Modern Warfare 2 Breaks CoD Sales Records Ahead Of Season 2 Launch

Modern Warfare 2 Breaks CoD Sales Records Ahead Of Season 2 Launch
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Written by 

Jack Marsh


7th Feb 2023 17:18

Long-standing Call of Duty sales records have been Gulagged by the arrival of Modern Warfare 2, which has cast its golden touch across the franchise.

The launch of Modern Warfare 2 has been long forgotten amid a small crisis around the post-launch content and the delay of Season 2, but there's no denying that the game has seen success.

In fact, Modern Warfare 2 has now been confirmed as the best-selling Call of Duty game of all time (for the first three months of launch), shattering the records and amassing up nearly $2 billion worth of revenue.

Activision Report $1.85 Billion Profits For Call of Duty In 2023 Q4

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According to Activision's quarterly financial report, "Modern Warfare II delivered the highest opening-quarter sell-through in franchise history," beating the likes of Modern Warfare 2019 and Black Ops 2.

The report, which also revealed that a new "premium" Call of Duty game will release in 2023, details that Activision made $1.85 billion from the Call of Duty franchise alone in the final quarter of 2022.

Between Modern Warfare 2 game sales and microtransactions on Warzone, the $1.85 billion is the highest figure that Activision has ever brought in on a single game in a financial quarter.

Activision Details Highest-Ever Player Counts For Call of Duty

Not only did the sales for Modern Warfare 2 become a franchise record-breaker, but the player count also nuked the previous records. 

"At the end of the fourth quarter, cumulative hours played were the highest in franchise history for a premium title at this stage of its release," said Activision.

Despite some glaringly obvious problems in its current state, Modern Warfare 2 has solidified itself as the best-launching Call of Duty ever, and will likely set a trend going forward.

Whether fans will like this method in the future is yet to be decided. Modern Warfare 2's IP has drawn in quite a lot of nostalgic fan sales to build upon Call of Duty regulars, meaning it will be interesting to see how they continue to tackle game launches in the future.

Jack is an Esports Journalist at GGRecon. Graduating from the University of Chester, with a BA Honours degree in Journalism, Jack is an avid esports enthusiast and specialises in Rocket League, Call of Duty, VALORANT, and trending gaming news.

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