Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 setting pre-order records

With each successive annual installment of Call of Duty, naysayers crawl out of the woodwork to declare that, though sales increase year after year, the series has peaked and will surely fail this time. Early indications are that Call of Duty: Black Ops II will also do just fine, as retailer Amazon is reporting Blops 2 is so far its most pre-ordered game of all time.

"Preorders from day 1 of Black Ops II were more than 10 times the amount of preorders for the first Black Ops on its first day of availability," an Amazon US representative told GameSpot. "Black Ops II even out preordered the first day of availability for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 by more than 30 percent." Amazon doesn't even have the fancy pre-order bonanza offered by GameStop.

As MW3 is Amazon's "most preordered game of all time," and in the top 20 of all pre-orders, it's no mean feat. Activision declared MW3 "the biggest entertainment launch ever," selling around 6.5 million units within the first 24 hours in the US and UK alone.

Amazon UK reported that Black Ops II's day-one pre-orders were triple the original Cod Blops.

Of course, it bears mentioning that online shopping is increasingly popular, so Amazon would naturally see some form of growth, but still, it certainly seems this won't be be the year CoD flops.

Call of Duty: Black Ops II is headed to PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on November 13, set in a near-future cold war with unmanned drones aplenty. Check out our preview for more.

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