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GameStop's  CoD: Black Ops  Pre-orders Tracking Ahead Of  Modern Warfare 2
GameStop's CoD: Black Ops Pre-orders Tracking Ahead Of Modern Warfare 2
October 8, 2010 | By Eric Caoili

October 8, 2010 | By Eric Caoili
More: Console/PC

Video game retailer GameStop reports that its pre-orders for Activision and Treyarch's upcoming Call of Duty: Black Ops are outpacing its record CoD: Modern Warfare 2 reservations in 2009.

"GameStop is tracking to all-time, record reservations on Call of Duty: Black Ops," says GameStop's Merchandising SVP Bob McKenzie, who didn't disclose the number of preorders. "We are ahead of where we were with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 last year, which previously set the industry standard".

As of last June, Modern Warfare 2, which was developed by Infinity Ward, had sold more than 20 million copies around the world -- it's currently the best-selling title in the UK and the second best-selling game in the U.S., right behind Nintendo's evergreen Wii Play with its Wii Remote pack-in.

Black Ops won't release to stores until November 9th, but the reboot for its rival first-person shooter series, Electronic Arts' Medal of Honor, ships next week. Medal of Honor has set a pre-order record for the franchise, too, though Electronic Arts hasn't revealed specific figures for that title either.

GameStop also announced a "Surprize Attack" sweepstakes and promotional campaign for pre-order customers. Gamers who reserve the Xbox 360/PS3/PC title can enter their receipt code on a special site, and they will be eligible to win over one million Black Ops-inspired prizes through November 9th.

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Eric Geer
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MOH looks classier than COD...And the way its looking...I bet the stories it will tell are probably going to educational(in a sense) and an eye opener.

Ran Gat
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I will say it carefully but I believe this game will out sell or sell close to MW2. I think the new multi-player wager mode is going to be so addictive. if the campaign turns out to be quite decent this game will rock the charts more than expected

Maurício Gomes
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Why? Why??? Whyyy???

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Same question. Don't know why MW2 sold like crazy. It was garbage, and even Jason West said that they didn't want to make it.

DanielThomas MacInnes
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Strong pre-orders are a reflection on the previous title. In this case, Modern Warfare 2, which was a monstrous success, and is now quickly followed up with the sequel. I'd expect Black Ops to perform very well, not quite to the level of MW2's 20 million, but that's perfectly normal. Think of Dark Side of the Moon -- Wish You Were Here.

The moral lesson is to strike while the iron is still hot. When the public is demanding something, you must move quickly before they lose patience and walk away. Note to Nintendo: This is why you can't get by with only 6 Wii games per year. Super Mario Bros 5 sold spectacularly well, as well as MW2. Where the hell is the next one?

Jonathan Gilmore
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Agreed-Look at Spider Man 3. The real test is what the next Call of Duty game sells at, which will probably reflect what people thought of Black Ops.

Caleb Evans
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This is true, but the CoD franchise is turning into the MoH or Tony Hawk franchises. Churning out a new title every year will eventually cause players to lack interest for the new title because it seems as if they just bought the last one. Not to mention the games become far less attractive and enjoyable. As stated, this unfortunate phenomenon is extremely evident in the decline of the MoH and Tony Hawk franchises. Both of which held high seats on the charts.

steve roger
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Except please no more Sonic.

gus one
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People need to remember when MW2 was released ti install base was 44m. Now its froecast to be 75m+ by XMAS. Black Ops will sell more that MW2 period.