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 Modern Warfare 2  Hits 25 Million Uniques

Modern Warfare 2 Hits 25 Million Uniques

March 9, 2010 | By Leigh Alexander

Activision's Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 has hit 25 million active multiplayer users, Infinity Ward's Robert Bowling revealed on his Twitter.

The title has racked up over $1 billion in retail sales and sold close to 12 million units, breaking entertainment records. It saw an unprecedented launch, pulling in $550 million in its first five days.

Bowling also said that new details on upcoming downloadable content for Modern Warfare 2 are set to emerge soon. His announcement marked the first comments from Bowling -- normally a vocal spokesperson -- since legal trouble erupted between Infinity Ward's co-founders and publisher Activision.

Modern Warfare 2 is now at the center of contention between Infinity Ward co-founders Jason West and Vince Zampella and Activision; the publisher fired the pair, alleging breach of contract and "insubordination", and the co-founders have counter-sued for wrongful termination.

Amid the brouhaha, Activision announced new plans for the Call of Duty franchise, creating its own business unit for it -- the next installment will be developed by the newly-founded Sledgehammer Games, while new downloadable content is still expected from Infinity Ward. The future of the Modern Warfare brand specifically, however, remains unclear.

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