Call of Duty Physical Game Sales Down Half From Last Year

by Robert Workman


Even though Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare is a stellar entry in the franchise – and a nice rebound for Infinity Ward following the disappointing Ghosts back in 2013 – the game’s just not catching on with fans as previous entries did.

A report from the NPD Group for the month of November indicates that physical sales of this year’s Call of Duty game are actually 50 percent lower than the previously released Black Ops III from the previous year. That’s just in the U.S. market as well – the U.K. numbers, though not as low, are running a little bit ragged, too.

But keep in mind that this is just for the physical sales of the game, as NPD didn’t have any notes pertaining to the digital copies, which is a preferred format for a lot of players these days.

Call of Duty did have some fierce competition for the month, between two EA shooters, Battlefield 1 and Titanfall 2, as well as other releases that came out over the course of the holidays. And the game could still catch on with an audience yet, as Infinity Ward will soon be outlining its plan for forthcoming downloadable content for Infinite Warfare, including new maps and other goodies that fans of multiplayer will be able to latch onto.

We reviewed Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare a while back and found it to be a blast. Despite its futuristic setting jolting the series in a new direction, we found the gameplay to be to our liking, and the multiplayer offering some fresh ideas. We also thought the visuals were pretty spectacular as well. You can check out that full review here.

Hopefully things will rebound for Infinite Warfare, and the community will see just how fun it is, despite its new setting.

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare is available now for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC.

By Robert Workman

Robert Workman has spent years working in the video game industry, for sites like Shacknews, AOL GameDaily and Marooners Rock. He's also very skilled in contributing to podcasts and video broadcasts, and can pretty much out-game you under the table. Oh, and just go ahead and ask him about glorious craft beers. Go on, ask him.