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Modern Warfare 3 hits $1 billion in 16 days – info

Monday, 12 December 2011 13:20 GMT By Johnny Cullen

Activision’s announced that Modern Warfare 3 has hit the $1 billion mark, 16 days after it released.

The milestone was reached a day earlier than Avatar, which reached $1 billion in 17 days.

“Engagement of our Call of Duty audience continues to rise around the world” said Acti CEO Bobby Kotick. “Call of Duty as an entertainment franchise has made an indelible mark on popular culture and its broad and continued success is further validation that audiences increasingly value interactive experiences over passive experiences.”

Activision Publishing CEO Eric Hirshberg added: “Call of Duty has become that rare entertainment franchise that transcends its own genre. Core gamers love it, as our stellar reviews show. But every year, new people are drawn into Call of Duty.

“And while the franchise continues to set records, our fans still seem to want more, demonstrated by our record setting start on Call of Duty Elite. We are committed to helping everyone connect, compete and improve their game, Call of Duty style.”

Since releasing the Infinity Ward/Slegehammer collaboration at the beginning of November, Activision announced US-UK sales of 6.5 million in its opening 24 hours, making $400 million in the process.

In the five days after launch, it raked in $775 million, but has not disclosed any recent sales numbers.

The game won best shooter at the VGAs over the weekend, but was kicked off the top of the UK charts by Elder Scrolls: Skyrim.

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26 Comments

  1. YoungZer0

    Boom! Gotta say i find the multiplayer less interesting than MW2, not really a huge fan of the maps.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Hunam

    Giant bonuses for all!

    #2 3 years ago
  3. DSB

    @1 Uh oh. That’s not what I want to hear. If I wanted something less interesting than MW2 I’d play Black Ops.

    I reckon I’ll grab it next month.

    @2 Only if you kiss the ring, bitch.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. StolenGlory

    Holy crapola – that’s a lot of green.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. viralshag

    @1, Agreed. MW3 hasn’t grabbed my attention like the previous games.

    This is totally my opinion but I did find it quite hard to get into it after playing a few weeks of BF3 on the PC. I didn’t think it looked great in MP but it still retained the fun run and gun aspects.

    Of course, it could just be because I had other games that took my attention such as Skyrim and the TOR beta.

    I will probably get back into it when a few more mates have the time to get online.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. YoungZer0

    @5: And the last LotR Game. That also seems to grab your attention. :P

    #6 3 years ago
  7. OrbitMonkey

    Well it’s all downhill from here ;-)

    Regarding the maps…. Am I the only one who finds them kinda small?

    #7 3 years ago
  8. YoungZer0

    @7: Nope. They are definitely small.

    #8 3 years ago
  9. viralshag

    @6, Haha, you’re not wrong there! Honestly, that game played in 3 man co-op is actually a lot of fun. I was lumped with the bloody female elven mage, though, and she is not as fun to play with as you might think (waheey!).

    #9 3 years ago
  10. YoungZer0

    @9: Would’ve been my last choice. :D Glad to hear it’s fun. But i’m still in Skyrim, no place for any other RPG right now.

    #10 3 years ago
  11. Erthazus

    MW3 maps are a disaster. No wonder there were three teams making this game.
    One made maps, one singleplayer and multplayer and other one watched the progress because Half of the infinity staff made new studio.

    #11 3 years ago
  12. Fin

    @11

    Oh yeah? How many hours have you put into MW3 so far bro?

    #12 3 years ago
  13. John117

    Proud member of “Didnt buy CoD:MW3″, and man it makes me feel so clean :3

    #13 3 years ago
  14. G1GAHURTZ

    @12: It must be at least a 3 figure number by now…

    ____

    As for me, I’m sure no-one will be surprised to hear that I’m having loads of fun with the MP. The small(ish) maps suit my run and gun style.

    After struggling to go positive for ages, due to a bad internet connection, I’ve finally got a bit of a better one now.

    Went 30-0-4 on a FFA game yesterday for the first time since I left the UK, so I’m probably going to start putting more serious hours into the game now.

    Nowhere near as much as someone else here probably will though…

    #14 3 years ago
  15. Unlimax

    Great .. now we will have a FREE map packs :D .. or not !!

    #15 3 years ago
  16. HeavyD-Love

    Translation:

    Activision: “Profits, profits, we’re all about the profits!!!!” Maniacal laugh…

    #16 3 years ago
  17. Strawb

    “Call of Duty as an entertainment franchise has made an indelible mark on popular culture and its broad and continued success is further validation that audiences increasingly value interactive experiences over passive experiences.”
    Made me lol. Last time I checked, there were a load of scripted events in the single player campaigns of these games.
    Not to mention the extreme railshooter-aspect. Sure, it’s still interactive, but you can only do what they want you to do, at the pace they set.

