Like it or not, there’s no denying how big of a franchise Call of Duty is when it comes to overall units sold and how much the franchise has embedded itself into gamers’ lives. Case in point: Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War topped all games to be the best-selling game of December 2020, and is the best-selling game overall of 2020!
If that’s not impressive enough, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare managed to hit the #2 spot in overall sales for 2020 as well. Still not impressed? According to Mat Piscatella, Executive Director & Video Game Industry Advisor, The NPD Group, the Call of Duty franchise has been the best-selling gaming franchise in the US for a staggering 12 straight years!
Dec 2020 US NPD THREAD – December 2020 consumer spending across video game hardware, content and accessories reached a December record $7.7B, 25% higher when compared to a year ago. Full year spending also set a new record, totaling $56.9B, 27% higher than 2019. pic.twitter.com/JFTL7eOEat
— Mat Piscatella (@MatPiscatella) January 15, 2021
And given how much support Black Ops Cold War is getting for free currently, I don’t see this changing anytime soon, either. Will this year’s still-unannounced Call of Duty game be met with the same level of success as its predecessors? I wouldn’t bet against it.
Speaking of Black Ops Cold War, don’t forget to check out the newest update in yesterday’s Season 1 mid-season refresh! Not only that, but another mid-season refresh is headed out to gamers this February 4.