Franchise Tops $10 Billion in Sales Worldwide, Life-to-Date. Sales and Engagement Up Over Last Year Through First Week.
Activision Blizzard, Inc. today announced that Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is the biggest entertainment launch of the year, besting not only all other video games, but also the biggest movies, music and books launched in 2014.
“Since Activision created the Call of Duty franchise in 2003, franchise revenues have exceeded $10 billion in sales worldwide, far exceeding box office receipts for such household movie franchises as Hunger Games, Transformers, Iron Man and Avengers, combined,” said Bobby Kotick, CEO of Activision Blizzard. “Advanced Warfare is the biggest entertainment launch of 2014 in terms of revenue, surpassing all movie, music and book launches this year.”
“We poured our hearts into making Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare an epic ride, and we are pleased with the performance,” said Eric Hirshberg, CEO, Activision Publishing, Inc. “Sales and engagement are up through the first week compared to last year. Season Pass sales are up, as well. The game has been very positively reviewed and the response from fans has been tremendous. We believe Advanced Warfare will be the most successful game of the year and we thank our fans for making it the biggest entertainment launch of the year.”
Activision also confirmed that Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is the highest-selling digital launch in console history according to Xbox Live, PlayStation Network and internal Activision estimates.
Engagement for Sledgehammer Games’ newest entry to the franchise is based on statistics from the first week after launch according to internal estimates, with gamers playing more than 370 million online matches in its first week of release, and leveling up over 200 million times in Advanced Warfare online multiplayer mode.
As a reminder, Xbox gamers who purchased a digital copy, can upgrade their Xbox 360 version to Xbox One for free, as well as PlayStation 3 players, who also purchased digitally, can upgrade to PlayStation 4 for free. This offer for full-game free upgrade within console family is limited to purchases of Xbox 360 and PS3 digital versions made by March 31, 2015, and does not apply to physical game copies. Additionally, all multiplayer stats, and all DLC purchased for in-game use, including Season Pass, transfer for free within console family, as long as players’ Xbox Gamertag or PSN ID remains the same.
Biggest entertainment launch of the year is based on Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare retail and digital sell-through, and reported movie, music, and book gross sales, each for the first week following initial launch, according to publicly-available data, retail customer sell-through information, and internal Activision estimates. Sales increase of Advanced Warfare versus last year is based on sell-through in week after initial launch.
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Gamers Can Play as Favorite Heroes from Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Titles and Call of Duty: Black Ops II in All-New, Free to Play Call of Duty Mobile Game
Capt. Price. Soap MacTavish. Mike Harper. For the first time, players can enlist some of the most legendary characters from the hallowed halls of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Call of Duty: Black Ops II universes in an all-new mobile experience, Call of Duty®: Heroes. Available now for download on the App Store and Windows Store, Call of Duty: Heroes is a free to play, 3D combat strategy game that gives players an exciting new way to experience Call of Duty on smartphones and tablets. Gamers have the ability to customize their base and train elite forces, including these iconic heroes and more from the famed Call of Duty lore, to take on enemies in fierce mobile battles with friends and other players.
In Call of Duty: Heroes players take command of a small outpost to build and upgrade it into an impenetrable base, utilizing a number of weapons and equipment options, including sentry guns, SAM turrets, mines and more than 30 upgradeable structures. Gamers can direct and level up five legendary Call of Duty heroes such as Capt. John Price and Sgt. John “Soap” MacTavish from the Modern Warfare series and Call of Duty: Black Ops II’s JSOC operative Mike Harper and more. Take them into battle while also unleashing epic killstreaks, including the UAV, care packages, drone strikes and chopper gunner as well as tactical expertise unique to each. Gamers even have access to a broad range of hailed Call of Duty infantry and drones, including Juggernauts, Dragonfires and CLAWs. Players can also team up with friends to form alliances, donate troops and take down opponents while earning in-game rewards.
“Call of Duty: Heroes brings back these iconic characters from across the Call of Duty franchise to play once again in an all-new experience created for mobile players,” said Jeremiah Maza, executive producer, Activision Publishing, Inc. “And it’s all focused on the fun. There’s nothing like calling in heavyweights like Capt. Price or Mike Harper and rolling into a new mission right from your phone or tablet.”