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.
Since the release of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 in November 2009, it has not yet seen any fit challenge on Xbox LIVE. This is in fact true. Regularly, almost in every week, the game has been on the top of the chart. The game has proved to be the most played on the service across the world.
The recent listing for the week of September 13th indicates a new challenge for Modern Warfare 2. The challenger is Halo: Reach. It is effortlessly climbing up on the chart and now it is on the third place. It is now the third most played game on Xobx LIVE.
Below is the list of top ten titles of Xbox 360 Top LIVE:
•1 Modern Warfare 2
•2 Halo 3
•3 Halo: Reach
•4 Call of Duty: WaW
•5 Call of Duty 4
•6 Mafia II Playable Demo
•7 GTA IV
•8 Red Dead Redemption
•9 Gears of War 2
•10 FIFA 10
•11 Halo 3: ODST
•12 Battlefield Bad Co. 2
•13 Madden NFL 11
•14 DEAD RISING 2: CASE ZERO
•15 Left 4 Dead 2
•16 Forza Motorsport 3
•17 Monday Night Combat
•18 Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X. 2 – DEMO
•19 Trials HD
•20 FIFA Soccer 11 Demo
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.
Activision still is cashing its effort of Modern Warfare 2. The company reported recently that its profit doubled in first quarter and revenue shot up by 33 percent.
Robert Kotick, Chief Executive Officer, said in an interview: “The results definitely speak for themselves… Our key franchises are performing.”
The publisher posted a profit of $381 million in the quarter ended March 31.
Modern Warfare 2 generated about a sales of $1.3 billion across the world. It became the best selling of the publisher of all time.
The Stimulus Package, add-on of MW2, sold 1 million copies on one day, March 30, when it was released for download on Xbox Live. At $15 it generated $10.5 million in a single day.
Analyst Colin Sebastian said, “Activision’s game franchises are pretty healthy in spite of what’s happening with Infinity Ward… The impression was that things were falling off track, but for now Call of Duty remains strong.” Sebastian is an analyst with Lazard Capital Markets.
In a recent management turmoil the publisher lost around three dozens key talent at Infinity Ward studio. In March the company fired two top executives who in return sued the publisher for allegedly withholding royalties from MW2′s sale. Following this other talents who made MW2 started resigning.
Keith Arem, who worked in the trenches on CoD games, will be directing a film named Frost Road, his first feature film.
He served in Activision as the talent director of games like Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare and Modern Warfare 2 and few other.
His forthcoming film Frost Road is a survival horror and is set in a small East Coast town.
He says, “Our main character is immune to what is happening while something is affecting the townspeople. They are essentially ripping themselves apart… It becomes a sort of a zombie film in reverse. Instead of this constant threat of being attacked by all these plagued victims, this becomes a story of survival and keeping these people alive.”
Arem has earlier also worked with video games such as Darksiders, Bioshock, Singularity, Guitar Hero 4 & 5, Army of two, Splinter Cell 4, Golden Axe and many more.
He started his career in video games in 1992. Before it he was a musician and specialized in electronic rock music. He had performed in Biohazard PCB and Contagion. He also use to sing and compose music. He developed his skills as an audio engineer.
There was an announcement made recently by Infinity Ward that they are coming up with downloadable content for Modern Warfare 2 by March 30. The promises are yet to come but the developer of Battlefield: Bad Company 2 countered it a day before by making announcement of launching the DLC of its product. Not only this, it will be launched on the same day and it is absolutely free for the VIP members.
The DLC of Battlefield: Bad Company 2 unlocks the Laguna Presa Rush and the Arica Harbor Conquest Modes as two separate maps with its respective game modes. The maps will be made available for Xbox 360 game and PS3 copy holders who had downloaded the VIP codes.
One question which comes to mind here that will the BBC2 DLC take on the superpower MW2? Not to forget, both the games are praised equally for individual multiplayer game modes.
The DLC of MW2 is referred as “mapathy”.
Let us check what DICE has written on its official blog:
“We’re dedicated to taking care of this product for a long time – helping you avoid “mapathy” without getting nickel-and-dimed.”
Well, the word “mapathy” could not be found anywhere on the Infinity Ward’s official site.
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This offer of the GoGamer has put many titles at the lowest ever prices that anyone ever found. The two notable deals of GoGamer madness sale are Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 for PlayStation 3 (pictured) and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Hardened Edition for Xbox 360. The first one is available at for $39.90 and the latter for $42.90 only.
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A report issued by an association of industry analysts noted that the revenues of the video games market slumped in 2009. The top three consumers of video games in the world, -UK, US and Japan- showed less interest in the purchasing. The sales faced highest slump in the UK i.e. 14pc.
If it wasn’t for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 by Activison, God knows how much these figures would have had fallen. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 proved to be the fastest selling game of all time, selling out 11.86 million in under a couple of months after its release in November, in the three economies.
The NPD Group, GfK Chart-Track, and Enterbrain- the firms who had made the once a year Top Global Markets report reverberated the NPD’s 2009 report of the US markets. The NPD Report had pointed out that the sales for the industry fell in all sections, hardware, software and accessories dropped 8 percent from last year. Although, December got the best sales numbers, that NPD had ever seen in the industry.
It is quite unfortunate for the owners of PlayStation 3. The brand Modern Warfare has become synonymous with the Microsoft’s Xbox 360 for past few years. Now after Modern Warfare 2’s release, this relationship has been cemented.
Developer Activision has worked with the Microsoft in creating a hardware bundle for XBox 360 with its game. They also announced it at the E3 last year that the DLC would his the Xbox 360 first.
Now, at last, the window of exclusivety has been numbered.
Microsoft representative while speaking to the media recently made it clear that the DLC would have a month headstart on the Xbox 360.
He said, “We have a 30-day timed exclusive on the Modern Warfare content packs. So it will be available on other platforms, but you get to try and play on Xbox 360 first.”
Still the DLC has not been dated for any platform till now, even though the earlier CoD titles are representative of the pattern. They will be hitting by the next few months.