Modern Warfare 3 sells 50% less compared to Black Ops in January

Looks like this could be the weakspot people were expecting to spot in the juggernaut CoD franchise. But it still doesn’t change the fact that it is the best selling video game of 2011, considering the sales were extremely frontloaded.

Activision announced that they made $775 million from Modern Warfare 3 sales in the first 5 days from its launch in November, and while that is higher than the one recorded by Black Ops, it’s the month of January 2012 that exposed its weakness, if the figures released by NPD are to be believed.

Yes, it sold 50% less than Black Ops did in January 2011. It recorded 386,000 sales compared to 750,000 units shifted by Black Ops in the month.

While analysts expected Modern Warfare 3 to smoke Black Ops life-time sales after the explosive launch, it seems that it may end up selling less after all. Black Ops sold 23 million across all platforms according to Activision, but passing 20 million in sales is no mean feat either.

It’s no secret that Modern Warfare 3 has been hit with heavy competition from EA’s Battlefield 3, which sold 10 million units according to the latest figures from EA. The MW3 domination in November 2011 still makes it damn impressive, though.

Thanks for sending this in, Ryan!


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  • http://Website renkel76

    That’s because Black Ops was a better game! Yeah!

  • http://Website m

    Where did this 386k come from?

    • Kartik Mudgal

      NPD.

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  • charles2029

    Not surprising, assuming everyone already bought it back in 2011.

  • Sadry

    I attended one in Toronto put on by PlayStation and GameStop. It was a few bcokls from my place, and they had one of those PlayStation tractor trailers with PS3s running the game. It started at 9PM EST, so I got some good time with the Zombies and Campaign. The systems weren’t linked up, but it would have been sweet to try the multiplayer on LAN since they had like 12 stations. And there was a huge-ass TV running it in 3D. There was a huge wait to try it in 3D so I skipped it, but most people were pretty impressed. They also had some of the RC-XDs from the Prestige Edition there, and they were doing races for prizes. I sadly, was not picked to compete. It would have been sweet to get the game at 10 instead of midnight, though the guys that won, still hung around. Weird, I would have been home long before 12! I could cancel my pre-order another day.There were a couple people dressed up, but not many. Bestbuy did a better job promoting their Xbox party in Toronto, so I imagine most costumes went there.Oh, and as a side note, I don’t recommend going to a midnight release at EB Games / GameStop they run it like it’s a regular business day. People ahead of me were there trading in other games and stuff. Mine was already paid for in full, I just had to pick it up, was about 25 in line, and it was almost 1 o’clock before I got mine. I’ll remember that for next time.

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