The illustrious Call of Duty franchise continues to find success through timely annual releases and has now achieved an astonishing sales milestone.
During an earnings call for its first quarter ended March 31, 2019, Activision announced that the beloved first-person shooter has moved more than 300 million units worldwide since it debuted back in 2003. The figure includes the sales of the most recent Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 installment from last October.
While no breakdown was provided by either individual releases or platforms, it’s noteworthy that Call of Duty now belongs to an exclusive club. There are not many franchises that have passed 300 million units sold. There’s Pokemon that achieved the same status after the release of Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon back in 2017. There’s also Sonic the Hedgehog that reached 350 million units sold a few years ago. Grand Theft Auto is almost knocking on the doors since it passed 220 million units sold about two years back.
The Call of Duty franchise sales are spread between 15 main installments, not counting remastered releases and spin-offs. There’s also the esports side of things, as well as merchandising. Activision currently has three developers cycling between a new release every single year. They are Infinity Ward, Treyarch, and Sledgehammer Games; the first of whom is the one releasing the next installment later this year that is heavily rumored to be Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 4.
Activision did mention in the earnings call that the next entry will be revealed before the end of the fiscal year or June 30, 2019. By that account, the upcoming sequel will make its first appearance before E3 2019 and probably return with a gameplay breakdown at the prestigious annual convention. However, with Sony not attending this year, it remains to be seen if Activision will be hosting its own space or take stage during Microsoft’s press briefing.