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Black Ops II Outsells Black Ops, But Not Modern Warfare 3

Call of Duty: Black Ops II is yet another blockbuster for Activision, as if that comes as any gigantic surprise.

But although the title managed to outsell its predecessor in the first week of availability, it apparently didn't top last year's Modern Warfare 3.

According to VGChartz, Black Ops II moved 11.22 million units in the first week; the 360 version sold 6.21 million, a 55% market share. The PS3 version sold 4.61 million and the PC version sold a little over 400k. This means that BOII outsold the original by 5% (or about 550,000 copies), but the first-week record remains with MW3, which sold 13.45 million in the initial seven-day period. These stats are just freakin' astronomical.

Of course, the numbers aren't official until we see them from the NPD or Activision but they're probably pretty accurate. Are you one of the many millions to have already played Black Ops II?

Related Game(s): Call of Duty: Black Ops II

Tags: call of duty black ops ii, black ops 2, black ops ii sales, black ops, modern warfare 3

11/24/2012 11:04:30 AM Ben Dutka

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Comments (15 posts)

Temjin001
Saturday, November 24, 2012 @ 12:07:35 PM
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Maybe neither MS or Sony have plans to release a new console next year. Instead, Activision and EA will joint launch their own Military Combat Box. Where nothing but military shooters and online premiums exist exclusively for it.
No really, wouldn't that be great?
Just clump all of THEM onto one island.

=)

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DazeOfWar
Saturday, November 24, 2012 @ 12:19:07 PM
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I bought it day one and have loved it. It's so much better than MW3 and improves on the great stuff Blops did. I haven't beat the SP yet but have enjoyed it so far and the MP is so much better. With better maps and the whole Pick 10 system just majes it feel like a fresh new game.

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bigrailer19
Saturday, November 24, 2012 @ 3:40:53 PM

I have a few complaints about the maps in Black Ops 2 but otherwise you're right. The game is a step up.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, November 24, 2012 @ 12:35:55 PM
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Wow PC sales are worthless.

Maybe we are finally seeing some brand saturation.

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Temjin001
Saturday, November 24, 2012 @ 12:53:19 PM

While I have no doubt the PC numbers aren't close to consoles for CoD, Im sure a quite a bit larger share of PC software is digitally distributed. I don't think I know a single PC gamer, and I do know more than a handful, who doesnt buy all of their software PC side via clients like Steam and or Origin.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, November 24, 2012 @ 1:40:33 PM

Why don't they count those?

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Temjin001
Saturday, November 24, 2012 @ 2:06:36 PM

Meh, don't know. I'm guessing because digital distributors don't often report their numbers. Apparently VGchartz gets their numbers from reading headlines.

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___________
Sunday, November 25, 2012 @ 2:50:55 AM

because theres no way to tally online sales, steam keeps sales very close to their chest and 99% of PC games come from there.
COD never sells well on PC though simply because there always sh*t ports!
i remember getting both MW2, BO and MW3 on launch day and neither were playable.
so many bugs the console versions did not have, and about as well optimized as freaking crysis!
i remember MW3 launch day wouldent run above 10FPS, even lowering all the settings made little to no difference.
in fact nvidia took such a hit from customer complaints and service requests they had to take their customer support page offline for the week!

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xenris
Saturday, November 24, 2012 @ 2:22:20 PM
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Hopefully this is the start of the fall of this franchise, so that they are maybe forced into making something fresh and exciting.

Most likely these numbers are wrong and it did beat MW3.

One reason I think this is because a lot more people are going to have gotten this game on PC because Treyarch makes dedicated servers for the PC crowd. I have seen this close to the top on the steam best sellers list, even now its like top 5 and steam is having a crazy thanksgiving sale.

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bigrailer19
Saturday, November 24, 2012 @ 3:45:55 PM

I think you're right. For some reason I don't think digital sales from steam get counted which is why the pc numbers look so low.

But either way, first week sales might be down from MW3 but I bet over the 2 month release window until after Christmas, it'll be higher. This isn't the start of a decline, consumer patterns change, and I'm sure there's still some that are just waiting for Christmas.

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xenris
Saturday, November 24, 2012 @ 8:17:51 PM

Could be correct on sales going up. I doubt that VGchartz has any info on how many steam copies CoD sold.

I do know that people had REALLY high expectations for MW3 though because of infinity ward making it. I still think people might be burnt out from CoD but who knows.

I know that for some reason a lot of people hate the treyarch CoDs but I like them a whole lot more, save for MW1.

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xenris
Sunday, November 25, 2012 @ 10:35:44 AM

Lol at the thumbs down patrol ;)

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___________
Sunday, November 25, 2012 @ 2:53:49 AM
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not really surprising, treyarchs games never sell better than IWs.
the switch to the modern era did not help it either.
it did not go far enough with the modern tech, i mean besides cool scopes and those bots there really was not much future tech to use.
the convoluted story did not help either.
they tried to be IW, and thats whats hurt the sales.
people have liked treyarchs games because they were so different from IW, but sadly the start of the year apparently a bill passed saying its illegal for games to be different so they had to change it.
sigh.

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xenris
Sunday, November 25, 2012 @ 10:35:18 AM

Only black ops1 sold more than MW2....so your wrong.

I agree in the sense that Blops2 is a step down from Blops1 in every way. Zombies, multiplayer, and the story are all worse in blops2.

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Axe99
Sunday, November 25, 2012 @ 6:02:07 PM
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VGChartz initial estimates are pretty rubbery - and I'm pretty sure based almost entirely on retail. Given that BO2 could be purchased on the PSN (and I'm guessing on Games on Demand on XBL as well, although that's a guess), and that the take-up of digital sales on console is increasing, comparing the two numbers isn't quite apples and oranges. VGChartz numbers improve a lot over time, once they can benchmark 'em to NPD, GfK, mediacreate and other hard data, but until that time, they should be taken with huge lumps of salt.

To give some context - the jobs numbers you get over there from your BLS (Bureau of Labor Stats) also have some degree of error, and get revised each month, sometimes by tens of thousands, but they are far, _far_ more accurate than VGChartz' initial estimates.

Edit: There's no shame in this - VGChartz doesn't have the resources and I'd wager anywhere near the statistical expertise of the BLS, and nor should it be expected to.

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