Checking the pre-orders VGC published, I was blown away by the success of Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 on the Xbox360.
There are 1,080,000 pre-orders already and the release is still 10 weeks away. There were 134,000 new pre-orders last week. So it is a very safe bet, that the pre-orders for MW2 will be like 2.4 million or even more, since pre-orders keep on growing faster as closer the release comes and marketing campaigns kick in.
CoD WaW sold close to 50% of the NA sales in the first week in Europe/Others. And like 40% of the NA sales of MW1 happened in Europe. I think 600k - 700k is very possible for the first week.
Now it is hard to tell how much people buy the game without a pre-order. 900k sales from people who have not pre-ordered MW2 are enough to secure an INSANE 4 million first week.
The fact that Square Enix gonna publish this game in Japan won't hurt sales over there either.
A 4 million first week would not only make this the best release a game had this generation,but this would mean the very best release a video game on one single system ever had in this industry.
Here are the top10 releases for this gen:
- Halo 3 (X360): 3.815 million
- GTA IV (X360): 3.378 million
- Super Smash Bros Brawl (Wii): 2.723 million
- GTA IV (PS3): 2.548 million
- Mario Kart Wii (Wii): 2.372 million
- Gears of War 2 (X360): 1.946 million
- Metal Gear Solid 4 (PS3):1.772 million
- Wii Fit (Wii): 1.627 million
- Call of Duty: WaW (X360): 1.302 million
- Resident Evil 5 (PS3): 1.098 million
The data for older generations is incomplete, but as far as we know the greatest release so far was GTA San Andreas for the PS2 with 3.986 million. So a 4 million first week would be the best release EVER!
What do you think, is this possible?
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