The fact that Call of Duty: WW2 sales have performed much better than last year’s Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare was already proof that the new game has been a success. But publisher Activision has now revealed some numbers that highlight exactly how well the World War 2-set shooter is performing.
In a press release, Activision announced that Call of Duty: WW2 made over $500 million during its launch weekend. This is the “sell-through worldwide” figure, meaning that the total includes games sold to customers across the world, rather than those copies of the game just sitting on store shelves.
Activision also estimated that its game has made more than superhero movies Thor: Ragnarok and Wonder Woman made on their box office openings, combined. The games industry overall makes more money than the movie industry and it seems that the Call of Duty: WW2 launch is yet another example of this.
Activision stated that Call of Duty: WW2 has set a new record, becoming the “best-selling digital full game by units sold on its first day of availability” on PS4. Activision also added that the “overall unit sales at launch doubled year-over-year globally.”
Moreover, the game has successfully achieved the “highest total connected users on current generation consoles and PC.” Though it remains to be seen if Call of Duty: WW2 can hold onto those players once rival shooter Star Wars Battlefront 2 launches later this month.
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare saw huge backlash over its decision to take the shooter series to space and sold poorer than previous entries as a result. So Activision and developer Sledgehammer Games will see these improved figures as a big win, confirming that the game has managed to win the franchise’s fans over after last year’s disappointment.
What’s more is that the $500 million figure is just a small fraction of the money that Call of Duty: WW2 could actually make for both companies. For example, the game’s loot box system has now been reworked so that players can open the crates in public. Players are also being rewarded for viewing others open those loot boxes.
Although microtransactions have yet to be implemented in the game, they will be arriving soon. It means that that the companies can make far more money on top of the initial purchase price – potentially doubling that $500 million figure in the long-run.
Call of Duty: WW2 is out now on PC, PS4, and Xbox One.