Modern Warfare 3 posts largest day-one shipments in gaming history as Activision financials beat expectations; publisher promises "a minimum of two" Blizzard releases next year.
It doesn't take a seasoned industry watcher to guess that Activision's blockbuster Call of Duty series--an annualized franchise since 2005--wouldn't make it through 2012 without a new release. The publisher confirmed as much in its quarterly earnings report, adding that today's launch of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 boasted the largest day-one shipments in gaming history.
"As we focus on 2012, we have a strong product pipeline which features a minimum of two highly-anticipated new titles from Blizzard Entertainment, including Diablo III, and a new Call of Duty game from Activision Publishing," Activision CEO Bobby Kotick said in a statement accompanying the publisher's quarterly report. Beyond Diablo III, Blizzard has an assortment of projects in the works, including the World of Warcraft expansion Mists of Pandaria, Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm, Blizzard DOTA, and a still-unannounced massively multiplayer online role-playing game developed under the code-name Titan.
Activision also said the recently released Slylanders: Spyro's Adventures had outperformed the company's expectations. The recently released multiplatform title features action figure tie-ins that introduce new characters into the gameworld, and the publisher said it has already received reorders for the figures from all of its major retail partners.
On top of its game news, Activision also reported its financial results for the three months ended September 30. The publisher reported quarterly revenues of $754 million, up 16 percent from $650 million for the same period the year before. The publisher also posted a better bottom line, with a net profit of $148 million for the quarter, up year-over-year from $51 million.
Not all of Activision's numbers were growing. The publisher broke down the source of its sales figures, showing that its traditional retail business shrank year-over-year. Retail channels accounted for $250 million of the publisher's total take, down from $320 million for the same three months of 2010 and just one-third of Activision's net revenues for the quarter.
Meanwhile, Activision's digital business continues growing, spiking year-over-year on a quarterly basis to $427 million from $363 million. Digital channels (including subscriptions, downloadable content, digitally distributed games, and mobile titles) accounted for 57 percent of the publisher's quarterly sales, up from 49 percent for the same period the year before. Activision's remaining revenues were accounted for by its distribution business.
Finally, Activision boosted its full-year outlook based on the better-than-expected earnings. For the full year ending December 31, the publisher now expects revenues to total $4.33 billion (up from $4.18 billion), with earnings per share jumping to $0.76, up from $0.68.
why do they need to make another modern warfare the storyline would not make sense and treyarch does a way better job than crappy infinity ward
call of duty 4 MODERN WARFARE call of duty world at war call of duty MODERN WARFARE 2 call of duty black ops call of duty MODERN WARFARE 3 call of duty 2012 call of duty MODERN WARFARE 4???? call of duty 2014???? call of duty MODERN WARFARE 5???? call of duty 2016???? call of duty MODERN WARFARE 6????
we all know that the COD saga its awesome,but what more can u make,a mean u make WW1,WW2 A LOT,the cold war and of course WW3,i think u should focus more on Vietnam or Irak,black ops and COD4 didn t give us enoughf of that u know
My question is, when is Respawn going to announce their project and knock CoD of it's throne? Cuz Battlefield 3 was a total letdown and did not deliver on most of it's promises. Who better to dethrone CoD than the guys who made it?
Count me out in 2012. Call of Duty takes a 2 or 3 year hiatus for me, if the franchise is still around then.
@Agronot it'll die out like Halo did once everyones played it. Theres still people that are discovering it, being as MW3 is their first CoD game. Lots of people were new to Black Ops. I don't see why you didn't play CoD4 though. That game is still a masterpiece.
@stealthyninja81 ...no... I enjoy cod. I can go for a cod4 or mw2 game anytime, and I can still enjoy mw3 or black ops at my friend's house. I'm not a hater on the game or the players, I do, however, absolutely hate what activation are doing, making billions on repackaged product, and I genuinely hope one day cod dies and activation goes out of business, so that new ip can emerge from the dust of the giant. What activision is doing is terrible for the industry. No one is befitting from this but them. A healthy industry means innovation, not millions paying over 60$ to one company every year for almost the same thing. Do you know why I posted that comment? Not because I'm hating you or your buddies, just because I am disappointed by the ignorance of people who say "I knew this was coming, keep the cods coming!"
I wish that people trying to "point out" to others that each Call of Duty is more or less the same would shut the hell up. Seriously? Are you actually that far up your own that you don't realise you're pointing out the obvious? Everybody KNOWS Call of Duty is more or less the same style every year- that's the reason why it sells. It's been the same format since Modern Warfare. You don't see people complaining that the Super Mario Bros. series is the same after 20 years, or that 2D Sonic is boring. If it wasn't the same, it wouldn't be Call of Duty. The experience is going through the campaigns and multiplayers with your skills learned through playing the other games. And to answer your question- no, I don't feel ripped off. I'm smart enough to know what I'm spending my hard earned cash on, and Modern Warfare 3 was fantastic, the real reason why the games sell every single year.
In this economy, its good to hear some good news. Means people will keep there jobs! As for a new Call of Duty in 2012....COD3 was my last! Been playing it since Call of Duty 1, and I mean the very first not just MW COD1. I'm tired of this franchise!
Honestly, don't you CoD fans feel ripped off knowing that you just bought a game for full price just to hear that another one is a meer year away? Isn't it annoying knowing that all your stats and achievements are pretty much going to be worthless come the next year? Do you honestly see such a ground breaking difference with each installment that's worth another full game purchase?
