Analyst: Call of Duty: Ghosts Sales Troubling for Franchise - NewsWilliam D'Angelo, posted on 19 December 2013 / 13,168 Views
Call of Duty: Ghosts launched in November and was the bestselling game that month. However, sales have dropped for the franchise. According to analyst Doug Creutz, from the firm Cowen & Company, Call of Duty: Ghosts sales are down 19 percent compared to last years game, Call of Duty: Black Ops II.
Call of Duty publisher Activision had warned investors that sales for Ghosts would be below what Black Ops II did a year ago. Doug Creutz has stated that sales are far worse than what Activision had hinted at.
"Upon further reflection, we think the [Call of Duty] numbers are a bit more troubling than they first appeared," said Creutz in an investors note. "While the year-over-year gap is only 19 percent thus far, that includes two extra weeks of sales for the 360 and PS3 versions [of Black Ops II]. Against 2011′s [Modern Warfare 3], where the difference is only one week, the title is down 32 percent life-to-date."
"We don’t think it is out of the question that the title could wind up comparing down 20 percent to 25 percent year-over-year [to Black Ops II], which is appreciably worse than the down 10 to 15 percent that we think is baked in to guidance."
Call of Duty: Ghosts launched on November 5 for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii U and PC. The game was also a launch title for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One later that month.
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