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Honestly did not see that coming. I doubt the increase in digital sales will offset the huge decline in physical sales. I wonder if the release date had an effect on this and it's performance in its first week



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Lol, PC finally matters to COD



AngryLittleAlchemist said:
Lol, PC finally matters to COD

The Forbes article states that PC digital sales are more than doubled compared to last year. And since pretty much no one buys physical copies of games on PC anymore, that's a pretty big deal.



shikamaru317 said:
jason1637 said:

The game had a bigger playercount day 1 than ww2 so ww2 probably had a bigger day 2 so they are close In sales and Bo4 will have a bigger legs and best selling this gen. Also the game isn't futuristic, everything in the game we have today. Also only 1.6% of players beat BO3 campaign.

Player count does not equal sales. You have to remember that WW2 released closer to Christmas, so there would have been a good many copies bought to go under the Christmas tree, copies that weren't opened for weeks afterward. Beating WW2 on player count does not mean that it beat WW2 on overall physical plus digital sales. Acti would have announced it if it had. 

It's definitely semi- futuristic, it's set sometime between Black Ops 2 (2025) and Black Ops 3 (2065) from what I've read. There is definitely futuristic tech that doesn't exist in real life, I remember in the multiplayer reveal trailer there was a batman style grappling hook, a riot shield that grew in size using robotics and could be used for a ground pound attack, some kind of sonic wave incapacitating device, trip mines with triangular shaped detection grids, radar darts, and a healing device that let you paint teammates and heal them.

Black Ops campaigns suck, so that doesn't surprise me. 25% beat the WW2 campaign on PS4, and 50% beat the first mission. Some of the other CoD campaigns that are good like MW2 have even better completion stats if I'm not mistaken.

1. WW2 came out the first Friday in November way before black Friday so I doubt most people had it as a gift already.

2. The setting is a few years in the future but everything in the game we have today so you really can't call it "futuristic "

3. Black ops 3 is the best selling CoD this gen and has the lowest completion of the campaign so it shows campaign does not matter to black ops fans.



Oh, so that announcement about all-time increase in digital sales is completly offset by the downing of physical sales. (Only UK for now)
Although, ratio would be more of an important statistic than ever to see if the adoption rate has increased much or simply being blownout by 1st day purchasers.

Increase of sales on the PC market is probably the only real victory they've got themselves here.

Will it have legs ? Probably. Will it be disturbed by RDR 2 launch in 2 weeks ? Maybe.

We shall look at the way the graphic will trace itself along the road of others big games release to see if it's just a smokescreen or a genuine seller more than anything else.



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Mordred11 said:
AngryLittleAlchemist said:
Lol, PC finally matters to COD

The Forbes article states that PC digital sales are more than doubled compared to last year. And since pretty much no one buys physical copies of games on PC anymore, that's a pretty big deal.

WW2 only sold 885k on PC in the first 6 weeks, so safe to assume week 1 sales were around 500k on PC. Double that only puts first week PC sales at 1m. That does not even come close to compensating for console physical sales being down by 50%. WW2 sold over 5m in the first week physically, if this 50% decrease in the UK holds true for other markets, that means that first week physical sales are down by 2.5m. 



shikamaru317 said:
Mordred11 said:

The Forbes article states that PC digital sales are more than doubled compared to last year. And since pretty much no one buys physical copies of games on PC anymore, that's a pretty big deal.

WW2 only sold 885k on PC in the first 6 weeks, so safe to assume week 1 sales were around 500k on PC. Double that only puts first week PC sales at 1m. That does not even come close to compensating for console physical sales being down by 50%. WW2 sold over 5m in the first week physically, if this 50% decrease in the UK holds true for other markets, that means that first week physical sales are down by 2.5m. 

