In previous years the newest Call of Duty title has normally sold more copies than its predecessor, Ghosts has not been able to do this. Unfortunately for Activision and Infinity Ward the sales figures for Ghosts are faltering, this has been attributed to the disruption of the next generation consoles release.
The Call of Duty launch this year has suffered an alarming 19% drop in sales according to Cowen & Company analyst Doug Creutz. This significant difference has been described as troubling and still may not reveal the full extent of Ghost’s slump. Despite being the top selling shooter title in November and having an extra week of sales compared to Black Ops 2, expectations have not been met.
The figures show that the transition players have required switching consoles has had an impact. For example the average Call of Duty player may have held off on buying Ghosts until they get a PS4 or Xbox One. In previous years it would have been a simple choice between which platform you bought the game on; now there are 5 big options to think about.
Christmas sales of Ghosts and the next gen consoles should be good, but Creutz believes the game could be looking at anything between a 20-25% drop when this is over. Whilst a proportion of the sales failings can be blamed on the next gen release, it may be reasonable to assume that a section of the gaming community has become bored of similar Call of Duty offerings each year.
Did you buy Call of Duty: Ghosts this year and if so on what platform? Has the introduction of the PS4 and Xbox One changed your plans for buying, or are you one of those people who has simply become tired of the game? We would be interested to hear from you so feel to let us know your opinion in the comments section.