Not impressed by Call of Duty Vanguard? If so, you’re not the only one, and it seems this has translated to sales, too. Activision has confirmed that COD Vanguard sales were lower compared to previous Call of Duty games released.
This was revealed by the publisher during today’s quarterly earnings report, where Activision also confirmed that due to the lower Vanguard sales figures, this translated to lower engagement to Call of Duty: Warzone in Q4.
Call of Duty net bookings on console and PC declined year-over-year in the fourth quarter, reflecting lower premium sales for Call of Duty: Vanguard versus the year ago title and lower engagement in Call of Duty: Warzone™. Fourth quarter in-game player investment on console and PC remained well above the level seen prior to the March 2020 launch of Warzone.
Given how every yearly Call of Duty is tied into Warzone, and how Vanguard underperformed commercially, it’s understandable how those who skipped Vanguard weren’t incentivized to play Warzone last year since they didn’t want to experience Vanguard in Warzone anyway.
We here at MP1st weren’t feeling Vanguard that much as well, as our review states, “Vanguard comes at an awkward time for Activision, and into a sea of competition. While the campaign is decent, it’s nothing to write home about, and the Zombies experience probably should have been delayed altogether.”
As for this year’s Call of Duty, Activision has confirmed that it’s once again Infinity Ward’s turn, and states that they have the “most ambitious plan in franchise history.“