Now you may wonder what on earth we are talking about, when we suggest that the upcoming Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is the equivalent of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2. We are not talking about the plots in anyway, but sales, as both have broken previous records. MW3 is all set to break all pre-order records for games, and should become the fastest selling game of all time.
This is also the same with the latest Harry Potter movie, as it has grossed $168.6 million in its first weekend, beating the previous holder of the record of $158.4 set by Batman: The Dark Knight. OK, so we know that talking about movies is off-topic, but is it really? Harry Potter is the best selling movie franchise ever, and although Call of Duty is still a long way off Mario, a few more titles like Black Ops and Modern Warfare 3 could change all that.
MCV has been talking to GAME UK and said that pre-orders are significantly higher than the previous CoD game Black Ops pre-orders. The game is all set to break the UK record, so we have no reason to believe that this will not be the case in the US. The fan base is huge for Call of Duty, and is getting larger all the time.
Modern Warfare 3 has its work cut out, as Black Ops made $360 million on its first day of release in the US. That was more than four times Avatar made on its first day; so we expect MW3 to do the same to the latest Harry Potter movie. We do not have a final figure of total Call of Duty franchise game sales, but as of November 2009 it was at 55 million.
However, we know that Modern Warfare 2 sold 20 million copies and over 20 million for Black Ops. If we are to suggest the Modern Warfare 3 will sell more, then we are looking at total franchise sales of more than 115 million. That is still a long way behind Mario, which has amassed sales of 262 million. However, that franchise has now seen over 200 games.
We can never see Call of Duty ever having that many versions, but does it really need it? As sales keep increasing for the popular FPS we could see that by 2017 CoD could become the biggest game franchise ever — that’s if the game will still be about by then?