Another year, another Call of Duty. And guess what? The game that everyone asks for at Christmas time is still breaking records.
Activision have announced on their website that Black Ops II, the sequel to 2010’s Black Ops, has grossed $1 billion within a mere 15 days, making it the fastest-selling entertainment product in history.
What’s more, Black Ops II has logged a staggering 150 million hours worldwide on Xbox Live and Playstation Network, according to Activision‘s statistics.
The publishing company aren’t strangers to this kind of success. The mantle was previously held by last year’s Modern Warfare 3, Infinity Ward‘s show-stopping conclusion to the Modern Warfare trilogy, which reached $1 billion in retail sales in just 16 days. Prior to that was James Cameron’s Avatar, when sci-fi geeks flocked in their hundreds and thousands to help the film generate $1 billion within 17 days.
Activision are aware of the impact of the Call of Duty series and what it takes to continue to make a mark in the entertainment industry:
“Entertainment franchises that captivate audiences for as long as Call of Duty has, on the scale that Call of Duty has, are very rare things. And it takes a lot of brilliant people working across many different disciplines to make it happen. It is incredibly humbling and gratifying to be a part of,” said Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision Publishing.
“In order for Call of Duty to remain the entertainment juggernaut that it is, and keep our fans coming back for more, we need to continue to bring fresh ideas and new innovations to the table every time, while always staying true to what people fell in love with in the first place. That’s what we did with Call of Duty: Black Ops II, and that’s what we intend to keep on doing.”
“This is an incredible milestone for an incredible franchise, and I want to thank every passionate, talented, committed person on our team who made it happen.”
Black Ops II is available for purchase on Xbox 360, PS3, PC and Wii U, with a recently announced DLC pack available soon.
Grab your baseball bats, cheat-code books and budding sense for causing absolute chaos, kids – you’re returning to Los Santos in the near future.
Take-Two Interactive, the publishing label behind the gaming behemoth Grand Theft Auto, have announced the official release date for its anticipated new entry in the series. The follow-up to the critical and commercial hit Grand Theft Auto IV will be released September 17th of this year.
For those who were aware, Grand Theft Auto V was originally scheduled for a spring 2013 release window, but has been since delayed to “allow for additional development time”, as stated on the company’s website.
Whilst it may have been five years since Grand Theft Auto IV, developer Rockstar Games assures fans that the quality of the game will set new boundaries for this long-time gaming series:
“Grand Theft Auto V continues to push the series forward in new ways; Rockstar North are creating our deepest, most beautiful and most immersive world yet,” said Sam Houser, Founder of Rockstar Games. “We are very excited for people to learn more about the game in the coming months.”
Details of the game can be found on Rockstar‘s website including information on the game’s three protagonists and its approach to the series, as well as an ‘ambitious approach to open world multiplayer’.
Grand Theft Auto V will be released for Xbox 360 and PS3. There is no schedule for a PC release just yet; however, it could be possible that a modder is taking the matter into his own hands.