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Gamers in the United Kingdom appear to be losing interest in the Call of Duty series. This is according to the launch sales of the latest title, Call of Duty: Vanguard, which are down 40 percent over last year’s game. Sales of physical copies dropped 26 percent versus Black Ops Cold War, while digital sales fell by 44 percent.

From GamesIndustry.biz, which argues that the disappointment is unique to Vanguard and not indicative of the franchise slowing down any time soon:

Vanguard’s critical reception was muted, and the World War II Call of Duty games have typically performed below that of the more modern-based titles. The console hardware transition is also something that needs to be considered, alongside shooter competition from Battlefield 2042 and Halo: Infinite. Finally, there is the service-based Call of Duty: Warzone. The free-to-play battle royale game launched last year and remains hugely popular.

Despite its reduced sales, Call of Duty: Vanguard still represents the second biggest game launch of the year behind FIFA 22. GSD’s top ten for the week ending November 6, 2021:

Last WeekThis WeekTitle
New Entry1Call of Duty: Vanguard
12FIFA 22
23Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy
34Mario Party Superstars
65Grand Theft Auto 5
106Mario Kart 8: Deluxe
57Far Cry 6
258Spider-Man: Miles Morales
99Minecraft (Switch)
1110Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Source: GSD (via GamesIndustry.biz)

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3 Comments

  1. Yeah, let’s not blame it on what we know actually what the reason is for our very poor sales’ numbers, our extreme wokeness addition and YOUR REAL USERBASE HAS HAD ENOUGH OF THE WOKE MOB, because that would hurt our new agenda and our newly cancel culture allies, we’ll just blame it on Covid, the sexual allegation bad press, etc.

    Gotcha!

    😏

  2. I bought it, and it’s nothing great. Better than Cold War, but that’s not saying much. I mainly play against bots offline, and they don’t let you choose the number of bots for each match. It has an auto-fill slider that just makes the matches crazy with too many bots for the size maps.

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