I hope they do make at least two and they end up sucking due to less development time which in turn will discourage customers from ever buying a CoD game again.
Wow lol, another cash in, milking money off consumers is a big industry these days, selling the same game every year and making hundreds of millions of dollars off it, if you're going to be a huge gaming company at least make an honest living by selling decent games, this is modern capitalism at its finest.
they going to release a new call of duty every year every game gets 2 years makeing project time... or they fired for not haveing it done by that time...
I think it will be one for the main consoles/pc and one for the handheld. Game is good to me but it should come with new ideas.
alot of you talk about madden. i am not a madden fan but players change teams and players leave the game rosters change so the game has to release every year for this point alone update only goes so far... cod is samething over and over but they did make kills diffrent you kill someone thy drop a dog tag you have to go pick up if someone else does they get the kill you just did instead lol...
@jonnybutler11 i dont care how many games they release, i enjoyed all of their games (with the exeption of BO multiplayer), just because a lot of gamers enjoy their games doesnt make them all fanboys. Seriously, i dont care if you dont like the game what i care about is that you seem to think that liking COD makes you a fanboy. You are the textbook definition of a hater, as you hate a series and their fans just because they are succesfull.
oh my god you have to be kidding me, why are activision getting away with this year after year after year since cod 4? And the worst part is, the fanboys are actually happy about it, look at all the comments supporting this crap!
Wow i totally forgot about this.. but Call of Duty used to have vehicles in the multiplayer portion, you know.. that you could drive. They could totally put vehicles in multiplayer again and sell it as a completely new idea, hell judging by the intelligence of your average brain washed cod zombie they'd probably think it's some sort of radical innovation at this point. I'm being sarcastic btw.
STOP BUYING COD AND THEY'LL MAKE SOMETHING ELSE MW3 should of convinced you them making a CoD game is the same as you or I making an ATM withdrawal, stop it stop it stop it, why would you want to play the same game 6 years running (i was dumbfounded after 3 years) and do you people seriously think Bf3 fanbois and girls would wast time making fake reviews, or would they be playing Bf3 instead? if they want better reviews they should make a different game, MW3 is not necessarily bad, its just extremely repetitive because its the same game and people get pissed when you charge them stupid amounts of money for the same thing you've already sold them they are selling OLD MAPS for MONEY, you already bought it, and then again when they released them as DLC for the other cod and now again for this one If your wallets could talk they would stab you for being so stupid
honestly if i was a fps fan i would be extremely worried right now. when your genre is dominated by one game that is supposedly superior to all other shooters there not much room for creativity. can anyone point to any COD game that surprised as much when CoD4 was released. BF3 is a competitor that the CoD fanboys need because if Activision continues to maintain its superiority of the fps genre then they will have no need to really do anything new or creative. you guys will keep getting the same thing over and over again and who really wants to pay for the same thing twice or in your case sense CoD4 four times. Think about it.
i just saw and article that activision will be releasing a DLC for MW3 which features 5 maps from previous call of duties. the funny thing is we gonna have to pay for those maps that we already own again. remember we payed for them in MW2 and now we gonna pay for the cod4 maps in MW3. so pretty much activision is making us pay 3 times for the same maps. first cod 4 than mw2 in dlc now in mw3 dlc. FCK MY LIFE
cod is the madden of the fps world now i have a feeling they r goin to kill their own company. but wat do i care im playing battlefield
the point here is activison should NOT be allowed to publish games. they have killed every good game. GUITAR HERO AND TONY HAWK RIP. CoD will die very soon. RIP. i loved cod but its getting old its simply a cult. RIP
thay defo nead a new engin for cod thay ar yousing a cod 4 engin for mw3 sad but true with the amount of profit thay ern out of cod you woud think thay wood have the best of everything.remember it was the pc gamers that started it all for activision but sadly thay have let us down again by not giving pc gamers whot we wont. whot do we wont dedi servers and arcon control of ouer servers. clans nead this so thay can police the servers and catch hackers its clans that do the donky work for pb
How about something new, like new, somewhat new, all new, just new. Retire Call of Duty and make it Duty Calls lol
@Daemoroth Well those people that do buy that game, I call sheep, because they end up coming back saying "oh its the greatest first person shooter ever" first of all, I don't think I have ever came across one game that I would say is the best ever, there are multiple games. With that being said, I have played MW3, and a lot of people want to give it a 9/10, 10/10, etc. I would give it maybe a 7/10, but that is just my personal opinion. The good thing is, I have friends that buy a lot of new games, so I will either A.) Play it their house, B.) borrow it. Or if I get it for the holidays as a gift, then cool. I got Black Ops, but it was a gift, I mean I wasn't going to take it back because of the game. Right now it just sits collecting dust, then again so does my PS3.
@ScF2007, excellent post, but I think you missed my point. By saying that I don't agree with the cow-milking analogy I didn't mean that they're not milking it, but rather that cows don't have a choice in being milked or not, while we as gamers do. A lot of people blame Activision for milking the series, and while I agree that annual rehashes of the same game with some new maps are ridiculous, the problem isn't that Activision is doing it. The problem is that millions of people are buying it. All it would take for any of these annual rehashes to stop (AC, CoD, etc) is for it to fail miserably, for reviews to drop to 3/10 because it's the same game and not worth the full price, and for sales to plummet. The ball is in our court, if we keep buying their annual releases, we have no right to act surprised or disgusted that they continue doing it. Remember, it's impossible to make money off the same recycled game if everybody refuses to buy it.
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