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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is said to be fastest-selling game for the franchise this generation.
The most recent game from the stables of Infinity Ward, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, is like nothing ever seen as it breaks previous records to become the fastest-selling game in the franchise in recent times, making a profit of $600 million within the first three days of its launch.
This is definitely good news for all Activision Blizzard investors as the remarkable performance of Call of Duty over the weekend seems to have infused the needed strength to its weak share price.
At the moment the stock price is around $55, just as it was nearly a week ago.
New Sheriff Is in Town
There is currently a shift of power in the hierarchy of Activision Blizzard releases. Between the two games that were launched within the same period, one has bowed so that the other can take the throne. With a $100 million lead over Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII, Activision Blizzard’s newest entry, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, has emerged as the top-selling new release of 2019 as well as Activision’s top-selling digital opening in history.
This new game has gone on to take the title of highest three-day digital sales and highest digital pre-orders on the PlayStation Network. In addition to these accolades, it ranks as the top-selling Call of Duty PC game ever to be launched.
Though the Infinity Ward’s newest game bears a resemblance to the Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, there should be no confusion as the latest flagship is simply a mock recreation of the 2007 predecessor.
Falsification of History or Not?
It is not surprising that the new game has been on the receiving end of accusations, a behavior not alien to the Call of Duty series. This time around, it is said to be an “American propaganda” and a tool used to rewrite history through its Highway of Death mission.
Counterclaims have, however, been made by Activision stating that the mission is nothing but a work of fiction, yet detractors are not having it. They insist that the mission is a vivid reenactment of the American war crimes committed during the Persian Gulf War. They claim the game clearly depicts the past event but with a twist to make Russia appear as the transgressor.
This has brought an uncomfortable level of heat on Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, which currently has a 3.4 user rating on Metacritic and also making it Russian state TV’s subject of discussion.
Despite the many controversies surrounding Activision Blizzard like sacking 800 of its employees even after recording huge profits and banning a Hearthstone pro player for supporting Hong Kong protesters, the overall success of the company appears unaffected.