Thursday, November 07, 2013

CoD Ghosts Has Not Hit $1 Billion...Yet.

Checking on the news sphere this morning, I found several websites and well-noted gaming blogs linking back to an article on Reuters that CoD has surpassed a billion in sales. Of course I said "No way. That can't be. The game came out on Tuesday and it won't have GTA numbers." Sure enough, I was right. The original article refers to "in-sales", which are the number of copies that are sold directly to retailers, have surpassed $1 billion. And those sales can represent anything from pre-orders to excess stock to prep for the holidays (Black Friday is 3 weeks away). So for those who are wondering if GTAV has been knocked off the perch so quickly, well it hasn't. Activision has not tallied the final numbers and stores have not sold out of Ghosts. I'm going to say it'll be 2-3 weeks before CoD reaches the $1 billion mark.

It may be even longer, as some reviews have been pretty mixed about the game. The overall response has been it's the same content with a new wrapper (something I have been saying for years). While the scores give it an average, not good or bad, but somewhere in-between and people are going to continue buying the game because it's Call of Duty, so Activision doesn't have a thing to be concerned with regarding this product's sales. However, reviewers are not oblivious to what's going on, and even the higher rated responses are pushing for changes, updates, and a new CoD. The same-ol', same-ol' is not going to cut it for much longer.

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