New video game generates $US500m sales in 24 hours

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2

Activision says the latest release in its Call of Duty franchise, Black Ops2,  became the biggest entertainment launch of the year for the fourth year in a row, generating more than $US500 million in worldwide retail sales in the first 24 hours..

The game company's last release in the series, 2011's "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3," which made $US400 million in its first 24 hours and topped $US1 billion - putting it well ahead of most Hollywood blockbusters (although the top grossing movie of the year, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, edged it at $US1.32 billion).

Call of Duty:BlackOps II costs from $US99 through popular commercial download service Steam (which serves New Zealand, among many other countries). A deluxe edition costs $US110.

The title has had mixed reviews. Obsessive gamer and globally-rated Call of Duty player Kim Dotcom tweeted that he hated it and expected Activision's share price to drop (today, the company's shares [NAS:ATVI] were up 4.65% on the sales news, pushing the US company's market cap above $US12 billion).

Forbes agreed with Dotcom, calling the single-player version of the game boring and its movie-style narrative sequences endless, often leaving room for little actual gameplay.

The scenary is beautifully rendered, but there's lots of gameplay revolving around the over-familiar scenario of being stuck in a corridor shooting at stuff.


Got a question about this story? Leave it in Comments & Questions below.

This article is tagged with the following keywords. Find out more about MyNBR Tags

Comments & Questions

Commenter icon key: Subscriber Verified

Post New comment or question

Plain text

  • No HTML tags allowed.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.

NZ Market Snapshot

Forex

Sym Price Change
USD 0.7027 -0.0018 -0.26%
AUD 0.9388 -0.0008 -0.09%
EUR 0.6251 -0.0021 -0.33%
GBP 0.5412 -0.0017 -0.31%
HKD 5.4749 -0.0114 -0.21%
JPY 78.5820 0.0040 0.01%

Commods

Commodity Price Change Time
Gold Index 1253.1 7.190 2017-05-24T00:
Oil Brent 54.2 -0.210 2017-05-24T00:
Oil Nymex 51.4 -0.130 2017-05-24T00:
Silver Index 17.1 -0.020 2017-05-24T00:

Indices

Symbol Open High Last %
NZX 50 7430.0 7436.4 7421.8 0.17%
NASDAQ 6154.2 6166.1 6138.7 0.40%
DAX 12693.8 12697.7 12642.9 0.15%
DJI 20949.2 21022.8 20937.9 0.36%
FTSE 7514.9 7529.7 7514.9 0.15%
HKSE 25511.5 25680.7 25428.5 0.80%
NI225 19737.2 19850.9 19743.0 0.36%
ASX 5769.0 5790.5 5769.0 0.36%