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Modern Warfare 3 sells 6.5 million in first 24 hours, sets Xbox Live records

Shocking absolutely no one, Activision has revealed their recently released Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 sold really, really well. It broke records and made Activision a lot of money, and a lot of people are playing it on the internet.

Oh, you wanted details? Well then why didn't you say so? CVG is reporting that Modern Warfare 3 sold 6.5 million copies in the first 24 hours in the US and UK, breaking all-time entertainment launch records even with Battlefield 3 presenting it with the biggest competition in the series' history. That adds up to over $400 million in sales, which is an absolutely absurd amount of money for anything to make. Seriously, pulling in that much money in one day is nothing short of mind-blowing, especially considering how many were under the impression that Call of Duty players were starting to suffer fatigue over the series' sameness. Apparently that isn't even remotely the case.

"We believe the launch of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is the biggest entertainment launch of all time in any medium, and we achieved this record with sales from only two territories," said Bobby Kotick, the well-paid CEO, Activision Blizzard, Inc. "Other than Call of Duty, there has never been another entertainment franchise that has set opening day records three years in a row. Life-to-date sales for the Call of Duty franchise exceed worldwide theatrical box office for "Star Wars" and "Lord of the Rings," two of the most successful entertainment franchises of all time," he said while drinking out of a chalice made of gold and sitting on a chair that was also made of gold.

Microsoft has chimed in as well, claiming that Modern Warfare 3 "set a new peak concurrency record," dethroning whatever had the spot before (we're guessing another Call of Duty game).

So, how long until we hear about the next game in the series from Treyarch? What era are we thinking, more Black Ops '60s? Or maybe jumping into the '80s? What would you like to see?

19 comments

  • RedOutlive10 - November 13, 2011 9:45 p.m.

    Meh not really a big surprise, is it? Activision could sell a cinder block for sixty bucks if they put "Modern Warfare" in it
  • xlyesterdaylx - November 12, 2011 12:57 p.m.

    BF3 5 million in a week. MW3 6.5 million in 24 hours. good god.
  • Arianno - November 11, 2011 11:02 p.m.

    Call of Duty: Future Warfare / Alien Warfare I love Halo, but wish for a game that could better "guesstimate" what a fight with real aliens would look like (Star Trek/Star Wars?). Phil Schneider of the Dulce War (79), reports of complete dematerialization from the Gray's guns; and U.S. black budget particle beam rifles reportedly make the victim look like a ripe tomato thrown against a wall. Psychotronic weapons control people's minds -- how about fighting in a hallucination, where the aliens appear like your mommy and siblings? Real alien weapons should be energetic and precise, a horrible slaughter, where our only advantage may lie in our numbers, much like the Russian scene from Stalingrad in the first Call of Duty (classic). According to the Disclosure Project, American military has identified about 65 different alien species, most of which look like us. The psychedelic aliens of Halo with their psychedelic ships and weapons, are a fun, fairytale fantasy (I'll happily throw myself over the next Halo game); but I'd also like an alien shooter that represents the best guesstimate, based on all the good, available witness material. (And that would be a horse of quite a different color.)
  • Arianno - November 11, 2011 11 p.m.

    Call of Duty: Future Warfare / Alien Warfare I love Halo, but wish for a game that could better "guesstimate" what a fight with real aliens would look like (Star Trek/Star Wars?). Phil Schneider of the Dulce War (79), reports of complete dematerialization from the Gray's guns; and U.S. black budget particle beam rifles reportedly make the victim look like a ripe tomato thrown against a wall. Psychotronic weapons control people's minds -- how about fighting in a hallucination, where the aliens appear like your mommy and siblings? Real alien weapons should be energetic and precise, a horrible slaughter, where our only advantage may lie in our numbers, much like the Russian scene from Stalingrad in the first Call of Duty (classic). According to the Disclosure Project, American military has identified about 65 different alien species, most of which look like us. The psychedelic aliens of Halo with their psychedelic ships and weapons, are a fun, fairytale fantasy (I'll happily throw myself over the next Halo game); but I'd also like an alien shooter that represents the best guesstimate, based on all the good, available witness material. (And that would be a horse of quite a different color.)
  • BALLSTOTHEWALLET - November 11, 2011 7:06 p.m.

