Friday, November 16th 2012

Call Of Duty: Black Ops II Passes $500 Million In Retail Sales In First 24 Hours

Activision Publishing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, Inc., today announced that for the fourth consecutive year, the Call of Duty franchise has delivered the biggest entertainment launch of the year. The highly-anticipated Call of Duty: Black Ops II has achieved an estimated sell-through of more than $500 million worldwide in the first 24 hours of its release, according to Chart-Track, retail customer sell-through information and internal company estimates.

"With first day sales of over half a billion dollars worldwide, we believe Call of Duty is the biggest entertainment launch of the year for the fourth year in a row," said Bobby Kotick, CEO, Activision Blizzard, Inc. "Life-to-date sales for the Call of Duty franchise have exceeded worldwide theatrical box office receipts for "Harry Potter" and "Star Wars," the two most successful movie franchises of all time. Given the challenged macro-economic environment, we remain cautious about the balance of 2012 and 2013."


On November 13, 2012, millions of fans attended more than 16,000 midnight openings at retail stores worldwide. Reflecting the wave of excitement that swept the globe, Call of Duty: Black Ops II drove social conversation in its first 24 hours as it was a top trending topic globally on Twitter in 23 cities worldwide. Additionally, there have been more than 30 million YouTube video views of the game's live-action 'Surprise' launch trailer since its release on October 29, 2012.

"Call of Duty has become more than a product people buy, it's a brand people buy into. And every November we do more than just the launch of a game, we kick off an annual, unofficial but worldwide phenomenon called the Call of Duty season," said Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision Publishing. "I want to thank our incredible team at Treyarch for making an amazing game, everyone at Activision for making this brand a force of nature and our retail partners for their unprecedented support of this franchise. But most importantly I want to thank our millions of fans for their continued support and loyalty and for making us better every day."

Call of Duty: Black Ops II is available at retail locations worldwide on the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system, and Windows PC. The title is also expected to be released in North America for the new Wii U game system from Nintendo on November 18, 2012.
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93 Comments on Call Of Duty: Black Ops II Passes $500 Million In Retail Sales In First 24 Hours

#1
RCoon
Forum Gypsy
[Enter generic Call of Duty/Activision Blizzard insult here]
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#2
Easy Rhino
Linux Advocate
i just don't get it.
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#3
RCoon
Forum Gypsy
by: Easy Rhino
i just don't get it.
Neither do i, it's about as generic between each game's multiplayer as counter strike, and yet valve didnt release CS 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11... but treyarc take the time and effort to make a couple of different 720p textures for guns :confused:
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#4
Vulpesveritas
Yay more sheeple buying a slightly updated version of the same game from a year ago.

Honestly, the consumer world would probably be doomed if EA and Apple teamed up or something.
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#5
RCoon
Forum Gypsy
by: Vulpesveritas
Yay more sheeple buying a slightly updated version of the same game from a year ago.

Honestly, the consumer world would probably be doomed if EA and Apple teamed up or something.
It's just how consumers like it nowadays. Old ancient content stuck in a shiny frame with a logo with a high end price tag on it.
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#6
Easy Rhino
Linux Advocate
it's clear that this is what a lot of gamers want. i really hope that other studios don't continue to chase after this market segment leaving very little game choice for the rest of us.
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#7
Mindweaver
Moderato®™
Hey hey hey.. It has a new updated engine.. hehehehe I've seen it in action and it doesn't look like the old game at all... I think they are using a different font for kill streaks...lol Sadly, I'll be buying this today when I get home.. To play multiplayer with my brother. He loves COD, but he is slowly coming around. I let him play BF3 the other week and he loved the graphics, but hated the game play.. Don't get me wrong thought He started out playing 1942, V, BF2, 2142, but when he starting playing COD:WAW he was over BF...
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#8
TheMailMan78
Banstick Dummy
Everything.....and I mean EVERYTHING is going straight to hell. Time to get drunk and listen to Johnny Cash (Not that I needed an excuse.)
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#9
Easy Rhino
Linux Advocate
by: TheMailMan78
Everything.....and I mean EVERYTHING is going straight to hell. Time to get drunk and listen to Johnny Cash (Not that I needed an excuse.)
i'll be over in a few
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#10
XL-R8R
CoD went to shit when they stopped making PC/Console individual games....i.e CoD4 being the last decent one.


RIP CoD.... this is just a shell of its former self.
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#11
brandonwh64
Addicted to Bacon and StarCrunches!!!
by: Easy Rhino
i'll be over in a few
Ill bring the beer.....
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#13
Easy Rhino
Linux Advocate
by: brandonwh64
Ill bring the beer.....
havn't you heard? i'm more of a boxed wine fan. :roll:
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#14
wickerman
I was tlked into MW3 and it was such a miserable mess that I barely had / hours in before I deleted it and decided never again to purchase a COD game. But the original black ops was good fun, and once again enough friends talked me into the sequel. I will say this, it is far better than MW3. The graphics are better, the game play is smoother, and while MW3 seemed to be just a rehash of their previous title with a couple London style busses tossed in, there must have been some effort in black ops 2. But it is still far from perfect, the hit boxes are a complete mess (half the kill cams show your killer shooting no where near you, or shooting through walls or hitting you after you round a corner, etc), and the lack of dedicated servers means I can't run a server and simply ban prone spammers, trouble makers, and idiots with offensive names/banners.

