‘Black Ops 2′ Makes $500 Million In A Day; New Game Modes In Development

Nov 16, 2012 by  

Black Ops 2 500 Million Worldwide Sales

It’s been five years since Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare changed the face of gaming, and the series’ success still hasn’t let up. Black Ops 2 was released to not only critical praise, but stronger sales than any of its predecessors.

Activision confirmed today that in its first twenty four hours, Black Ops 2 was able to rake in more than $500 million dollars in revenue. This smashes the record set by Modern Warfare 3, which was able to bring in 775 million in just five days. While series critics believe the games have began to stagnate, it’s clear that consumers are still enjoying the yearly releases.

Making the numbers even more jaw dropping, is that these are sell-through numbers. That $500 million represents numbers from income from copies sold at retail, not from Activision to stores. These numbers are only sure to grow this Sunday, when Black Ops 2 releases on the Wii U. At the current moment, Activision’s Bobby Kotick claims that “life-to-date sales for the Call of Duty franchise have exceeded worldwide theatrical box office receipts for “Harry Potter” and “Star Wars.”

However, there is still the matter of Black Ops‘ Vita counter part, Black Ops: Declassified. The Vita title – handled by Resistance: Burning Skies developer Nihilistic Software – was not mentioned in Activision’s press release. The game was long hyped by both Sony and the PlayStation community, and even came in a bundle with the Vita and a 4GB memory card. It’s obvious that the title wouldn’t perform as well as its console counterparts, however, it is interesting that Activision wouldn’t even mention it.

Black Ops 2 Best Selling Game

Activision’s not done with Black Ops 2; however, and has even more content planned to be coming down the line. Earlier this month they announced that Call of Duty: Elite would be free to all users, and a fifty dollar season pass would be made available for all upcoming downloadable content. There’s even the likelyhood that Black Ops 2 will receive new game modes, according to Treyarch’s David Vonderhaar.

“Absolutely. Although we haven’t released any details, or even decided which ones, nor could I give you a count or time, we have several games modes we play in development.”

Throughout the course of 2012, Infinity Ward’s Modern Warfare 3 was regularly updated with new game modes. The most prominent being Face Off, a free add-on that put a focus on smaller teams. The game also received numerous community modes, such as Drop Zone and the ever popular Infected mode.

It will be interesting to see how Black Ops 2 fairs in the coming months. While the game has obviously been met with tremendous success, there are still a few hurdles it needs to overcome. The PS3 version in particular is suffering from server issues, which make it difficult for players to even get in a game. Sales themselves could prove to be problematic, as while Modern Warfare 3 also had a strong launch, monthly sales weren’t as strong as its predecessor. Whether or not Black Ops 2 has better legs remains to be seen, but after Tuesday’s launch, it’s clear Activision isn’t done with the Call of Duty brand.

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  1. im loving the game right now. BLOPS and MW3 for me were not good and i wasnt enjoying MW3 in February and stop playing about entirely 4 months ago. this is the most fun in cod ive had since mw2 and thats my favorite game.

    This game feels more like a MW series than Black ops, probably cause its in the future and MW was more modern than the past like black ops 1 was. I wont make predictions on if its the best because im gonna wait a couple months but what i do know is that i am having so much fun, alot more than i did with BO1 and MW3.

    im on ps3 and apart from not even getting to play on night cause the servers were down my experience with online had been almost perfect. Im not ps3 aswell so thats saying something. I have my search preference on Best and since then its been perfect.

    • im on ps3… stupid mistakes XD

      • Have you had any of the freezing issues? I’m playing on PS3 as well but the game runs fine for me. Sometimes I get the “needs more players” bug; but aside from that (and Woods glitching out of a level) I’ve had no problems.

        • yeah. i have. thats really annoying. even today when i was playing about an hour ago it froze. its really annoying because when you turn the ps3 back on the message pops up and says it wasnt turned off right. i just hope it doesnt harm my ps3 and its storage. for me thats the biggest gripe and it needs fixing immediately.

        • I’ve been playing BO2 on my PS3 as well, but it hasn’t froze yet. However, the “needs more players to balane the match” bug has been quite frequent. Also, I’ve had lots of stuttering issues. And in the campaign, the cutscenes often get messed up. Oftentimes, the video will stutter while the audio keeps going, so then the video plays in fast forward until it stutters again. This repeats until the end of the cutscene. Also, in-game speech is often delayed. BO2 is definitely buggier than BO.

        • the only time it seems to freeze on me is when, if im loking at the playercards of the people in my lobby and the game starts, then it freezes completely

        • Oh my lord have I had freezing issues. Its everyday, at least twice a day. It is beyond frustrating.

          • Wow, it sounds like I’m really lucky to not have any freezing issues.

  2. So glad this has come out. Havnt heard a single kid talking on halo multiplayer since! Hoozah!

    • hahaha XD… lucky for some though i hardly have any kids talk on ps3.

  3. I’ve been enjoying this one more than any other Call of Duty, at least on multiplayer. I like Blops zombies better than Blops2, the maps were bigger. Survival mode is too small.

    I only played the campaign once, 1st mission.

  4. i have to say i enjoy blackops2 very much. i have had freezing issue to but other than that my favorite game right now!

  5. simply disgusting… the worst part is that mw4 will probably sell even more then this ugly piece of s***.

  6. Hey, more negativity from jwalka …you don’t say!

    • I agree with jwalka, COD is a failure. Regardless of how much money they make, it doesnt make the game good, it only makes it popular. Ive played it for 5 minutes on my friends ps3 and was already disgusted at the gameplay and annoyed by all the 8 – 14 year olds talking. I had to mute like 7 people within that 5 minutes.

      • Who said more money makes it good? And who is to say what’s good?

        And about the kids, that’s funny, because I haven’t come across any.

    • it’s called common sense you sheep.

      • Of course he’s a sheep for liking something you don’t. To be honest on comment sections I think it’s more popular and trendy to bash COD, so I recon you Sir are the sheep. Growing up. If you don’t like it don’t play it and stop bashing those that enjoy it.

      • Black Ops 2 is people!!!

  7. Three shooters that are and will be a better purchase then Black Ops 2…Borderlands 2, Halo 4, and Bioshock Infinite. Not to mention 50 bucks for the season pass for BO2 is outrageous. You can get the season pass for borderlands and get hours of extra in game play. Halo 4 even gives you 9 extra maps for 25 if you want the map pass. I just don’t understand why people are still buying every call of duty that comes out. It’s like moths to a flame.

    • This moth doesn’t have time to beat Bioshock or Borderlands (both of which I own) because I’m busy trying to get through school. If I’m a moth for wanting a game that doesn’t require hours upon hours of dedication to trudge through then so be it, I’m a moth.

      • I’m in school too and I find more than enough time to beat a game with hours upon hours of gameplay. And yes I also have a job. If you simply like playing the game then just say so, don’t make up some poor excuse.

        @WatchMeRage, two out of the three games you mentioned are RPGs lol

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