Call Of Duty Is Still A Money Machine

Call Of Duty: Black Ops III launched last week and the latest sales report shows that the franchise is still as big as ever!

After only three days on sale, the latest Call Of Duty title had generated over $550million in sales. According to Activision, this makes Black Ops III the “biggest entertainment launch of the year.” This number is on games sold, but its not clear if games in PS4 bundles are included in the total. To put this in perspective Halo 5:Guardians made $400 million in its first week and that was the biggest Halo launch ever! There is no doubt that Call Of Duty continue to be a huge success for Activision and, to be honest, the number doesn’t surprise me that much…we know a Call Of Duty game can sell in excess of 20 million copies.

Talking of game phenomenons, Minecraft could be coming to another platform. Based on a listing on European ratings board PEGI, Minecraft will soon be making an appear on Nintendo‘s Wii U. The listing appears to indicate a 2015 release so, if true, we will likely get confirmation from Nintendo pretty soon. Minecraft is a huge deal, but I don’t think it is going to affect the sales of Wii U too much. You have to think that the majority of people will already have a device to play Minecraft… after all it is on pretty much every other platform!

November 12th is the official launch date of the new Xbox One experience. In an interview with GamespotMicrosoft‘s Mike Nichols share just how big a deal the new Windows 10 integration is to the console:

“It’s arguably the most significant release we’ve ever made to a console–and that anybody’s ever made to a console.”

To be honest, I don’t think he is far wrong. When I think back to how the interface was prior to the update, it is so much smoother and more user-friendly. Nichols even went as far as to say that the improvements to navigation are as much a 10 times improved. Let us also not forget the introduction of the much-anticipated backward compatibility feature. I haven’t yet had a chance to play a 360 game on my Xbox One, but the Gears of War titles are downloading as I type this.

As previously announced, Disney Infinity 3.0 has now arrived on the Apple TV and is promising us a “console quality” experience. Users can expect the graphics to be somewhere between the Xbox 360 and PS4 versions. I said this at the time of the announcement but this is a really smart move by Apple (and Disney). The Apple TV can be considered a much cheaper alternative for parents who have kids looking to play with the latest interactive Star Wars toys.

So we know that Nintendo is planning to release some mobile games in conjunction with the mobile gaming giant DeNA. However DeNA has confirmed in an earnings report that the first few games to come from Nintendo will all be “free-to-play.” I can’t say that this approach surprises me too much, it seems to be the best (most profitable) model for the mobile gaming platform. We know that the first game will be called Miitomo, and it is coming in early 2016. No much more information is available about the game at this time but, as the name suggests, your Nintendo Mii will be highly integrated into the experience. I understand the business rationale for this move, but I couldn’t care less… until I can get Pokemon on my iPhone!

That’s all for today, have a good one.

Matt