Call of Duty: Ghosts sales down 19% on Black Ops 2, 36% on MW3 – analyst

Tuesday, 17th December 2013 00:43 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Call of Duty: Ghosts is one of the best-selling games this year, but it’s not living up to previous entries in the series, according to market analysis firm Cowen & Company.

In a note to investors reported by VentureBeat, Cowen & Company said Ghosts’ sales are down 19% year-on-year compared to 2012 release Call of Duty: Black Ops 2.

Cowen analyst Doug Creutz said the lower sales figures are even “more troubling” than they initially suggest. Year-on-year, Ghosts has had an extra week on sale compared to Black Ops 2, making that 19% gap more serious than it looks, but even worse, it has had two extra weeks on sale compared to Modern Warfare 3, and is still 36% behind.

Creutz doesn’t think sales for PS4 and Xbox One will make up the difference, either.

“We don’t think it is out of the question that the title could wind up comparing down 20% to 25% year-over-year [to Black Ops II], which is appreciably worse than the down 10 to 15% that we think is baked in to guidance,” he said.

By guidance, Creutz is referring to Activision’s advice to investors; the publisher had warned investors that Ghosts sales might be lower due to the console transition.

Call of Duty Ghosts topped the UK charts again this week, and was the best-selling game in North America in November.

Thanks, GamesIndustry.



  1. Panthro

    Wheeey its falling its falling!

    I cant wait until my 9 year old nephews begin asking me to play a different game whenever I am over at there houses.

    #1 1 year ago
  2. johnapocalypse

    I bets GTA5 has something to do with this. The people who can only afford to buy 1 or 2 games a year decided to pass on COD this year

    #2 1 year ago
  3. xxxGamesMasterxxx

    Not failing fast enough. Hate this game with a passion, it has ruined so many other games who tried to copy its success.

    #3 1 year ago
  4. The_Red

    It is tragic how COD went from a celebrated to all-time classic to a yearly copy paste job. Really miss pre-MW3 days of this series (Outside World At War that is).

    It’s almost like Activision enjoys ruining once great brands by OVER-milking (Tony Hawk, Guitar Hero).

    #4 1 year ago
  5. tezzer1985

    Whatever you guys think, it’s still the biggest release behind GTA5 this year, & next year with no GTA it will still be the best selling game.

    As a gamer and a fan of COD (even AC) I see nothing wrong with releasing every year, if the market is there, then the publisher should look to try and make as much money as possible.

    It’s not COD’s fault that every game has tried to copy it’s formula down to a tee, and the market seems to want a COD every year.

    Gamers and Journalists have become whinny and arrogant since the rise of social medina, plenty games to choose from, just don’t buy it, and stop wishing bad on a developer or publisher.

    #5 1 year ago

    CoD is DEFINITELY not copy and paste.

    If it was, everyone who liked Black Ops 2 would be enjoying CoDG right now, but they’re not. There is a huge difference in terms of gameplay philosophies between both Treyach and IW, and there’s a difference from version to version.

    People simply cannot dispute the fact that almost every single regular CoD player will have at least one recent version that they really just don’t like.

    The thing with CoDG, is that it gets so much, so, so wrong. They took things out, and they didn’t implement basic features that people were used to from BO2.

    What makes it even more ridiculous, is that they spent a lot of time on new features that actually make big differences to the gameplay, but didn’t say anything about them.

    There are things in CoDG now, that I would expect to be in every FPS after it, but it’s almost as if IW don’t even know how significant they are.

    The game deserves to have lower sales, IYAM, because it’s badly designed as an overall package.

    I think it’ll be interesting to see what Treyarch have got planned, if anything, to go up against Titanfall. The stage is set for a new lead FPS…

    #6 1 year ago
  7. Docker Al

    Ghosts is infinitely better than Black Ops II, a game seemingly built from the ground up for quick-scopers, trick-shotters, drop-shotters and you-tubers. Basically anyone who only plays to ruin the game for others. Ghosts however gets so much so right that it might even be better than the first Black Ops – time will tell. Assault rifles are viable again, maps are a decent size and the game is perfectly balanced. Far from being ‘review proof’ I think the harsh reception from (brain dead) critics as well as the console transition have hurt sales. Last Friday night (West Australia-gmt+8) there were less than 10,000 players online on XB1. Even 360 had around only 100,000 so numbers are well down. Of course the player base is now split across 5 platforms with the new consoles. I suspect the online numbers will take a further hit when Titanfall is released so the once untouchable COD franchise could finally be faltering.

    #7 1 year ago
  8. Dave Cook

    Black Ops 2, best MP so far IMO.

    The whole CoD 4 was the best because of less killstreaks thing doesn’t fly for me (as ace as CoD 4 still is).

    Black Ops 2 is amazingly balanced. Folk who said otherwise often struck me as weaker players or bad losers.

    #8 1 year ago
  9. Hcw87

    MW1 was more balanced _BECAUSE_ of less killstreaks.

    CSGO is balanced because of NO killstreaks. BF3/4 is balanced because of NO killstreaks.

    If you took out killstreaks, took out the radar, and added recoil to the guns (and lowered their damage), then you would have a balanced game.

    But sure, the average CoD gamer wouldn’t think of this as a fun experience, so it wouldn’t sell that well at all. Which is a sad reality.

    #9 1 year ago
  10. SplatteredHouse

    @7 “Of course the player base is now split across 5 platforms” and (surely) multiple games, even within its own franchise? It is the PUBLISHER’S responsibility to move forward with decisions that prevent that – they don’t. They aren’t interested.

    Just give me a properly maintained, and kept current CoD4-based online client, and I need never as much as think of “CoD” again!

    #10 1 year ago

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