Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Declared Biggest Launch in Entertainment History

By Alice O'Connor, Nov 12, 2009 5:05am PST Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 publisher Activision has declared this week's release of Infinity Ward's shooter "the biggest launch in history across all forms of entertainment."

Approximately 4.7 million copies of Modern Warfare 2 were bought within the first 24 hours of sale in North America and the United Kingdom alone according to internal estimates, which Activision works out as $310 million of sell-through sales.

Modern Warfare 2 was released for PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on Tuesday, with many stores opening at midnight for the occasion including 10,000 in the USA.

So great was the launch, Infinity's Ward Robert Bowling explained, that Sony's PlayStation Network was "overwhelmed" by the glut of players on PlayStation 3 and many were left unable to play online--an issue which should now be rectified.

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  • God damn, between this and the L4D2 stuff, the comments on this article are making me ashamed to call myself a PC Gamer.

    I agree that the PC build of this game is sub-par for some incredibly tenuous reasons. I agree that Kotick doesn't deserve this success. But goddamn, guys, would you at least TRY to not be whiny bitches about this? Don't buy the game, fine. Try to convince others not to buy the game based on your moral objections, fine. But hearing people yell and scream about how this is killing gaming and console kiddies are idiots just makes you sound like a dick.

    For every one person that puts forward a good reason to avoid this title, there are 50 others yelling subjective bullshit that's going to make people ignore any good arguments there are to be heard. Either start making rational arguments or Shut. The. Fuck. Up.