox exclusive, the latest Call Of Duty is the fastest selling ever on PS4 and PS5.

According to Microsoft, they’re going to keep Call Of Duty multiformat ‘as long as there’s a PlayStation out there to ship to’, but many people don’t believe them. Just as they wouldn’t believe the promise of any corporation that wasn’t going to be held to account if they changed their tune.

Nevertheless, Xbox boss Phil Spencer is currently adamant that they won’t change their mind later and reason number one is pretty simple: because it sells the most on PlayStation 5 and 4. In fact, no Call Of Duty has sold more at launch than the new Modern Warfare 2.

Activision hasn’t released any figures, so it’s not clear how well it did on Xbox or exactly how many copies it sold on PlayStation, but supposedly it’s the biggest launch ever for both pre-orders and day one sales.

Although it’s not an official announcement as such, the suggestion that Modern Warfare 2 has done so well will be a huge relief to Activision as last year’s game, Vanguard, was one of the worst selling ever.

The success of Modern Warfare 2 likely means that Activision will steer away from the Second World War and other historical settings for the foreseeable future, although that wasn’t the only reason Vanguard wasn’t popular.

Although there are no sales figures in terms of units sold, a report by Barron’s claims that the opening weekend brought in more than $600 million across all formats.

A very rough calculation, that assumes it cost $70 across all formats (in a significant proportion of cases it was probably less, especially on PC, so we’ve rounded down), suggests launch sales of 8+ million copies.

The failure of Vanguard was one of the main reasons that Activision Blizzard became cheap enough for Microsoft to comfortably afford it, but if anything were to go wrong with the acquisition – given both the UK and Europe are now investigating it more closely – Activision Blizzard would be a lot more expensive the next time round, if Microsoft had to make a second bid.

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