UK Retailers: Call of Duty Ghosts Sales 50% Below Black Ops II

by William D'Angelo, posted on 11 November 2013 / 11,766 Views

Call of Duty: Ghosts launched last week and sales for the UK are in. Retailers have told MCVUK that launch sales for Call of Duty: Ghosts are 50 percent lower than Call of Duty: Black Ops II.

Call of Duty: Black Ops II sold 1.65 million units in its first week in the UK, according to VGChartz. With sales about half of that would put Call of Duty: Ghosts opening week at 0.83 million units.

While these sales figures may seem dire for the Call of Duty series, these numbers don't include the next generation versions of the game. At least in the US, pre-orders for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions of the game are at half of the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions. If it is the same in the UK, Call of Duty: Ghosts will end up selling about 75 percent of what Call of Duty: Black Ops II has sold.


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9 Comments

S.Peelman (on 12 November 2013)

Expected. I've been saying this all along. CoD is declining big time. It's still a huge game of course, but it won't get close to those MW3 numbers ever again.


teamsilent13 (on 11 November 2013)

MW3 was hated more than any other and black ops 2 had it's share of hate so I guess it kind of makes sense. Also, next gen copies and such...so the gap will be much closer I'm sure.


Seece (on 11 November 2013)

Next Gen won't make up for 800k lost sales in the UK. PS4/X1 userbase would need to be 3.2m after a year (or less) and that's a 25% attach rate.


swii26 (on 11 November 2013)

I get bored of franchises that release annually. I eventually buy them, just not at launch. I guess thats what happens when publishers milk the crap out of franchises and get cocky because of past success.


PattonFiend (on 16 November 2013)

It was time to end it years ago... After they left reality and turned this amazing World War II genre into futuristic fighting alien BS, they put their own nails in their own coffin. It used to be so historical and fun and the Zombies added all that was needed for that Sci-Fi kick. RIP and good riddance, COD...


Roar_Of_War (on 14 November 2013)

As the article states - All this most likely means is that people are waiting for CoD on next gen consoles.


Mojammer (on 11 November 2013)

As with most things there is not one single cause. I think it's partly that CoD in general wears out a little more every year, partly that the marketing for Ghosts was weaker than it has been in past years, partly that the marketing for BF4 was quite good this year (and Killzone and Titanfall as well), partly that the new consoles mean people are going to buy fewer games overall because they're spending a large chunk on new hardware, and partly that IW lost a few people with MW3.


Weedlab (on 11 November 2013)

No surprise. I prefer COD from the Black Ops team.


fatslob-:O (on 11 November 2013)

Well COD, you had a good run but now I think it's time for you to go the way of rockband LOLOL. ;-)