Call of Duty is likely not going anywhere anytime soon. Not that anyone really thought that it would. According to NPD data released today, Black Ops 3 was the best-selling game of 2015, by a wide margin, and also outsold the previous two installments to the franchise. Just when everyone thought that Call of Duty fatigue was a real thing, everyone went and proved everyone wrong. I even bought Black Ops 3. It’s the first Call of Duty I played to any extent since Modern Warfare 2. Sure, mod tools coming to the PC version sometime early this year helped that decision a lot, but the game itself was definitely the best Call of Duty has been in quite some time.
In addition to being the best selling game of 2015, Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 helped the franchise surpass 250 million units sold total. So the Juggernaut keeps getting juggernautier.
I guess we still have to wait and see whether Infinity Ward’s installment can carry the momentum through to next year. Since Infinity Word fell apart – and was quickly rebuilt from the ashes – their games haven’t exactly had the pedigree they once had, but maybe this new three-year cycle can do them good.
I guess we’ll find out this fall.