It’s hard to deny that one of the absolute biggest media franchises on the planet is the Activision video game first-person shooter series Call of Duty. With 11 titles having been released in the game’s main series since 2003, with several other smaller entries popping up on handheld consoles and mobile devices, it’s plain to see that Call of Duty is everywhere — and now, publisher Activision has backed it up with some serious numbers.
In honor of the Call of Duty championship sponsored by Xbox and happening this weekend in Los Angeles, the publisher of the indomitable shooter franchise has released (via GameSpot) a new infographic that tells us just how much people love to play this game series across multiple platforms. Unless otherwise noted, this graphic is representative of every released game in the series since 2010, which was the year that Call of Duty: Black Ops was released on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Take a look below.
Seeing these numbers puts a lot of things in perspective, particularly as it pertains to how much mileage gamers get out of these games upon release. Call of Duty is in constant contention with recent entries in the Grand Theft Auto series for selling nearly $1 billion worth of copies of new releases, and that’s only within the first 24 hours. Beyond that, the Call of Duty series has consistently released to critical acclaim, which is pretty remarkable in and of itself since Activision has made it an annual franchise.
As it stands currently — and in order to meet annual release dates — development on new Call of Duty titles is split between three different developers: Infinity Ward (the series’ creators) has developed the original games as well as the Modern Warfare sub-series, Treyarch has developed World at War and the Black Ops sub-series (and they’re the ones developing this year’s game), and now Sledgehammer Games, who released their first full entry in the form of last year’s Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (our review of which you can read here).
While we haven’t heard anything yet about the next game in the series, the particularly high critical reception for the two Black Ops games likely means that a lot of eyes will be on Treyarch to see how their first outing with the franchise on new-gen hardware will match up to their previously beloved efforts. For more on the future of Call of Duty as it happens, keep an eye on GeekNation!
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