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.
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.