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CoD Black ops 4 Launch Sales Are The Worst We’ve Seen In Ten Years

Black Ops 4 launch sales

Black Ops 4 launch sales feel the pinch

Following the announcement last week that Assassin’s Creed Odyssey sales were down in comparison to Origins last week, it seems Black ops 4 launch sales are following that same trend. Every year the charts are looked at with a watchful eye to see where each year’s CoD title places. Activision also has its own press meetup to discuss its own version of events on the latest figures.

Chart-Track takes into account physical copy sales of games but not digital downloads, this metric has been in place for a number of years to determine placement for games in the UK charts.

Back in 2011 with the launch of Modern |Warfare 3, the game’s sales hit an all-time high with the exception of WW2. Unfortunately aside from these two titles, there’s been a fairly significant downfall in the Black Ops 4 launch sales figures.

How low can they go?

Well taking this year’s sales figures into account, Call Of Duty: Black Ops 4 physical sales are down a spanking 50 percent on last year’s release of CoD WW2. When comparing the Black ops 3 however sales are down an even bigger 59 percent in comparison.

If we were to put into perspective how much of a slump the figures have been, Call Of Duty Black ops 4 sales are a mere 10 percent of the total sales that came in for Modern Warfare 3 seven years ago. The exact figures however are not available to the general public.

Activision has touted how well Black ops 4 is doing this year, likely because digital downloads are making up some of the figures which is making some difference towards the overall sales picture.

This week’s chart has Black Ops 4 at the top, followed by FIFA 19 and last week’s big new release Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. WWE 2K19 is new in fourth place, while Switch-exclusive The World Ends With You: Final Remix landed in 21st.

The current chart stands as follows:

  1. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
  2. FIFA 19
  3. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
  4. WWE 2K19
  5. Forza Horizon 4
  6. Spider-Man
  7. Super Mario Party
  8. Crash N-Sane Trilogy
  9. Shadow of the Tomb Raider
  10. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

It’s not all bad news…

This year’s Call Of Duty release has come out as Activision’s largest ever release for digital downloads. it has emerged that it’s bigger than any Call of duty title to date. When comparing Call Of Duty’s three formats it shows digital download sales have grown each year taking WW2 into account.

Blizzard’s Battle.net ensured a PC launch which is the first we’ve seen, it also appears that digital download sales have doubled in comparison to the previous year. Looking at WW2 figures shows more players took Black ops 4 online on day one compared to last year’s release. this will almost certainly be due to the launch of the new Blackout mode with less focus on a campaign.

It’s interesting as to whether the increase in digital downloads made up the 50 percent loss in physical Black Ops 4 launch sales, although Activison didn’t say this was the case.

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