    #17 3 years ago
  18. Erthazus

    @12, Bro, “5.8 hrs / 14.1 hrs” on Steam and i won’t go back to that crap anymore. Ever. Period.

    #18 3 years ago
  19. YoungZer0

    @18: Weren’t you talking about 40hrs+ once?

    #19 3 years ago
  20. DSB

    @17 I get your point, but that’s true for any game. The difference is in how skillfully they hide it from you. I always felt more immersed in the gameplay than the actual events when it came to CoD.

    That being said, he’s obviously talking about games as opposed to movies or books, and it’s an interesting point when you think about it. Once games like Skyrim start grossing more than your average fantasy movie, or Call of Duty starts grossing more than your average Michael Bay movie, which is all but reality, then games are a part of pop culture as much as anything else.

    There are really only a few problems with that. One is the average persons resistance to accepting something new in a realm full of old, the other is the difference in quality between neglected game narratives and those in all other media, which serve to make games a B-medium, and I guess the third and least important is that gamers want to feel special, so they don’t want to let anyone else in.

    Neither they nor the cultural neoluddites have a choice though, it looks to be happening.

    In the early 20th century I’m pretty sure you had people who identified with movies as a dedicated minority, and people who vehemently resisted their influence. It’s easier to stop the tide from rolling in than it is to stop the future, however :P

    @19 It doesn’t really matter. I’m sure Kotick and Infinity Ward appreciate his patronage all the same. Less bandwidth consumption, more profit.

    #20 3 years ago
  21. Strawb

    @20: In regards to how well-executed it is in CoD, I started noticing the rail-line and the scripts in Modern Warfare. In Modern Warfare 2, it was more than annoying, and that’s pretty much the reason I didn’t bother with MW3.

    As for “games being part of pop culture”…I think they have become a bigger and bigger part over the past decade. It’s not something that suddenly happened recently.
    Yes, a game catching up to the best-selling movie of all time is impressive, but I don’t view that as the “bar” for being part of popular culture.
    Game enthusiasts that actually still want to feel special and non-mainstream need to get used to the thought of their passtime actually being mainstream. The only thing I see holding it back at the moment, is the shelling games still take every once in a while. Once a new “medium”, if one could call it that, comes out, if that will even happen, games will take their place next to books, films and rock music as the previous scapegoats for “I don’t know what’s wrong with my child.”

    #21 3 years ago
  22. DSB

    @21 I don’t disagree with any of that, but personally I’m leaning towards the movie analogy. People have only really started noticing games within the latest wave of mass media (circa 1990 onwards) and it’s going to take a good 10-20 years yet before people learn to stop worrying, and love the game.

    Ultimately I think it’s purely a question of waiting until the people who grew up with videogames become the “authority”. The only reason why whackjob criticism is being taken seriously these days, is because you have an overwhelming number of people who didn’t. 20 years from now it’s going to be an entirely different ballgame.

    #22 3 years ago
  23. Fin

    @18

    Nice.
    Still double what I’ve put in.

    I like the way you went and bought it too. Activision loves your money!!

    #23 3 years ago
  24. Strawb

    @22
    First of all, nice job on that reference. ;)

    It’s true that most people haven’t noticed games as much yet, or rather don’t acknowledge them, but I would have to say 20 years is a pessimistic estimate. I’m more hopeful, myself.

    Quite right, a generation change is needed. However, there are people from the late 70s, early 80s, that actually have grown up with video games. Admittedly, not in as huge a fashion as some of the rest of us, but it’s still been part of their lives.

    I think the video game industry has to have matured as well before we really can say that games are mainstream. That does bring us back to the generation currently growing up with games being a big deal, since many of them will be responsible for furthering the “cause”.

    #24 3 years ago
  25. JeRicHoOL

    #11

    The maps aren’t a disaster. But yea, I’d probably get pissed off too if I’d get my ass handed on silver plate or if I’d be too unintelligent to learn map (routes, chokepoints, famous camper spots, etc.). That’s not something you learn by playing the game as less as you did. You keep buying CoD’s when you know you’ll get disappointed. If you’re going with the CoD hate train already then please do it right. I see a lot of bullshit comments from you in like every CoD/Activision topic without proper explanatory statements and examples.

    But since you play BF3 you are a “man” or “mature person” anyways and I’m just a high pitched stupid kid because I play CoD. I thought a mature person could actually backup his (if that’s grammatically correct) statements with examples.

