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
Without the tag of Call of Duty in Modern Warfare 2, a survey says that lesser people in the US recognized the game. The survey was done by OTX.
The awareness of the game dropped from 40 percent points to 20 percent points without the name tag.
Nick Williams of the GamePlan Insights division for OTX said, “Up until the beginning of May, OTX had been tracking the title as Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. More specifically, we asked a representative group of gamers in the U.S. whether or not they had heard of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. At that time, approximately 40 percent of all gamers in the U.S. claimed that they had heard of this title.”
He also further said, “However, once it became clear that Activision was positioning the title as Modern Warfare 2, OTX removed ‘Call of Duty’ from the consumer survey, and the awareness levels dropped to 20 percent. In other words, the Call of Duty brand association essentially doubles the awareness for the game. That is quite a remarkable statistic.”
In early June, OTX found that consumers’ purchase intent for MW2 ranked high on the research firm’s top 50 most anticipated games list. Though this, but it was still behind games including Bungie’s Halo 3: ODST, Nintendo’s New Super Mario Bros., Sony’s God of War 3, Square Enix’s Final Fantasy XIII and Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed 2.
As a thank you to all the gamers who purchased the ‘CoD: World at War’ game, the following statement was issued:
These outstanding feats would have never been possible without the continued dedication and support from all of the loyal Call of Duty fans. For that, we at Treyarch and Activision would like to extend our sincerest Thank You. We’re honored and humbled to have one of the greatest online communities in video game history behind our products!
For Treyarch, those sales figures are an achievement in itself and for Activision it confirms that the Call of Duty Franchise is one of their biggest ever. Activision Publishing CEO Mike Griffith, has stated recently that total sales of the Call of Duty titles have now hit an impressive 35 million units worldwide with Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare reaching just over 13 Million of those sales alone.
If that wasn’t enough, Janco Partners (Analyst Firm) Mike Hickey is predicting that the upcoming ‘Modern Warfare2′ will be the biggest selling game of 2009.
“We believe Modern Warfare 2 will likely be the largest video game release for [calendar year] 2009. For the Company’s fiscal Q409 period (Dec. ending), we anticipate the sell through to consumers of 11.1 million units for an estimated retail value of $803 million and sell-in approximating 12.4 million units, for an approximated sales value of $666 million (we assume demand is 90% of supply).”
“In addition to the success of Modern Warfare, we believe the potential Modern Warfare 2 fan base grew with the holiday ’08 release of Call of Duty: World at War, which management suggested 1/5 of buyers were new franchise gamers. The game has sold an estimated 11 million units in 6 months, suggesting an additional 2 million potential Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 consumers this holiday.”
For anyone who could possibly not know, ‘Modern Warfare 2′ is set for release on November 10th 2009.
Will it be the biggest selling game of the year, what are your thoughts?
For Call of Duty, we have always known it for its slight tweak’s to realism. It says about a heroic journey of a soldier. Modern Warfare took this slight tweak and developed it in a big way by creating one of the best games that any console has ever seen in past years.
Now the same Modern Warfare is back and with the recent hits such as Killzone 2. Infinity Ward’s Vince Zampella recently said to the official magazine of PlayStation, “We go for authenticity not realism. We’re not making a sim, we’re making entertainment. We want it to look real like an action movie.”
We know very well that action movies look good, but they are many times way off from the true thing. Modern Warefare 2 will be looking to do the same thing. According to the trailers recently launched, the game looks fantastic. The game has some far out weapons.
Vince Zampella also said to the PlayStation magazine that there is not any mandate that every level has to be a wide open sandbox. Certain levels fits naturally he mentioned.
In Modern Warfare 2 fighting with terrorists is much easier than the original Modern Warfare. In it, enemies will no more constantly respawn as they had been doing in previous version of Call of Duty games.
We have seen in Call of Duty games that a constant stream of enemies would spawn and attack gamer character until he/she advanced or completed an objective. To this feature of the game, gamers always had mixed reactions.
Contrary to this, it also keeps the fight frantic and forces gamers to constantly be on the offensive. Moreover, to have enemy after enemy spilling out of a little hut is very artificial.
