Who says the first-person shooter genre is getting stale? Activision (ATVI) announced on Wednesday another milestone for its recently released Call of Duty: Black Ops II game. Having made over $500 million in its first 24 hours, Black Ops II has now reached $1 billion in worldwide sales since it launched 15 days ago. By comparison, last year’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 took one more day to reach the same amount of worldwide sales. Activision says Black Ops II even managed to beat James Cameron’s 2009 movie Avatar, which grossed $1 billion in 17 days. Equally impressive is that 150 million hours of Black Ops II have been logged on Xbox LIVE and the PlayStation Network.
Activision Blizzard’s (ATVI) latest first-person shooter is a hit. Worldwide sales of Call of Duty: Black Ops II have topped half a billion dollars in 24 hours, making the game one of “the biggest entertainment launch(es) of the year for the fourth year in a row.” The game, which is available for PC, PS3, Xbox 360 and soon the Wii U, has grossed more than its predecessor Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, which raked in more than $400 million in its first 24 hours. While Activation didn’t reveal how many copies were sold, the company’s CEO did note that the Call of Duty franchise is now bigger than the two most successful movie franchises — Harry Potter and Star Wars. More →
Taking a page from its own Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 trailer, Activision (ATVI) has released a new live-action trailer for its upcoming first-person shooter, Call of Duty: Black Ops II. The 60 second TV spot, titled “Surprise,” debuted during Monday Night Football, was directed by Guy Richie and features Robert Downey Jr., among others, fighting in a war filled world. Activision also announced that it has partnered with Bad Robot Interactive to integrate Call of Duty destruction into the company’s Bad Robot Action Movie FX app for iOS devices. Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 is scheduled to launch on November 13th and is expected to be one of this year’s biggest games. The live-action trailer follows below. More →
Activision on Tuesday announced the next entry in the Call of Duty franchise, Call of Duty: Black Ops II, a sequel to one of the most successful games of all time. Treyarch, the studio behind the original Black Ops title, is developing the sequel. Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 propels players into a 21st Century Cold War, where technology has created a new generation of warfare. Activision chief Eric Hirshberg previously said, “The next Call of Duty will bring meaningful innovation to the series.” The game is available for pre-order now and is slated to be released on November 13th for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC. The official Call of Duty: Black Ops II trailer follows below. More →