    ——————–

    The maps are alright. The game has it’s great maps and shit maps like any other shooter game. I don’t think they are smaller than the MW2 ones there is just less open space this time and lots of branches and possible routes. There is less special maps though like Wasteland or Highrise in MW2. I really hope they bring back these 2 and Terminal, Afghan and maybe Scrapyard. I don’t mind about CoD4 maps because they brought them back in MW2 already and I think now it’s time to bring back some of the MW2 ones.

    And before someone moans about IW bringing back old maps to make easy money. I rather have some of the old maps back where I know I’ll love to play on them than new ones which “might” be shit.

    My currently favourites on MW3 are Village, Dome, Fallen, Arkaden and Mission.
    Some of the maps I hate are Seatown and Underground.

    MP is definately more balanced than MW2 (weapons, perks, etc.). Of course the bar of balance can always be raised but MW3 was a move in the right direction. They are also adressing and patching stuff pretty quickly this time which is good of course.

    #25 3 years ago
  26. back_up

    OMG
    good for acti MP is much improved than MW2

    #26 3 years ago

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  • Longbeards Culture Pack available now for Total War: Attila

    The Longbeards Culture Pack is now available for Total War: Attila and it comes with three new playable factions. The Langobards, the Burgundians and the Alamans can be played in both single and multiplayer campaign modes as well as custom and multiplayer battles. A new feature called The Lay of Ybor is also included. It […]

  • Nvidia unveils Titan X as world’s “most advanced GPU” – video

    Nvidia revealed Titan X as “the world’s most advanced GPU” during Epic founder Tim Sweeney’s State of Unreal session a t GDC 2015 today. Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang took the stage during the panel stating it contains “8 billion transistors,” and has 12GB of RAM. Pricing wasn’t announced, but it was rumored back in January […]

  • Steam sale discounts titles announced for SteamOS

    With many of the year’s most popular games heading to SteamOS, Valve has decided to host sale in celebration. Here’s a short list of titles on sale. The full list of PC, Linux, Mac and SteamOS discounts can be found through the link. The Banner Saga Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Batman: Arkham […]

  • PayDay 2 announced for SteamOS, celebrating with franchise sale

    PayDay 2 is coming to SteamOS, Overkill has announced. Still under development, a release date will be announced at a later date. “Making sure PAYDAY 2 is available on SteamOS felt like a no-brainer,” said Bo Andersson Klint, CEO of Starbreeze in the press release. “With PAYDAY 2: Crimewave Edition coming to the next generation […]

  • Magicka 2 has a release date and a crazy new trailer

    Magicka 2 has a release date for PC and the PlayStation 4, and Paradox Interactive has released a trailer featuring “Vlad’s latest lyrical triumph,” which is his rendition of the Game of Thrones theme. Magicka arrived on PC and PS4 May 26 and the game can be pre-ordered on PC beginning today, with PS4 pre-orders […]

  • Nintendo eShop schedule: Don’t Starve: Giant Edition, Never Alone, others

    Nintendo has sent over a list of titles heading to the eShop in 2015. The schedule contains titles such as Affordable Space Adventures, Runbow, Swords & Soldiers 2, Don’t Starve: Giant Edition, Never Alone and Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars. Below a preliminary list of games scheduled to launch in the Nintendo eShop on […]

  • Week 8: Can you win the weekly VG247 GTA Online playlist? Play tonight at 8pm UK time!

    We’re hotdogging tonight. I don’t even know what that means. Eight weeks of ridiculous death. Such a brave, true milestone. We’re going to celebrate two entire months of playing weekly GTA Online playlists with VG247 readers with Hotdogging, a set of six jobs I named completely at random. This one ends with a straight-up border […]

  • Puzzle platformer Four Sided Fantasy coming to PC, consoles in early 2016

    Curve Digital and developer Logan Fieth’s studio Ludo Land are bringing puzzle platformer, Four Sided Fantasy, to PC all major consoles in early 2016. Ludo Land are developing the PC version, with Curve Digital handling the console and Vita versions. Four Sided Fantasy tasks players with venturing across “dreamlike levels” by controlling and manipulating the […]

  • Tropico 5 arrives on PS4 in April – video

    A release date for Tropico 5 on PlayStation 4 has been announced. This is the franchise’s first foray onto PlayStation consoles. It arrived in Europe on April 24 and in North America on April 28. A Limited Edition has also been announced, and it includes The Big Cheese DLC and the Bayo Del Olfato sandbox […]

  • Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain Limited Edition PS4 releasing in Asia

    A limited edition Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain PlayStation 4 system will be released in Asia. The system and its DualShock controller were designed in collaboration with Konami Digital Entertainment and targeted for the Asia region, per Gematsu. It will be released as part of PS4 Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain […]

  • This video shows Sid Meier’s Starships being played on iPad

    Sid Meier’s Starships will be released on iPad alongside Mac and PC, and to give you an idea on how it plays on the tablet, a new video has been released. Watch below as Pete Murray and lead producer Stuart Zissu show off the iPad version. The 4X space-strategy releases on March 12.

