Hard core gamers are calling in sick today; tens of thousands of them were up late last night playing “Call of Duty: Black Ops II,” the new first-person shooter game from Activision Blizzard. This morning the video game company announced that the game “shattered pre-order records set by last year’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3,” saying it’s “on its way to a historic launch.”
That means we can expect even bigger numbers than last year’s game, which sold over $400 million worth of copies in its first day. We’ll see if it maintains that momentum and can hit $1 billion faster than Modern Warfare 3, which hit that milestone 16 days after launch. Analysts expect ‘Black Ops II’ to dominate holiday sales, as the franchise has since 2008; last holiday season it comprised 14 percent of game sales.
Microsoft’s “Halo 4” sold $220 million worth of games in the first 24 hours. At $60 a pop, that’s 3.7 million copies in just one day. That beats the record “Halo 3” set in 2007 of $170 million in first-day sales.
Microsoft said the first week of sales are on track to top $300 million, which is exactly what “Halo 3” did five years ago. With those one-week sales numbers still coming in, Microsoft said that the latest game is on track to surpass its predecessors one-week global sales, but it’s not able to say by exactly how much.
However, “Halo 4” is about to face a formidable rival: On Tuesday, Activision Blizzard launches a massive rival game—”Call of Duty: Black Ops II.”
There’s no better place to get a look at what’s coming down the road than E3 – but too often, the games that get the bulk of the spotlight won’t be out until the following year (or two, or sometimes three).
Selecting a “best of show” game is a fool’s mission, given the number of titles on display and the limited time to see them all. But it is possible to get a better sense of which games will connect with players.
We’ve compiled a list of the games you can expect to be in demand come the holiday season.
Judging by the lines at Nintendo’s E3 booth, Nintendo’s Wii U is a hit, but the system could have been a lot different if Nintendo had listened to its inner demons. Global President Satoru Iwata says the idea of a two-screen, video game system was something the company went back and forth on—and didn’t finalize until nearly a year and a half into the development process.
Work on the Wii U began in 2008—one year after the Wii hit retail shelves and began to take over the videogame industry. But there was much internal debate before the schematics were finalized.
Electronic Arts is trying to adapt to the new digital landscape.
EA is going to where the consumers are, launching Madden Social, which works across Facebook and smartphones. Start the game on Facebook and finish it on your iPhone — it’s cross platform. And the game is free. COO Peter Moore also re-cast EA Sports Football Club as “football’s social network.” The idea is that FIFA is already a social network for fans of the sport, now EA will enable fans to connect to their FIFA experiences on any device, at any time, and to connect to each other. The goal is to get fans to play more and longer.
As Nintendo prepares to launch the Wii U later this year and Microsoft and Sony gear up for expected 2013 launches for their next generation consoles, there’s a sense of excitement building in the videogame industry — but there’s also a sense of fear.
The market has changed considerably since the launch of the Wii, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 — and while new console launches used to be a surefire way to reinvigorate both core and casual gamers, nobody’s certain if that will happen this time.
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There aren’t a lot of sure bets in the video game industry, but for the past few years the “Call of Duty” franchise was a pretty safe place to put your money. The past three installments of the game have set consecutive entertainment-industry sales records at their launch. And even after the holiday season ended, they’ve led the sales pack for at least the first few months of the following year — but not this year.
Electronic Arts’ “Mass Effect 3” is, at present, the year’s best-selling game.
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When Activision Blizzard’s long-awaited Diablo III went on sale at midnight, it had already broken records. Blizzard reports that the fantasy demon-killing game is its best pre-seller ever, and Amazon says it’s the most pre-ordered PC game yet. But the game’s launch didn’t entirely go smoothly — this morning many gamers couldn’t log in, getting an “Error 37” message. This was so prevalent that the message about the software bug trended on Twitter.