Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is expected to sell three million copies less than Call of Duty: Ghosts, according to Sterne Agee analyst Arvind Bhatia.
As Cinema Blend reports, the analyst projects that Sledgehammer Games’ debut Call of Duty project, due out this November 4, will sell 17 million copies in quarter four of 2014, which is down 15% from Infinity Ward’s Call of Duty title that sold 20 million in quarter four of last year.
With $1 billion sold into retailers at launch, Call of Duty: Ghosts still didn’t quite manage to top sales generated by Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 in prior years. Publisher Activision chalked up Ghosts’ dip in performance to stiffer competition and the awkward transition to next-gen consoles.
Fans of the franchise weren’t all too enthusiastic about the direction Ghosts took the series in either, while our review was especially critical.
Bhatia says that while continuing consumer indecision about upgrading to next-gen hardware may still factor into sales, Advanced Warfare does have the chance to out-perform its predecessor thanks to a lack of competition this year. With Battlefield Hardline moved to a Spring 2015 release, Advanced Warfare’s only possible concern is the Xbox One-exclusive Halo: The Master Chief Collection, launching one week later on November 11.
Our first impressions of Advanced Warfare were very positive, but it sounds like it’s going to take some solid reviews and good word-of-mouth to give Advanced Warfare the boost it needs this Fall.
What’s your outlook on Call of Duty this year? Are you more excited for Advanced Warfare than you were for Ghosts? Or, are you reserving judgement until after launch?