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Activision reveals sales figures for Black Ops and Modern Warfare 2

Despite it already being known as the "best-selling game of all time," Activision has shared current unit sales numbers for Black Ops as it compares to Modern Warfare 2.


During its investor relations call, Activision Blizzard reiterated that Call of Duty continues to set new benchmarks for sales. Though we're already aware that Call of Duty: Black Ops stands as the industry's "best selling game of all time" in terms of dollars, it was unclear where the game stood in terms of units sold.

Responding to a question regarding the unit sales differences between Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and Call of Duty: Black Ops, Activision Publishing CEO Eric Hirshberg revealed that Treyarch's latest title has now achieved 25 million units since launching in November 2010. Modern Warfare 2, he said, has sold 22 million units since it was released in November 2009.

Activision hopes to continue the trend with 2011's Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, which the company noted will boast an even bigger marketing campaign than the franchise has seen in the past.

[Ed. Note: Clarified previous statement as was attempted by backlinking to the original source, the best-selling game of all time title Call of Duty holds is specific to dollars sold and not units sold.]

Xav de Matos was previously a games journalist creating content at Shacknews.

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    August 3, 2011 6:00 PM

    Xav de Matos posted a new article, Activision reveals sales figures for Black Ops and Modern Warfare 2.

    Despite it already being known as the "best-selling game of all time," Activision has shared current unit sales numbers for Black Ops as it compares to Modern Warfare 2.

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      August 3, 2011 6:12 PM

      "Hey guys, remember us???"

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      August 3, 2011 6:19 PM

      Im not getting MW3, they have released the same game for the last 3 years, but with new maps and a handful of new weapons. Not worth the $60

      Also BF3 will show how much COD really sucks.

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        August 3, 2011 6:26 PM

        25 millions people say your wrong about the price.

        I know I won't buy it though.

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          August 3, 2011 9:07 PM

          O I know 20+ mill will buy MW3, but I think BF3 will out sell MW3.

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            August 3, 2011 9:18 PM

            I really doubt that.

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            August 3, 2011 9:34 PM

            Haha NO.

            I know people hope this but it ain't going to happen. I like BC2 and will pick up both regardless.

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            August 4, 2011 5:45 AM

            I doubt that, even though I will get BF3 and no interest in MW3 since like was said before, it's pretty much the same game over and over with small changes with a $10 higher price tag (on pc at least)

            only hope that BF3 won't require you to use Origin.

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            August 4, 2011 5:52 AM


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            August 4, 2011 6:22 AM

            Uh, no.

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            August 4, 2011 6:56 AM

            Perhaps you would like to share some of that smoke with me?

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            August 4, 2011 8:37 AM

            No it wont... but it probably should.

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        August 3, 2011 7:00 PM

        Its not even a $60 game anymore. Its a $60 framework for DLC distribution. I was alright up until 4 map packs for BLOPS. That's just insane, and essentially like doubling the cost of your $60 game.

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      August 3, 2011 6:33 PM

      That's pretty sad, MW2 was a better game. Black Ops had a totally forgettable & schizophrenic SP campaign and relatively uninspired MP gameplay. I hope MW3 goes on deep discount soon after release, because I can't imagine paying more than $30 for episode 3 made by IW's B-squad.

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        August 3, 2011 6:37 PM

        Not to say MW2's SP wasn't forgettable & schizophrenic, but Black Ops took it to a whole new level. I'd be surprised if the same people worked on more than 2 of the levels in that game.

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        August 3, 2011 7:45 PM

        I much preferred the Black Ops campaign. The locations were memorable and I liked the Gary Oldman character. Gameplay was the same as every CoD game ever though...

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        August 3, 2011 10:00 PM

        I felt BLOPS had better MP. Now thats coming from the perspective of a PC guy who prefers HC DOM (which wasnt available in MW2) on dedicated servers...but overall the balance of BLOPS made it a better MP game. MW2 was horrible...I've managed to put 5 hours into its MP...couldn't stand it.

        They both had lackluster SP.

        After MW2 its really hard for me to get excited about anything IW does.

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        August 4, 2011 5:03 AM

        I made the same post a long time ago about MW1 vs. MW2. MW2 and blops are just money grabs based on the brand name....way worse quality for the money, DLC bullshit, etc, than they ever have attempted before.

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      August 3, 2011 6:40 PM

      How is 25 million for Black Ops bigger than 27 million for Mario Kart Wii?

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      August 4, 2011 12:39 AM

      i still think MW1 had the best multiplayer among these

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        August 4, 2011 6:58 AM

        True, and its the only COD title with Mod support which makes it the only viable choice for the competitive sector.

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      August 4, 2011 2:39 PM

      I have bought the last few COD's. However I am getting over it, and their constant need to push DLC down your throat.

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      August 26, 2011 5:14 PM

      I'm sorry... but demographically, your comparing apples to oranges here. In 1 year, the world population has grown... so it would only be natural for a game to increase in sales. Second, Black Ops only had good sales as a result of the success of MW2. Had MW2 not been a hit, Black Ops would have failed. You will see the trend when MW3 is released. Already a lot of Black Ops players are returning to MW2. To know which one is truely better than the other.. forget sales (which could have been skewed anyways, since you were looking at the creator's own statistics... they would undoubtedly skew the numbers higher for Black Ops if they ever had any marketing hopes to sell MW3)... you instead need to look at Server activity. Already MW2 exceeds player activity per user than Black Ops. There, is your true baseline as to which release is better than the other. Stop looking at Sales numbers.. those are always subjective.

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