Welcome to the ‘Top 10’ weekly feature. Each week we will be taking a look at the top 10 selling games in a particular genre, platform, most recent month, even sprinkling in the top 10 selling games from a past year. All sales specified will be worldwide, unless stated otherwise. If there is a particular top 10 you want to see leave a comment and it may be featured in a future top 10. As a note all sales figures are retail only.
This week we will be looking at the top 10 selling Call of Duty games. Last week we looked at the top 10 selling Microsoft games (Updated through the week ending September 21) and the week before that the top 10 selling games Sony games (Updated through the week ending September 14).
Looking at the top 10 bestselling Call of Duty games the franchise has always been a yearly release. The first game in the franchise came out in 2004. While the first three games were popular, all World War II shooter, it wasn’t until the franchise hit modern times that it became one the biggest franchises in gaming.
While there may be a new game released every year there are two developers, Infinity Ward and Treyarch. Infinity Ward developed Call of Duty, Call of Duty 2, Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare 2, and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, while Treyarch developed Call of Duty 3, Call of Duty: World at War, Call of Duty: Black Ops, and Call of Duty: Black Ops II.
The top 10 bestselling Call of Duty games have sold a combined 163.99 million units. Only Modern Warfare 3 has topped 30 million units sold. The top four titles have sold more than 20 million units and the top six titles have sold more than 10 million units.
The top 10 selling Call of Duty games as a graph really shows how popular the franchise has become. The four oldest games in the franchise are all at the bottom of the chart. Also the number 10 game, Call of Duty: Roads to Victory, was only released on the PSP. All the other games were always released on the PlayStation 2 and / or PlayStation 3, and the Xbox and / or Xbox 360.
There have also been two sub franchises the last five years Modern Warfare and Black Ops. The Modern Warfare series was developed by Infinity Ward, while the Black Ops II series was developed by Treyarch.
Each Modern Warfare game has sold more than the previous. The original sold has 17.37 million units to date while has Modern Warfare 2 sold 25.95 million units to date. This is an 8.58 million unit increase. Modern Warfare 3 has sold 30.33 million units to date. This is a 4.38 million unit increase.
While each Modern Warfare title has sold more than the previous, the same can’t be said for the Black Ops series. Black Ops has sold 29.27 million units to date, while Black Ops II has sold 24.67 million units to date. This is a 4.6 million unit decrease.
Only two main games for the franchise did not outsell the previous year, World at War and Black Ops II. Other than those two games, each release in the franchise has outsold the previous year.
Call of Duty: Ghosts is the next title for the franchise. It is set to be released for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii U, and PC on November 5, 2013. The PlayStation 4 version will be out at launch on November 15 in the US and November 29 in Europe. The Xbox One version will also be out at launch on November 22.
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