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Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 made a ridiculous amount of money in only 3 days

Published: 18/Oct/2018 13:09 Updated: 18/Oct/2018 13:49

by Calum Patterson


Activision have announced that the launch of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 was one of the franchise’s most successful, setting a new record for revenue generated on its opening weekend, as well as the highest player counts.

Following in the footsteps of the previous three Black Ops entries, which is by far the most successful sub-franchise of Call of Duty, the fourth in the series has not disappointed.

While some fans may bemoan the exclusion of a campaign mode, it was more than made up for by the addition of Blackout – Call of Duty’s first foray into the battle royale game type.

Blackout has already proven to be a major factor in the game’s commercial success, with Activision reporting earlier that PC sales were double that of last year’s CoD: WWII – and this is likely in large part thanks to the BR mode.

But, Black Ops multiplayer is a stalwart in FPS shooters on console, and Treyarch continued their tradition of producing a polished (save for a few teething bugs and glitches) and smooth AAA title experience.

All of this meant a big return. Activision has announced on October 18 that in its first three days, Black Ops 4 generated $500 million in revenue, and the total number of players increased from last year.

Blackout is Call of Duty’s first attempt at Battle Royale.

They also say that player statistics have set a new franchise record for current generation consoles, stating:

Through its first three days of release, Black Ops 4 set a new Call of Duty® franchise record for most combined players, average hours per player and total number of hours played, on current generation consoles.

The combined number of Black Ops 4 players across its three modes of play during those first three days tops both last year’s Call of Duty: WWII, as well as Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 (single player, multiplayer and zombies), respectively, for the same period of time.

And it’s not just players playing either, but also watching. Activision claims that based on minutes watched, Black Ops 4 “delivered the highest level of viewership through launch weekend on Twitch in franchise history.”

Rob Kostich, EVP and GM of Call of Duty, said that Activision and Treyarch were “excited” about the game’s momentum, and have so much more planned. He says Black Ops 4 has “set new standards”, and shows how fun Blackout specifically is, to both play and watch.

Black Ops 4 also beat the record for day one digital sales on the PlayStation store, beating the previous record which was also held by Call of Duty, for 2017’s WWII.

Source: Business Wire

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Black Ops Cold War already set new Call of Duty player record in the Beta

Published: 23/Oct/2020 6:20

by Brad Norton


The Call of Duty franchise is showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon as Treyarch’s recent Black Ops Cold War Beta went above expectations and shattered records.

Ever since the release of the first CoD title in 2003, the franchise has only continued to grow. Year after year more players hop on board to see what the latest title has in store. Whether fans gravitate towards single-player campaigns, cooperative experiences, or classic multiplayer competition, there’s something for everyone.

2020 is shaping up to be no different as Treyarch is firing on all cylinders for the Black Ops Cold War release. Everything from Zombies to Warzone will be on offer and it’s already clear that the community is hungry for it all.

After an impressive Alpha test on the PlayStation 4 that became the biggest in franchise history, that record has once again been broken. This time, by the Black Ops Cold War Beta that followed just weeks later.

Having kicked off exclusively for PS4 users on October 8 before jumping to all platforms on October 15, the Black Ops Cold War Beta was played by a staggering number of people. In fact, it was “the most downloaded [Beta] in Call of Duty history,” the developers revealed on October 23.

No exact figures were revealed for the history Beta. Though it being publicly available across Xbox One, PS4, and PC over the final days was sure to have helped boost the figures.

Not only is this a hugely positive sign before the launch of Black Ops Cold War, but it continues a trend from previous iterations. 2019’s Modern Warfare also broke records with its early access Beta period. 

Last year’s records also didn’t come with any specific numbers, though Activision assured the Modern Warfare Beta attracted more players than ever before.

Also of note, those players logged more hours played than any Beta in franchise history. It’s now clear that Black Ops Cold War has been yet another step up in terms of early engagement.

Black Ops Cold War gameplay
The Black Ops Cold War Beta was live across Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.

It’s obviously too early to tell just how this might indicate sales for the release come November 13. However, to get into the Beta early, a majority of players needed to preorder on their platform of choice. So that’s certainly a good sign just weeks out from launch.

2019’s Modern Warfare topped over $600 million in sales across its first three days on the market. That instantly made it the highest-selling CoD of the generation. Though Black Ops Cold War could be on track to go even further this year.