According to market research firm NDP, Call of Duty: Black Ops is the best-selling video game in history. The 7th iteration of the massively popular Call of Duty series sold more than 13.7 million units in the US alone, edging out the previous best seller Wii Play.
The game already made headlines back in November when it generated revenues of £223 million in its first 24 hours on sale. After six weeks the game’s revenue busted at the seams with sales figures of over $1 billion.
Black Ops has broken the record for one day sales, set last year by Modern Warfare. The game sold 5.6 million units when it went on sale on Tuesday, trouncing the previous 4.7 million record held by Modern Warfare. Activision are calling it the ‘biggest entertainment launch ever’:
“Not too many years back it would have been unfathomable that the biggest entertainment launch would be a video game two years in a row,” said Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision Publishing.
“You are delivering not just a gaming experience but a cinematic experience as well,” Hirshberg said. “The characters are emerging as the protagonists of the story.”
The game has also outsold Modern Warfare in the U.K. by 14 percent.
Meanwhile, a mission in the game where you try to kill a young Fidel Castro has been blasted by the Cuban government, who say the game glorifies assassination and will turn U.S. children into sociopaths:
The island’s state-run media also took a dig at the CIA’s real-life efforts to do in the island’s revolutionary leader, who has survived dozens, perhaps hundreds of attempts on his life. “What the United States couldn’t accomplish in more than 50 years, they are now trying to do virtually,” said an article posted on Cubadebate, a state-run news website.
Treyarch‘s Call of Duty: Black Ops is not due for release until November but a new teaser trailer has been released on the Call of Duty Youtube page. The short clip (1:25) gives a hint at some of the new weapons we can look forward to in the game: including a small radio controlled car/bomb and crossbow. But my personal favourite, a knife that shoots out the blade when you press a certain key. Man that would come in handy during rush hour when the road rage sets in.