The call has been answered.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare has sold extremely well at launch, even by Call of Duty standards. Activision announced that its first three days on the market were the best for any game in the series this console generation, and it has also become the top-selling new game release of 2019.
Activision also boasted that it has already brought in more than $600 million in worldwide sell-through and topped PS4 digital pre-orders and three-day digital sales records, which is a serious win for the company. It also beat the company’s internal digital sales records, as well as its records for biggest Call of Duty launch on PC. The company notes this is counting both retail and digital sales units, including sales of the charity Defender Pack. Sales of that DLC go to benefit the Call of Duty Endowment.
Modern Warfare is a reboot of the popular sub-series and features a campaign, unlike last year’s Black Ops 4. More notable are some other newly introduced features, including cross-play and the abandoning of the usual season pass required to get new DLC maps.
“Through the first three days, Modern Warfare has more total players and total hours played than any Call of Duty opening release in the last six years,” said Activision president Rob Kostich, in the announcement. “Congratulations to Infinity Ward and all our teams involved on an incredible game and its spectacular launch. We also want to thank the community for your incredible support. The launch of Modern Warfare is only the start. There’s much more to come.”
The reference to post-launch content alludes to a planned Battle Pass system that will be adding new cosmetic rewards on a regular schedule. The Battle Pass isn’t available yet but Activision says it will be live later in 2019. The first League season will kick off in 2020.
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