The success of this cult FPS reboot is already being felt, but now a first record has already been formalized.
It won’t take long for that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 rises to the top of the PlayStation leaderboard. In addition to being the best-selling game of the moment on the platform (no real surprise), this one also achieves best launch in franchise history. This impressive record is only for digital sales of the title through the PlayStation Store. Thus, all of the pre-orders and purchases on D-Day come to make Modern Warfare 2 the greatest success of Activision and Infinity Ward on the Sony console. No precise figures have been shared to celebrate the news, but the license prize list easily lets imagine the astronomical data in question.
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After the rather bitter failure of the studio with Call of Duty: Vanguard in 2021, this comeback is reassuring for the future of the FPS. The grandiose campaign and a mastered multiplayer mode have convinced players who take pleasure in finding the license in its former glory. The legacy of Modern Warfare classics probably also helps explain this major success, but the evocative title is also accompanied by an unprecedented quality that justifies the enthusiasm.
A success on all platforms
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 faces a landslide victory on PlayStation but is also making a strong impression on other gaming communities. This is particularly the case on the side of Steam users who propel the game to the top of the rankings with a peak of 263,174 at launch according to SteamDB. This is without counting the players going directly through the Battle.net launcher who are not counted in this data. In terms of sales, the title exceeds even Cyberpunk 2077 and FIFA 23 who dominated the list so far.
This global success accompanied by the PlayStation record could serve as an argument for Activision and Microsoft in the endless quest for the takeover of Activision Blizzard by the Redmond firm. While the competition authorities are worried about a possible departure from the single-destination franchise for Xbox and PC, these successes prove that the studios are far from wishing to withdraw the license from PlayStation players. To be continued…