First of all, it's a decrease in physical sales. Second of all, you must be crazy to even think that as a possibility. Your thread throws a negative vibe over the game's launch, but every article on the internet is positively stating more people are playing COD than ever, but that doesn't mean anything to you I guess. Like, your thread doesn't even (conveniently) mention PC sales have been more than doubled.



jason1637 said:
shikamaru317 said:

Player count does not equal sales. You have to remember that WW2 released closer to Christmas, so there would have been a good many copies bought to go under the Christmas tree, copies that weren't opened for weeks afterward. Beating WW2 on player count does not mean that it beat WW2 on overall physical plus digital sales. Acti would have announced it if it had. 

It's definitely semi- futuristic, it's set sometime between Black Ops 2 (2025) and Black Ops 3 (2065) from what I've read. There is definitely futuristic tech that doesn't exist in real life, I remember in the multiplayer reveal trailer there was a batman style grappling hook, a riot shield that grew in size using robotics and could be used for a ground pound attack, some kind of sonic wave incapacitating device, trip mines with triangular shaped detection grids, radar darts, and a healing device that let you paint teammates and heal them.

Black Ops campaigns suck, so that doesn't surprise me. 25% beat the WW2 campaign on PS4, and 50% beat the first mission. Some of the other CoD campaigns that are good like MW2 have even better completion stats if I'm not mistaken.

1. WW2 came out the first Friday in November way before black Friday so I doubt most people had it as a gift already.

2. The setting is a few years in the future but everything in the game we have today so you really can't call it "futuristic "

3. Black ops 3 is the best selling CoD this gen and has the lowest completion of the campaign so it shows campaign does not matter to black ops fans.

I personally know alot of early Christmas shoppers, I even know a few people who start shopping for Christmas as early as late October, so that they can avoid the crowds. 

None of what I just listed exists today. Batman style grappling hooks are physically impossible, we lack materials with the tensile strength and rigidity to make it work. We do not have riot shields that can grow in size with robotics and are capable of unleashing a ground pound attack that kills multiple people. We do not have sonic incapacitating devices like the one from the trailer. We do not have trip mines that can form a triangular detection grid. We do not have radar darts. And we do not have devices that let you paint targets and send out a drone to shoot them with a healing dart. And those are just things that I saw in the multiplayer reveal trailer, who knows how many more futuristic devices and gadgets are in the full game.

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Mordred11 said:
shikamaru317 said:

WW2 only sold 885k on PC in the first 6 weeks, so safe to assume week 1 sales were around 500k on PC. Double that only puts first week PC sales at 1m. That does not even come close to compensating for console physical sales being down by 50%. WW2 sold over 5m in the first week physically, if this 50% decrease in the UK holds true for other markets, that means that first week physical sales are down by 2.5m. 

First of all, it's a decrease in physical sales. Second of all, you must be crazy to even think that as a possibility. Your thread throws a negative vibe over the game's launch, but every article on the internet is positively stating more people are playing COD than ever, but that doesn't mean anything to you I guess. Like, your thread doesn't even (conveniently) mention PC sales have been more than doubled.

Yeah this. The thread is misleading. Should add to the Op and title that it was the best selling CoD digital and had more players day 1 than ww2.



Mordred11 said:
shikamaru317 said:

WW2 only sold 885k on PC in the first 6 weeks, so safe to assume week 1 sales were around 500k on PC. Double that only puts first week PC sales at 1m. That does not even come close to compensating for console physical sales being down by 50%. WW2 sold over 5m in the first week physically, if this 50% decrease in the UK holds true for other markets, that means that first week physical sales are down by 2.5m. 

First of all, it's a decrease in physical sales. Second of all, you must be crazy to even think that as a possibility. Your thread throws a negative vibe over the game's launch, but every article on the internet is positively stating more people are playing COD than ever, but that doesn't mean anything to you I guess. Like, your thread doesn't even (conveniently) mention PC sales have been more than doubled.

This thread is about the physical sales because that is what the article is about. 

I mentioned that PC sales were up in my 2nd post of this thread.