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Are Call of Duty Sales Beginning to Weaken? MW3 Down in January

by William Schwartz


Activision’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 got off to another great start for the franchise in November of last year.  Rocketing out of the gate to become the best selling game of 2011, sales of the first person shooter were undoubtedly spurred on by a heavy marketing campaign.  But are sales beginning to die down for the franchise?  Looking at year over year data between Modern Warfare 3 and 2010’s Call of Duty: Black Ops, it appears that Modern Warfare 3 is actually lagging behind its predecessor.

According to the most recently released data from NPD, Modern Warfare 3 sold 386,000 copies of the game in the month of January.  This is down considerably from Call of Duty: Black Ops’ sales in January of last year, where Activision sold 750,000 copies of the game.  It’s hard to tell whether this trend will continue for Modern Warfare 3, because January was a down month in general for games.

Is shooter fatigue finally setting in on Call of Duty fans?  Or is it just Call of Duty fatigue in general?  It’ll be interesting to see if these numbers continue to decline over the next few months to get a clearer picture of the situation.

Has shooter fatigue set in for you?  Just tired of COD?  Or loving every minute of it?  Let us know in the comments below.

- This article was updated on:March 7th, 2018

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