Black Ops 2 sees 14% sales decline compared to Modern Warfare 3

Monday, 10 December 2012 10:06 GMT By Dave Cook

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 may have netted Activision a cool $1 billion in its first 15 days on sale, but a new report suggests that the game is currently generating 14% less profit than Modern Warfare 3 did this time last year. Get the details below.

Gamasutra reports that Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 has sold 4.5 million copies on Xbox 360 and 2.9 million copies on PS3 since its November 13th launch, making a combined total of 7.4 million units. However, Modern Warfare 3 sold a combined 8.8 million units by the same time last year – equating to a drop of 14%.

MCV adds that Longbow Research analyst James Hardiman chipped in on the matter, stating that Activision’s $1billion sales announcement was perhaps rather hasty.

“We do not believe that Activision did itself any favours by putting out a press release touting that Black Ops II had crossed $1bn in just 15 days,” he stated, “faster than the 16 days required for Modern Warfare 3 to reach the $1bn mark.

“What management did not mention is the fact that with an earlier release date, Modern Warfare 3 was able to reach $1bn a day before Thanksgiving, whereas Black Ops II was not able to get there until after Cyber Monday.”

What’s your view? Has decline set in now? Did the future setting put people off? What can be done to reverse the slide, if anything? Let us know what you think below.