Recently the CCO of Infinity Ward, Jason West said, “We are aware of it and we’re actively trying to eliminate it.” He added further while briefing to Game Informer, “I think we agree that it’s not very good.”
It is many a time said earlier that MW2 will not be like its predecessor Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. Even it will not bear the Call of Duty name. Now, if the spawn system is eliminated then it seems like it will distance Modern Warfare 2 from other COD series.
A video teaser of MW2, we have all seen. Now the latest issue of one of the top gaming magazines, Game Informer, offers new details on Modern Warfare 2. For gamers and all the Fans of the first Modern Warfare will be happy to know that one of its major characters, Sergeant John “Soap” MacTavish, returns in this new much awaited game as the captain of an international group called Task Force 141. But this time he will be an NPC.
Game Informer also adds in the information that the sequel “continues the narrative begun in Modern Warfare, with the world facing dangerous political instability in Russia.” In the game, a terrorist group plans to use political turmoil of Russia to their advantage in order to secure the troubled empire’s weapon stockpiles.
Another character, Makarov, who is the leader of the terrorist group, also happens to be an associate of Zakhaev, the man responsible for the first games’ nuclear attack.
President and CTO of Infinity Ward, Jason West, said earlier that the gameplay is wide open and has a lot of variety. He added more that any good story is on rails.West even estimates that MW2 campaign will be just as lengthy as its predecessor’s.
After the 10 seconds gameplay footage of Modern Warfare 2, the first hard details about it have emerged. The information of this sequel to Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare has been leaked in one of the leading gaming magazine.
According to it, Modern Warfare 2 will be set several years after its predecessor. In the game, again the political instability inside a fictional near-future Russia threatens the world. The thread now will be in the form of a terrorist organization. One of the two heroes of the game, Sergeant “Soap” MacTavish, has been promoted to captain in the Special Air Services (SAS), Britain’s equivalent of the US Navy SEALs. This MacTavis, being part of a new commando unit, will be guiding the players through a series of grueling missions that also includes an ice-climbing infiltration of a frozen Russian army base.
Modern Warfare 2 will also address the issue of infinitely spawning enemies. It also boasts new “Special Forces” mode, which is very similar to the Mile High Club and the airplane-hijack level. Moreover, the hope of many, the cooperative campaign is MIA in Modern Warfare 2.
Infinity Ward is working dedicatedly and sincerely on Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (MW2), which is supposed to be released on November 10 this year. Activision has already launched a teaser web site, a teaser trailer and also the logo. Brand manager Simon Wells told to the media after judging by the franchise’s trajectory through preceding launches that it is expected this game will become the highest selling in the history of video games.
The statement of the brand manager comes when the NPD group reported that the March revenues for the video game industry have come down by 17% as compared to last year. This is the first time in the present recession that video games business sales had fallen.
The CEO of infinity Ward, Vince Zampella said further on the MW2 that no detail is too small for them and every finishing touch that is imaginable is on the way to make MW2 to be the best ever. He also mentioned that he can’t make the fans globally wait further after November 10th to play it.
About the team he said that everyone is laser focused on making the most gripping experience that they have ever created.
A monumental marketing support is being prepared for Infinity Ward’s upcoming shooter Modern Warfare 2. Activision recently disclosed to the media that the team has a firm believe that the Infinity Ward’s upcoming shooter Modern Warfare 2 will be the best-selling videogame in the history of gaming industry.
Simon Wells, brand manager of Activision in a piece over at MCV said that the company wants to “propel this year’s title to be the biggest selling video game of all time.”
Modern Warfare 2 is due for release in November this year, and it is learned that it will be backed by intense marketing support. Simon Wells also added, “We firmly believe we have the potential to be the No.1 entertainment property of the year.”
He also said that the truth for a franchise as large as Call of Duty is that Activision is competing directly with entertainment propositions outside of the video game space and Activision is confident that this title will outsell Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare and also Call of Duty: World at War. Them’s bold words indeed. Meanwhile it is also said that Modern Warfare 2 can compete with popular TV, DVD and music brands of the world.