Call of Duty Modern Warfare 5.72 million.
Call of Duty World At War 4.57 million.
Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 9.30 million.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 10.62 million.
They are impressive numbers for any game with every new release (except World at War) increasing in sales, but believe it or not that's for PS3 versions only. The most recent release has shifted over 26 million units to date on all platforms and is now the biggest ever selling game in America. Is there any doubt that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 will the biggest game of 2011? We don't think so...
Of course the big question about this game remains the implosion of Infinity Ward with the firing/departure of Jason West and Vince Zampella to create Respawn Entertainment with their future game to be published by Electronic Arts. Despite 46 staff leaving with them Activision have beefed up development of this title with a rebuilt Infinity Ward studio, and the addition of Sledgehammer Games and Raven Software.
Of course as well as the single player campaign - and we can only hope that the developer keeps to their promising and creates something a bit longer then previous games which were finished in six or so hours - the game will have a large focus on the multiplayer.
Of course multiplayer will be well supported with a tonne of game modes, updated kill streaks, while the currency system has been dropped for this release. Some perks have been modified or dropped in the game to reduce players using perks over skill to win matches. Quick-Scoping has also returned after being dropped for Black Ops. In terms of game mode, expect the usual, however there are a couple of newcomers including "Kill Confirmed" where you must collect the dog tags of a killed player, and "Team Defender" where you must hold the opponents flag. Finally the game will also include a "Survival" co-op mode. There's a tonne more to discover when the game comes out of course, but we can't see any Call of Duty fans being disappointed.
So what does COD Elite actually get you? Accessing the service through the web or iOS or Android applications you will be able to track, share and compare stats with friends, create custom leaderboards between friends, analyze heat maps detailing match performances including where you killed or were killed, analyze weapons performance, upload and share videos, customize load outs from web devices, create clans with friends, connect with Facebook friends, and much more. Pricing has been announced for Australia at $69.95 per annum - certainly higher then we expected, or hoped, and only time will tell if that's good value.
Millions of gamers are certain to be eagerly awaiting Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and we're among them. While questions about the implosion of Infinity Ward, and how COD: Elite will impact the franchise, we're sure this is set to be another very solid release that may, yet again, break records. The only disappointment is that there won't be a Prestige Edition of this game - so no night vision goggles, no remote control cars. Still, roll on early November...