This holiday, the most anticipated game is Call of Duty: Black Ops, everyone even remotely attached are saying this. The pre-orders of the game is setting records so far and only four weeks are left for the D-Day. It is set to be released on November 9. According to retailers, the pre-orders of Black Ops are through the roof. It has surpassed the pre-orders of Modern Warfare 2.
Well, the high pre-orders does not mean that the sales will go down after its launch. It will go into the clouds through the roof.
This is the third Call of Duty for developer Treyarch
following Call of Duty: Big Red One of 2005 and Call of Duty: World at War of 2008. Call of Duty: Black Ops is hotly anticipated and it is surely going to send other games running for cover.
Black Ops is available for Xbox 360, PC and PS3. Recently it was also announced by Activision that the game will also be available on Nintendo DS and Nintendo Wii. Added to this, it will also be available in 3D to make the whole experience a real one for gamers.
DLC map paks of Modern Warfare 2 becomes cheaper ahead of the launch of Call of Duty: Black Ops, Novembre 9th. The Xbox Live is hosting promotional offer for the two map packs of Modern Warfare 2. The price has been almost cut to half.
Till now there are two map packs of Modern Warfare 2, the Stimulus map pack and the Resurgence. Each is being available for 15 dollars or 1200 MS Points. Now, the two has been reduced to just 600 MS Points, a Microsoft offer.
Both the map packs add 5 new maps to the MW2 multiplayer mode. Three of the maps are new and two are the remakes of classic ones from the original Modern Warfare that was released in 2007.
The Stimulus map pack adds Bailout, Salvage and Storm, and remakes are Crash and Overgrown.
In the Resurgence map pack, the new ones are Carnival, Fuel and Trailer Park where as the remakes are Vacant and Strike.
In 2009 Activision sparked sparked controversy when Modern Warfare 2 was launched. Many believed that the Collector’s Edition of MW2 was the most ridiculous one that has been ever seen for a video game.
But, the Prestige Edition of the game sold out quickly which was priced at $150.
It is natural that consumers talk about their individual wallets. So, for Black Ops also Activision will be bringing back the Prestige Edition.
A leaked information was published on Elder-Geek.com and it indicates that it will feature regular, hardened and also prestige editions. Below are the SKU numbers:
Call of Duty: Black Ops Hardened Edition (PS3) – 047875840225
Call of Duty: Black Ops Hardened Edition (360) – 047875840218
Call of Duty: Black Ops Prestige Edition (PS3) – 047875840249
Call of Duty: Black Ops Prestige Edition (360) – 047875840232
The Hardened Edition of MW2 contained the game, an art book along with a token to download the CoD Classic. All these were packed in a slick-looking steel enclosure.
Modern Warfare 2 Prestige Edition had the aforementioned items along with a pair of night vision goggles. Well, nobody used the goggles though. So, Activision may include something useful this time such as a Zippo lighter or Hello Kitty umbrella.
One more milestone for Modern Warfare 2. Its sales crossed 20 million units worldwide. Speaking at the E3 investor conference, Thomas Tippl, CFO of Activision, said: “Modern Warfare 2 has sold more than 20m units against an install base of 55m on Xbox 360 and PS3.”
20 million copies? Woah.
Now Modern Warfare 2 is very close to some of the best-selling games of all-time. Those are:
New Super Mario Bros – 22,490,000
Nintendogs – 23,260,000
Mario Kart Wii – 22,550,000
Wii Play – 27,380,000
Wii Fit – 22,610,000
Activision’s CEO Bobby Kotick said on the occasion that CoD franchise has “reached life-to-date revenues of $3bn.”
We also know that this Infinity Ward developed title had the biggest opening week of all time. Guinness Book of world Records labeled it as “The Most Successful Entertainment Launch of All Time.”
Let us wait and watch what Call of Duty: Black Ops does.
In US alone ten million copies of Modern Warfare 2 has been sold, though there was too much of trash talk and controversy. It seems that the developers is running off to join Respawn. Activision are in the hope of doing the same with Call of Duty: Black Ops.
Cowen and Company does some prediction for the Black Ops. The game is going to be released by November and it has even started charting in some territories due to the pre-orders.
Well, the main question here is that can Black Ops sale be as fast as Modern Warfare 2, which has hit 4.7 million sales in just 24 hours after its release last year on November 10. Within four months the sales of its had hit ten million milestone.