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article image'Call of Duty: Ghosts' day one sales expectations fell short

By Stan Rezaee     Nov 10, 2013 in Entertainment
Despite high expectations, Activision CFO Dennis Durkin admitted during a conference call that 'Call of Duty: Ghosts' failed to met the sales expectations on its launch date.
According to Activision; Call of Duty: Ghosts has failed to outsell Call of Duty: Black Ops II during launch. This is break from past trends when a Call of Duty game would outsell its predecessor on the launch day.
This revelation comes only a few days after Activision had boasted that Call of Duty: Ghosts had made $1 billion in sales. However those figure pertained to sales made by orders from retailers, not direct sales to consumers.
Activision has attributed low sales to the console transition as gamers are waiting to get the the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One version of the game. Back in August; Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision Publishing, stated that the console transition caused uncertainty among consumers which is responsible for the low pre-order sales.
Paul Tassi, video game writer for, has pointed to the intense competition from Grand Theft Auto V as a contributing factor. Grand Theft Auto V hit the $1 billion mark in three days, beating the 15 day record set by Call of Duty: Black Ops II.
Activision is hoping that sales of the PS4 and Xbox One version would make up for the lost revenue. Even though the game was praised by critics it has been panned by gamers which could impact future sales.
Call of Duty: Ghosts is the tenth game in the popular series that has sold over 100 million copies and on average has 40 million active players a month. The game has players take on the role as operatives of the Ghosts as they wage a war against the Federation in an attempt to defend Americas sovereignty.
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