Earlier this week Activision had made an announcement that there was $1 billion in Call of Duty: Ghosts sent to retailers, hoping to reclaim the title of largest video game launch, however, stats for Ghosts are coming in and it may have just been hype.

Activision has admittedly said, “Call of Duty: Ghosts” has sold less copies at launch than Black Ops II.”

The reasoning they are given is based on the transition between consoles. The numbers we are seeing now are based of sales for current gen consoles, and a lot of gamers are waiting for next gen to release to purchase the game. CFO Dennis Durkin said,  “As we have said for more than a year now, console transition years are volatile and hard to predict, and this year is proving no different.”

“Today, we announced that we had shipped into retail more than $1bn of Call of Duty: Ghosts globally on day one based on an average wholesale price. As expected, due to the console transition and digital distribution, this number is down versus last year.

“This year, the sell-through curve will be different than in past years due to the multiple launches of new hardware later in the month and more days between our launch and the high-volume Black Friday at the end of the month. 

“That said, it’s a very solid achievement and shows the tremendous confidence our retail partners have and the strength of the game and franchise heading into this holiday.”

While we are seeing low sales figures for Ghosts they are not the only one suffering from the console transition, both Battlefield 4 and Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag had low launch sales compared to prior years.

With the current gen copy of Ghosts already released, it will be surprising to see a large influx in sales once the new consoles are out. Reviews and impressions of the game have not been great and many feel the Call of Duty franchise is starting to see the end of it’s road. These negative comments and reactions to the game will severely impact whether or not those who are waiting to get the game will actually go through with their purchase. We can expect to see a rise in sales figures once the new consoles release, but as for Ghosts it seems as though the fight for the top title in video game launch may just belong to Rockstar.

 

Source: Xbox360Achievements

 

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