Although major debate has been going on between whether Red Dead Redemption 2 or Call of Duty Black Ops 4 will end up being the top seller of 2018, currently we have seen Black Ops 4 snatch up that spot. In most markets physical sales are dying out while digital sales are not always easy to get the statistics for. Because of this, some have been drawing false conclusions from UK physical sales data which by all means is quite outdated, and perhaps irrelevant.
Since the NPD made data private and stopped announcing on their own, game companies now announce their own data, with Activision Blizzard stating that Black Ops 4 has made over $500 million USD in three days. This is still less than the record holding GTA V which is the best selling game of all time, and made $1 billion USD in its first three days, and even less than Black Ops 2 which made $500 million in 24 hours, but few games have come this close to matching those.
Some sales records that Black Ops 4 has beaten and set include Highest Day One Digital Sales of any Activision Blizzard game. Today’s MediaCrate numbers also reveal the PlayStation 4 edition of Call of Duty Black Ops 4 at the #1 spot in Japan followed closely by Super Mario Party for Nintendo Switch at #2 and with SoulCalibur VI for PS4 arriving at third.
Other achievements Treyarch has accomplished with the title:
- Highest viewed COD launch weekend in Twitch history
- Surpasses COD WWII & BO3 launch period playerbase
- Doubles the amount of Blizzard Battle.net players on PC
- Highest average number of hours played for a COD launch
It’s not well known that Call of Duty has been on a slowly declining slope in terms of sales over the recent years. However, Treyarch are favored developers of the series by many and Black Ops 4 has changed the perspective of the franchise to a more positive one, beating out recent COD releases and seemingly reversing its curse.
For the moment, this data means that Black Ops 4 is the highest selling game of 2018. We will have to wait and see how Red Dead Redemption 2 performs and if it will surpass Black Ops 4.