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Analysis: Latest  Call Of Duty  Lags Predecessor On PS3/360, Makes Up On Wii

Analysis: Latest Call Of Duty Lags Predecessor On PS3/360, Makes Up On Wii Exclusive

February 16, 2009 | By Matt Matthews

February 16, 2009 | By Matt Matthews
More: Console/PC, Exclusive

As part of Gamasutra's in-depth analysis of January's video game hardware and software sales, Gamasutra has been looking at Activision's flagship Call Of Duty first-person shooter series.

In particular, analyst Matt Matthews has been examining how less Xbox 360 owners are following the Call of Duty series while PS3 fans for the series are increasing, and why Activision will want to create more CoD ports for Wii after World at War.

As he notes, for two years running, Activision's Call of Duty series has enjoyed very strong sales. However, there are a few points one can make about sales of the previous iteration of the game, Infinity Ward's Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, and the latest version, Treyarch's Call of Duty: World at War.

Matthews notes in his exclusive Gamasutra analysis that we should consider the following figure, showing U.S. sales of each of these games on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 for the first three months after release:

As the figure above demonstrates, Call of Duty: World at War did not sell quite as well as its predecessor in the United States during this crucial sales period for those two key platforms - although it was relatively close.

Moreover, the results for the two platforms were mixed: sales for World at War were up on the PS3 compared to CoD4, while sales for World at War dropped on the Xbox 360 from the level set by CoD4.

Yet, Call of Duty: World at War on current generation consoles is still ahead of Call of Duty 4 during the analogous period, an impressive result for the Activision franchise.

The key here is the Wii version, which is known to have sold in excess of 366,000 units during December 2008 - there was no such Wii version of Call Of Duty 4.

The Wii version of World At War appeared at #19 on January's top 20 list, and these additional sales will no doubt encourage Activision to produce another Wii port for any future Call of Duty titles.

(There are also PC and Mac versions of CoD 4 and PC, DS, and PlayStation 2 versions or 'sister' games for World At War, but data is not immediately available for their post-launch U.S. sales.)

Gamasutra's January 2009 NPD analysis, the most-read in the industry, has much more detail on these and other points.

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