Call of Duty sales take a nosedive with ‘Infinite Warfare’

The Call of Duty franchise has seen its sales figures slowly decline over the last several years, and in a year filled with excellent multiplayer shooters, it appears that the latest installment, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, has sold especially poorly.

NPD figures for the month of November suggested that sales for Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare were down by almost 50 percent compared to the sales of 2015’s entry in the series, Black Ops III.

Doug Creutz, an analyst for the Cowen Research Group, told clients that sales of the blockbuster shooter were about 17 percent lower than the group’s previous expectations. Activision-Blizzard shares have dropped by roughly 20 percent since October, even as Blizzard’s Overwatch continues to thrive, reaching 20 million players in just five months.

Black Ops III saw a much healthier launch last year, with $550 million in initial sales after both Call of Duty: Ghosts and Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare had under-performed. The game was also available on the last-gen Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, however, although those versions of the game featured a heavily downgraded multiplayer mode and didn’t feature a campaign at all.

At the time, Activision CEO Eric Hirshberg said that the player engagement for Black Ops III was the highest in Call of Duty history.

Infinite Warfare released in November at the industry standard $60 price point, but an $80 Legacy version of the game also bundled in a remastered Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. While reception to the newer game — and particularly its multiplayer mode — has been decidedly lukewarm, Modern Warfare Remastered was met with a much more positive response. It seems almost inevitable that Activision will continue down this route with future Call of Duty games, likely with a remastered version of Modern Warfare 2 or the original Black Ops.

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

Emerging Tech

Light-swallowing room promises Call of Duty fans the blackest of ops

What's it like to be in a room fully painted with the world's darkest material, Vantablack? The makers of one of the year's top video games teamed up with Vantablack scientists to find out.
Gaming

These are the best Xbox One games out right now

More than four years into its lifespan, Microsoft's latest console is finally coming into its own. From 'Cuphead' to 'Halo 5,' the best Xbox One games offer something for everyone.
Gaming

The hottest Nintendo Switch games you can get right now

The Nintendo Switch's lineup started off small, but games have steadily released as the console continues through its second year. Here are the best Nintendo Switch games available now, from Super Mario Odyssey to Fortnite.
Product Review

'Black Ops 4' outshines the games it copies with that Call of Duty polish

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4’s omission of a campaign could have been a deal breaker, but multiplayer, Zombies, and the new Blackout mode make it one of the best shooters of the year.
Computing

In 2018, the rivalry between AMD and Intel has become more interesting than ever

When it comes to selecting a CPU for your PC, there's no shortage of chips for you to choose from. With Ryzen, Threadripper, and Core i9 CPUs though, the AMD vs. Intel argument is muddier than ever.
Product Review

Kill a Nazi while skiing in ’Battlefield V: War Stories’

World War II is hardly a unique setting for a shooter, but Battlefield V’s War Stories has managed to liven it up. Our preview left us eager to see more of the new Battlefield’s single-player story.
Gaming

Why are game studios run like sweat shops? The human toll of ‘crunch time’

After the revelation of 100-hour work weeks in Red Dead Redemption 2’s development, we spoke with a number of developers about what it’s like to work in crunch culture in the game industry.
Gaming

The best video games to gift this holiday season, from ‘Spider-Man’ to ‘Hitman 2’

The holidays are quickly approaching and you might be looking for ideas on what to get your favorite gamer. Here are the best games you can buy for your gaming loved ones this holiday season.
Gaming

Have problems with your Xbox One? We have the solutions

The Xbox One has evolved over the years, but so have its problems. Thankfully, we have solutions for some of the console's most enduring problems, whether you're experiencing issues with connectivity or your discs.
Computing

Gaming on a laptop has never been better. These are your best options

Gaming desktops are powerful, but they tie you down to your desk. For those of us who prefer a more mobile experience, here are the best gaming laptops on the market, ranging from budget machines to maxed-out, wallet-emptying PCs.
Computing

Choose your weapon wisely -- these are the best keyboards for gaming on your PC

Your PC isn't complete without one of the best gaming keyboards on the planet. We have a list spanning full-sized models to compact versions from Razer, Cooler Master, Corsair, Logitech G, and more.
Gaming

How you can give your PS4 a fresh start with a factory reset

Learn the many ways you can factory reset your PS4. From reverting your settings to factory to doing a full wipe and reinstalling the latest PlayStation firmware, we cover it all here, step by step.
Gaming

The Xbox app lets you access your console while away from home. Here's how

Microsoft's Xbox app can't do it all, but it does allow you to access your profile information and launch media content directly from your mobile device. Check out our quick guide on how to connect your smartphone to an Xbox One.
Virtual Reality

Oculus Rift, HTC Vive head-to-head: Prices drop, but our favorite stays the same

The Oculus Rift and HTC Vive are the two big names in the virtual-reality arena, but most people can only afford one. Our comparison tells you which is best when you pit the Oculus Rift vs. HTC Vive.