Also even playing at 2560x1440 the HUD and FOV are so poorly implemented it feels like I'm running 800x600. But at least it supports borderless windows and some nice eye candy options to make it look pretty decent. The tiny maps are also a mess, requires no skill just a matter of dumb luck where you spawn and how often your enemy spawns behind you vs how many times you spawn behind them. But the bigger maps are more balanced it seems.

So I wouldn't recommend it at $60, but if you see it drop for the holidays you may get some fun out of it. But I still think the franchise is gone to shit, and BF3 is still the better game in my book.
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#15
iTile
Damn those casuals for runing the market.. Damn them!!:banghead:

I don't get the 60 doll hairs (for PC)price tag though... i woulda thought the price would come down to around 35 doll hairs..

lol PC gamer get no love anymore from Activision. I hope the guys that left Activision creates an extraordinary game.

Dice better not shorten the lifespan of each battlefield.. i DOn't want to see another battlefield till 2014. But alas we have one incoming next year october, I love this one and it takes a while to master. They should just imprve their netcode and bring in spectator mode so we can play this thing properly competitively, hopefully they add that ability to and improved version of frostbite 2..
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#16
iTile
by: catnipkiller
So what cod is this 9 or 10 iv lost count?
i believe this is the 5th copy paste DLC texture update.
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#17
RCoon
Forum Gypsy
by: wickerman
I was tlked into MW3 and it was such a miserable mess that I barely had / hours in before I deleted it and decided never again to purchase a COD game. But the original black ops was good fun, and once again enough friends talked me into the sequel. I will say this, it is far better than MW3. The graphics are better, the game play is smoother, and while MW3 seemed to be just a rehash of their previous title with a couple London style busses tossed in, there must have been some effort in black ops 2. But it is still far from perfect, the hit boxes are a complete mess (half the kill cams show your killer shooting no where near you, or shooting through walls or hitting you after you round a corner, etc), and the lack of dedicated servers means I can't run a server and simply ban prone spammers, trouble makers, and idiots with offensive names/banners.

Also even playing at 2560x1440 the HUD and FOV are so poorly implemented it feels like I'm running 800x600. But at least it supports borderless windows and some nice eye candy options to make it look pretty decent. The tiny maps are also a mess, requires no skill just a matter of dumb luck where you spawn and how often your enemy spawns behind you vs how many times you spawn behind them. But the bigger maps are more balanced it seems.

So I wouldn't recommend it at $60, but if you see it drop for the holidays you may get some fun out of it. But I still think the franchise is gone to shit, and BF3 is still the better game in my book.
Heaven forbid you should host your own server and give them a concern for piracy :O in reality they just dont want you touching their precious steaming pile of turd on your own amazing server.
And i'd fully expect poor FOV and HUD on a 8 year old console that is developed to display in a living room 5-10feet away from a couch. It was never made to be visibly perfect for the pc gamer, it is entirely created for a 360 setting, i wouldnt expect any more from them really... They just add in anti-jaggie options to make pc gamers whine less, and scale their 720p textures to 1080p to satisfy the option of selecting it in the options menu.
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#19
brandonwh64
Addicted to Bacon and StarCrunches!!!
by: Easy Rhino
havn't you heard? i'm more of a boxed wine fan. :roll:
Whatever floats your boat but me and MM are beer drinkers but I could toss in a couple of bottles of that good ole chattanooga blush!
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#20
Wrigleyvillain
PTFO or GTFO
Even the goddamn "soldier in everyone" ad campaign is played out.

Stupid ass sheeple.
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#21
Easy Rhino
Linux Advocate
by: brandonwh64
Whatever floats your boat but me and MM are beer drinkers but I could toss in a couple of bottles of that good ole chattanooga blush!
ha! it is an old joke carried over from the nights of playing dirt 2/l4d on TS. god i miss being in school...
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#22
brandonwh64
Addicted to Bacon and StarCrunches!!!
by: Easy Rhino
ha! it is an old joke carried over from the nights of playing dirt 2/l4d on TS. god i miss being in school...
I do miss our L4D 1/2 games :/
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#23
RejZoR
I quite liked the Battlefield 3. It played smoothly and looked stunning, good missions and no low FOV bullshit. I've bought COD:MW3 ages ago and i don't think i've played it for more than half an hour. Stupid FOV, can't pickup weapons ammo (or i didn't know how) ruined the whole deal.
Not sure if i'd want this new Black Ops game...
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#24
3870x2
by: brandonwh64
Ill bring the beer.....
Ill bring the gamebox so we can get our CODBLOPS on.
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