The latest Call of Duty
may have had a $500 million day one
, but according to at least one analyst, its sales may represent a continuing decline for the series.
Arvind Bhatia of Sterne Agee estimates that Call of Duty: Black Ops II
's sales may end up 10 to 15 percent lower than last year's Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
, saying that the group's checks at retailers during its opening weeks saw sales down as much as 20 percent.
If Bhatia's correct, that would make this game the second in a row to show decline: Modern Warfare 3
sold an estimated 5 percent fewer copies than 2010's Black Ops
Bhatia notes that slightly lower critical ratings, launching only a week after Halo 4
, and launching too soon to Thanksgiving (consumers may have waited for a holiday discount), may have contributed to initially sluggish sales.