Despite strong sales – and maintaining a position in the charts, usually at the top – analysts say that Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare hasn’t been as successful as the game’s previous instalment, Black Ops III.
The fans warned them, but they went ahead and set their crazy FPS in the future anyway. But just to sweeten the deal, Activision threw in a remastered version of the granddaddy FPS Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. Many claim that this is the real reason why Infinite Warfare has been so popular.
But not popular enough to stop a drastic 50% fall in sales.
That’s what analysts are saying, based on November sales. Doug Creutz, a Cowen analyst, reportedly told his clients:
‘Infinite Warfare units came in 17 percent shy of our expectations, down close to 50 percent y/y [year on year].’
An anonymous city slicker on Wall Street more or less confirmed those figures, telling CNBC that November showed a 51% drop in sales for the latest COD. Black Ops III sales were around 24 million units (so at approximately 12 million units, Infinite Warfare‘s showing is still respectable, but they’re not the sort of COD numbers we’re used to seeing; even World at War sold close to 15 million).
As a result, Activision’s shares took a hit and are down 20% – which kinda serves them right, probably.