  • Wolfenstein: The Old Blood announced as standalone prequel to Wolfenstein: The New Order

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood, a standalone prequel to The New Order, will release May 5 on PC, PS4 and Xbox One. The game takes pace in 1946, and and players take on the role of B.J. Blazkowicz as he embarks on a two-part mission in Bavaria. Part one, Rudi Jäger and the Den of Wolves, […]

  • Observer Mode coming soon to Evolve as a free update

    Observer Mode will be released for Evolve as a free update for all platforms, 2K and Turtle Rock have announced. The community feature was designed to give Evolve players the ability to observe and add commentary as well as livestream, allowing a sixth user to “passively enter a custom game” with the ability to switch […]

  • Dragon Quest Heroes and PS4 top Media Create charts in Japan

    The PlayStation 3 and PS4 skus for Dragon Quest Heroes were the top sellers on the Media Create charts in Japan, moving a combined 594,749 units. Elsewhere on the chart, The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D was in third place with 39,751 units moved, and last week’s top seller, God Eater 2: Rage Burst, […]

  • Watch Hideo Kojima answer lots of your burning Phantom Pain questions

    What’s better than learning the official release date of MGS5: The Phantom pain? Hideo Kojima talking more about it, of course! Hideo Kojima has decided to answer a few fan questions about Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain, to help boost everyone’s hype to insane levels. He talks about the game’s story, his relief […]

  • MGS5: The Phantom Pain Day 1 and Collector’s Edition revealed

    Konami has officially revealed the release date of Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain alongside the game’s Day 1 and Collector’s Edition. Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain will release September 1, worldwide, as previously leaked. It will be available on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One. The PC Steam […]

  • EU Club Nintendo: Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds soundtrack back in stock

    Club Nintendo members in Europe can once again pick up The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds soundtrack. For 3000 Stars, members of the program will receive the double-CD soundtrack which features 89 tracks with liner notes from Ryo Nagamatsu and 12 sheet music excerpts. It also comes with 16 Milk Bar Musician pieces. […]

  • HTC apologises over “confusing” Half-Life VR comments

    HTC has misspoke when it talked about Half-Life coming to VR headset Vive. HTC chairwoman Cher Wang has apologised over the comments she made yesterday about the possibility of Half-Life coming to Vive, the VR headset it’s manufacturing with the help of Valve. Sources close to Valve, have indicated to the BBC that the developer […]

  • What do Heists and Daily Objectives tell us about the future of GTA Online?

    Daily Objectives could be more important to GTA Online than Heists. These theories and more, from a giddy Matt Martin. Yesterday Rockstar dropped a bombshell. Not only is it releasing Heists next week – the mythical 4-player missions for GTA Online – but it’s also going to be introducing daily challenges and more modes to […]

  • Breaking down Hardline Premium, is it worth it?

    Having been announced just a few days ago, the Premium service for Battlefield Hardline has been a topic of constant debate among the Battlefield community. Many look at Hardline as a Battlefield off-shoot that will just tide everyone over until Battlefront comes out in the fall. EA has other plans however, announcing a $50 Premium […]

  • Watch Dogs sold more than GTA 5 and FIFA 15 in Australia in 2014

    Watch Dogs outsold GTA 5, and FIFA 15, at retail in Australia last year. According to data obtained by the Interactive Games & Entertainment Association (IGEA) from the NPD Group Australia, last year’s year retail sales charts look a bit different in Australia. The top-selling game was Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, followed by Watch […]

  • Watch PC footage of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt from GDC 2015

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has a new gameplay video available that shows a bit of action from the PC version. The video below was captured from Nvidia’s GDC conference live-stream. Developer CD Projekt RED was on hand to show off The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt‘s graphical prowess running on a PC. Thanks, GamesHQMedia.

