Modern Warfare 3 sells 6.5 million units in first 24 hours

The cash cow that is the Call of Duty franchise continues for publisher Activision. The company announced today that the latest game in the first person shooter series, Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3, has sold over 6.5 million copies in just its first 24 hours of sale in the US and the UK. It also generated over $400 million in revenues for the publisher in its first day of release.

The massive number of sales for the game also extends to the number of players online in multiplayer matches. Activision said that after the game's first two days Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 also reached a a new peak concurrency player record for Microsoft's Xbox 360 game console.

The first person shooter formula for the Call of Duty series is one that, for now at least, a lot of gamers are embracing. There were some questions beforehand if Modern Warfare 3 would suffer from the departure of the co-founders and many of the team members for the franchise's main developer Infinity Ward back in 2010. But it seems that the team, along with Modern Warfare 3's co-developers Sledgehammer Games, have produced a game that not only players like but critics have enjoyed as well.

So what's next for the series? It's likely that Treyarch, the main team behind 2010's Call of Duty Black Ops, is currently working on the next installment that will almost certainly come out at this time in 2012. But, only time will tell if the series will continue to grow or if Modern Warfare 3 represents its peak.

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camperfield fanboys and EA must be so salty.... Yeah wait another year maybe medal of honor 2 will beat whatever COD treyarch release xDDDD

And somehow this its the sad part of how the industry its going to the path of self destruction... no innovation, fast cash in trends, low investment, recycle the same assets countless times, put more DRM and bshit oh and every game should and must be entitle to the same COD success to be "profitable"...

I'm glad I'm not the only one who can see the industry on a path to self destruction. While games like Gears of War 3 and MW3 might be great on their own, as a title in their respective series, they don't offer anything new or innovative. It's sad that CoD was a series that did innovate at one point. Even the Creative Director of Bulletstorm, one of the more innovative games I've played this year, has praised MW3. That, right there, is what's upsetting to me. No other dev's appear to even care or see the problem. If Nintendo can change up how Mario plays, yet still keep it a Mario game, why can't anyone else?

MW3 was wallhacked on all systems on the first day as well, why isn't this being reported? The game is way to popular and it's ruining the game industry it's about time it's laid to rest for a while.

I'm not saying that MW3 beats BF3 on quality. I am saying MW3 beats BF3 in sales. Activision and EA we're trading barbs over who would sell more. All that being said, I just picked up BF3 and quite like it.

You cannot judge the quality of Battlefield 3 by its sales. Bad company 1 & 2 did nothing for the Battlefield brand, ultimately making the games a second choice to Call of Duty for some if not most.

Battlefield 3 however is in my opinion, a return to form.

I can say with my own .02, that MW3 is pure garbage. I can go on a rant forever, but i think ill spare everyone. I have played every title in the COD series and this is by far the worst.

abadaba said,
I can say with my own .02, that MW3 is pure garbage. I can go on a rant forever, but i think ill spare everyone. I have played every title in the COD series and this is by far the worst.

It's not pure garbage. But it's definately not good enough to break records yet it did.

It's a game nobody will remember 20 years from now.

careless_monkey said,
What were Battlefield 3's numbers as compared to this?

Battlefield 3 only had 5 million sold in one week.

max22 said,

Battlefield 3 only had 5 million sold in one week.

If that number is accurate then I'd call that a win for Activision in the MW3 vs. BF3 fight.

Klethron said,

If that number is accurate then I'd call that a win for Activision in the MW3 vs. BF3 fight.

Every heard of Quality over Quantity? I always knew MW3 would outsell, doesn't mean it's better.

Xerax said,
Every heard of Quality over Quantity? I always knew MW3 would outsell, doesn't mean it's better.

But Windows users always say the fact it sells better is a proof of its quality.. ;-)

daPhoenix said,

But Windows users always say the fact it sells better is a proof of its quality.. ;-)

If this was The Transformers movie would be awesome But it's just a mildly entertaining blockbuster.

Klethron said,

If that number is accurate then I'd call that a win for Activision in the MW3 vs. BF3 fight.

Hardly.

BF 3 is still a better game and people will play it for a longer period of time.

LaP said,
BF 3 is still a better game

That's entirely subjective. There are plenty of people who completely dislike BF3 and much prefer MW. I personally prefer BF3.

daPhoenix said,

But Windows users always say the fact it sells better is a proof of its quality.. ;-)

Considering that BF3 is a complete rip off of Black Ops I do not see how BF3 is better. Yeah, the multiplayer is pretty awesome, but when you take the basic concept of the storyline of Black Ops you need a slap in the face.

Aerah.Eleganta said,
I find this rather sad.

Mmmmh either your privates get Tasered every time someone buys the game or the video game store that you own didn't get it so you could sell it.