Remember Modern Warfare 2? Of course you do, because if you have opposable thumbs and live on Earth, you’ve probably played it. The 2009 shooter became the “biggest entertainment launch ever” after obliterating records for number of pre-orders.
Hand on heart, I thought it would be years before we see anything top the sales generated by Modern Warfare 2, but it turns out it could be beaten this year. And predictably enough, it’s the sequel to Modern Warfare 2 that could take the crown. Man, you kids love your generic-if-admittedly-well-made shooters.
Pre-orders for Call of Duty: Black Ops are reportedly outpacing those of Modern Warfare 2 last year, according to the retail contacts of Pacific Crest Securities analyst Evan Wilson. Black Ops may be in development at Treyarch, rather than Infinity Ward (who developed Modern Warfare 2), but that doesn’t seem to be dampening the hunger of gamers for more Call of Duty goodness.
Consequently, Wilson has now raised his sales estimate for Black Ops in the holiday quarter from 10 million units to a cool 12 million. The game is scheduled for release on November 9 – expect to hear plenty more about it before then.