  • Dying Light: Hard Mode and Ultimate Survivor Bundle out March 10

    Dying Light’s second DLC drop, the Ultimate Survivor Bundle, and the free Hard Mode, have been given a solid release date alongside a new trailer. Dying Light developer Techland has confirmed that the Ultimate Survivor Bundle, the game’s second DLC drop, will release March 10. The DLC is part of the season pass, but will […]

  • Exploration puzzler Ether One is coming to PlayStation 4

    Ether One, the first-person exploration game that puts you in the minds of other people to help change events of their past is coming to PlayStation 4 this year. Ether One is coming to PlayStation 4 this year, developer White Paper Games announced at GDC 2015. A retail version will also be available alongside the […]

  • Larian “murdered” Divinity: Dragon Commander to focus on Original Sin

    Divinity: Original Sin developer Larian talked very candidly about the business side of development and the many unfortunate events that took place for the game to come out as it did. Larian Studios founder Swen Vincke gave a post-mortem on the troubled development of Divinity: Original Sin, and how it managed to overcome all of […]

  • Firewatch probably has the most natural dialogue of any game to date

    Firewatch developer Campo Santo has revealed the first ever gameplay footage of the upcoming exploration game. Firewatch is the first game from super indie studio Campo Santo. The game is set in the Wyoming forests where the player will be exploring the environment and act as a fire lookout. The game features extensive voice-acting as […]

  • White Night launch trailer is a noir thriller trip

    White Night is here, not long after it was revealed and with a mysterious launch trailer. White Night, the black-and-white survival horror set in 1930s Boston, has revealed its launch trailer. White Night is mix of old-school horror, exploration and puzzling solving in an eerie, noir setting. The game’s main mechanic is light. any object […]

  • Free-to-play is “a significant part” of PlayStation’s digital future

    Free-to-play games on PlayStation 4 have seen enough growth that Sony is now considering the model a major part of its future digital business. Sarah Thompson, senior account executive for PlayStation’s free-to-play business said at a GDC panel that Sony has witnessed impressive growth in the free-to-play sector. “We’re really looking at this as a […]

  • Double Fine Adventure Kickstarter documentary releasing free on YouTube

    Broken Age making of documentary Double Fine Adventure will be made available to all. When Double Fine turned to crowdfunding, changing the industry forever, it promised to give an unprecedented look behind the scenes with a professional documentary of the whole development process of Broken Age. That documentary was initially restricted to Kickstarter backers, but […]

  • Gone Home console ports cancelled following Midnight City difficulties

    Gone Home won’t be made available to the console masses after all. Indie hit Gone Home was announced for console release almost exactly one year ago, and we’ve heard absolutely nothing since then. Turns out, that’s because it’s not happening: developer the Fullbright Company confirmed to Eurogamer that the ports have been cancelled. “Our publishing […]

  • Microsoft rang Mojang the day Notch joked about selling

    Minecraft developer Mojang was sold because founder Markus “Notch” Persson made a joke on Twitter. Ever wondered how Minecraft came to be a Microsoft property? It’s actually a pretty great story. Remember when Notch tweeted this? Anyone want to buy my share of Mojang so I can move on with my life? Getting hate for […]

  • Halo: The Master Chief Collection matchmaking update rolling out

    Halo: The Master Chief Collection has been updated to help fix its tragic matchmaking. Again. Now almost four months old, Halo: The Master Chief Collection was still pretty broken as of this morning, with rubbish matchmaking and plenty of other issues to go around. 343 Industries is still trying to fix it, and has today […]

  • Nvidia unveils Shield, an Android 4K Smart TV set top box

    Nvidia has named yet another product “Shield” in an attempt to render us all hopelessly confused. The heart of Nvidia’s GDC 2015 press conference was the Shield, a $200 Android set top box launching in May. Apparently the “world’s first 4K Android TV”, the Shield supports 4K content encoded with h.265. The box runs on […]

  • Star Wars Battlefront footage shown behind closed doors

    Star Wars Battlefront is being shown to retailers. Now we want EA to show it to us. Star Wars Battlefront is expected sometime this year, so it’s about time EA gave us a look at DICE’s latest. It turns out that while press and gamers have had to twiddle their thumbs, EA is showing it […]

  • Dragon Age lead creative moves onto mysterious new BioWare project

    Dragon Age creator David Gaider is leaving his baby behind. Dragon Age is a team effort, but Gaider was one of the key creatives behind the franchise, creating the setting of Thedas (which, I was recently amused to learn, is an acronym: “THE Dragon Age Setting”). He was lead writer on all three games and […]

  • Unity 5 available for free with “no fucking around”

    Unity 5 looks amazing, and you can download and faff about with it for free right now. “We’re not nickel-and-diming people. When we say it’s free, it’s free. We’re not charging a royalty, which I think is akin to looking for whales.” Unity Technologies announced the release of the fifth version of its popular, simple, […]

  • Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 may be the end of the series

    Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 released yesterday, and many fans theorise that it marks the end of the series. Five Nights at Freddy’s developer Scott Cawthon has released a new teaser image on his website, but rather than pointing to a new game, many fans believe the teaser signals the end of the series. The […]