    This is kinda scary, we might see CoD:27 yet
  • boondocks50 - November 11, 2011 6:43 p.m.

    this is saddening to a degree i cant express in words, or interpretive dance...
  • D0CCON - November 11, 2011 5:12 p.m.

    So the internet is a bunch of liars. BTW, when I said I was tired of COD, I meant it and am LOVING SKYRIM right now instead.
  • Pwnz0r3d - November 11, 2011 3:21 p.m.

    Meh, i saw it coming. I have a friend who works at gamestop; they broke fire codes, had 600 reservations, a dj, endless amounts of mountain dew and dominos pizza, in a gamestop much smaller than a mall sized version. I was curious, and managed to play a bit with my friend's version today. I'm going to be honest, and I'm not going to leap at the "zomg BF3 iz soooo much bettur," because i don't have it; the game feels like someone payed $60 to prestige in MW2. The graphics were the same (as COD4, not even MW2 to me), the guns were the same (i think they only added like 3 guns), the killstreaks were gimmicky, and the maps were CLAUSTROPHOBIC. Now i enjoyed the hell out of MW2, and lowered my standards immensely after Blops, but this was low. Nothing more than a cash grab to me. And no, i didn't play singleplayer, its the same thing as watching Transformers in all of the games. But whatever i suppose, it isn't my money. This game will die eventually.
  • Zepaw - November 11, 2011 2:25 p.m.

    Glad to see it. People love to hate on this game but it sells so well because it is fun. Not every game has to be as innovative as BioShock.
  • Elementium - November 11, 2011 1:48 p.m.

    How'd Battlefield 3 do? :D just kidding. Couldn't care less. It is a fun game. I'm not sure what people expect though.. shooters will always feel alike and will ALWAYS be full of tools. it's why I'm glad I have a mute button.
  • HeavyTank - November 11, 2011 1:30 p.m.

    I love how there's all this Meracritic hate for the game (1.7/10 user score, lol) and most players seem to agree that the game is nothing more than a glorified map pack and that Battlefield 3 is soooo much better, and yet everyone still rushes to buy it and helps it become the best-selling game of all time.Again
  • Rodon - November 11, 2011 1:38 p.m.

    Not everyone. Be careful with your words. There's...what? 356175991 people living in both countries. 6.5 million is small by comparison (although not small by itself). Plus, are you really sure the same EXACT (key word, exact, as in, same name, same body, same everything) people would take both actions?
  • BladedFalcon - November 11, 2011 1:56 p.m.

    The thing is, as far as sales go, this game alone has sold more in the first 24 hours than any other game in the year. Which DOES mean a good chunk of gamers have dished money over to it, far more than any other, arguably more deserving game.
  • HeavyTank - November 12, 2011 5:26 a.m.

    Considering that it's an all-time record, I'd say that yes, pretty much everyone interested in online FPS games bought it (or is going to buy it in the near future). And yes, the exact people that wrote the rage-filled reviews bought the game anyway, because that's how you write a review: you buy the game, play it, and then rage about it, but in the meantime you still gave money to the company you supposedly hate. Derp.
  • BladedFalcon - November 11, 2011 12:42 p.m.

    Blergh... At least the game seems to be good enough. Still, this is pretty annoying. Not saying it shouldn't sell, but I'd prefer it if it didn't break records, and started to slow down the Activision Behemot.
  • LIAMthescot - November 11, 2011 1:29 p.m.

    Just like Tonk hawk and guitar hero it will soon enough.
  • BladedFalcon - November 11, 2011 1:54 p.m.

    The problem is that it hasn't been soon enough. Sales should have diminished since Black Ops, NOT risen...
  • TURbo - November 11, 2011 4:11 p.m.

    The only time sales diminished for a Call of Duty title was COD World at War. It sold a few million less than COD 4. However since MW2, COD is a mega behemoth franchise. MW2 sold 22 million plus, and Black Ops sold over 25 million. MW3 is looking to outdo Black Ops. Call of Duty as a series is only 8 years old and is even stronger than ever. Tony Hawk 8 years in was on it's dying legs, and Guitar Hero died before it turned 8 years old.
  • D0CCON - November 12, 2011 12:42 p.m.

    Yeah, it looks like my prediction was wrong. Still, if people still love this game, more power to them. I'll be annoyed by the yearly marketing blitz for a game that doesn't need marketing, but I'm fine with playing something else instead (or maybe after a few years off, if the franchise is still going strong, I might return to it).

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