A brief history about the Call of Duty franchise.
Call of Duty is a first-person shooter video game franchise. The franchise began with the release of the game Call of Duty on October 29, 2003. The game was developed by Infinity Ward and was published by Activision. The game takes place during World War II and the player takes on the role of a soldier fighting for the Allied forces. The game received critical acclaim and was a commercial success, leading to the development of multiple sequels. The franchise has since expanded to include games set in modern and future settings, as well as a variety of spin-offs. The series has become one of the most popular and successful video game franchises of all time, selling over 250 million copies as of 2019.
The most successful Call of Duty game in terms of sales is Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, which was released in 2011. It is the eighth main installment in the Call of Duty series and the third installment in the Modern Warfare sub-series. The game was developed by Infinity Ward and Sledgehammer Games, and was published by Activision. It was released for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and Wii. It sold over 30 million copies worldwide. It was followed by Call of Duty: Black Ops, released in 2010, and Call of Duty: Black Ops II, released in 2012, both of them sold over 26 million copies worldwide.
It is difficult to say which Call of Duty game is the worst selling of all time, as sales figures for the franchise's various titles have not been publicly disclosed by Activision. However, some of the less successful titles in the series include Call of Duty: Ghosts and Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, which were both released in 2013. Both games received mixed reviews from critics and did not perform as well commercially as some of the series' other entries. Another Call of Duty title which did not perform as well as the others in the series is Call of Duty: WWII, which was released in 2017. The game received positive reviews but it was criticized for the lack of innovation and feeling like a rehash of previous games. Additionally, the game's release coincided with the launch of some other major titles, which may have affected its sales. It's worth noting that even though these games may not have performed as well as some of the others, they still sold millions of copies worldwide, and were considered successful by industry standards. Call of Duty is one of the most successful video game franchises of all time, and has generated billions of dollars in revenue for its publisher, Activision. As of 2021, the franchise has generated over $18 billion in revenue. The franchise's success can be attributed to a combination of factors, including its strong marketing campaigns, engaging gameplay, and the release of new titles on a regular basis. The franchise's popularity has also led to the release of various spin-off games, as well as merchandise and other products, which have further contributed to its financial success. The sales of Call of Duty games also generated a significant amount of revenue for the platforms such as Xbox, Playstation, and PC. It's worth noting that these figures are estimates and are not confirmed by Activision, but it's widely acknowledged that Call of Duty is one of the most successful and profitable video game franchises of all time.