The world’s most successful shooter has taken a hit this week as sales of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare are half the size of its predecessor, Call of Duty: Black Ops 3.
The GfK Chart-Track reveals that sales of Xbox One and PS4 releases of the game were down 43.6%. Add that to the lack of release on old-gen consoles and the retail situation for Infinite Warfare is nowhere near as bright as Black Ops 3.
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It’s worth mentioning here that even a sales drop of 50% is still a wild commercial success by the standards of most games. Industry analyst Michael Pachter has estimated that Black Ops 3 sold 22 million units. The Call of Duty franchise as a whole has now shifted over 250 million copies worldwide; that’s a lot to live up to.
Before release Activision has acknowledged that sales would probably be weaker for Infinite Warfare as it is an unknown Call of Duty brand, unlike Black Ops. This unfamiliarity won’t be doing the game any favours against Battlefield 1, EA’s First World War shooter, though it currently stands one place above it in the charts.
The full chart list for the past week is as follows.
- Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare (Activision)
- Battlefield 1 (EA)
- FIFA 17 (EA)
- The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition (Bethesda)
- Titanfall 2 (EA)
- Football Manager 2017 (Sega)
- Skylanders Imaginators (Activision)
- Mafia III (2K Games)
- Grand Theft Auto V (Rockstar)
- Forza Horizon 3 (Microsoft)
Shooters dominate the top 5, though EA is probably disappointed to see Titanfall 2 take fifth position beneath Skyrim Special Edition and FIFA 17.
This month will probably see this order overturned yet again with the imminent release of The Last Guardian and Final Fantasy XV. Until then, Call of Duty remains the king of the castle.