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Call of Duty Modern Warfare II Reclaims Franchise’s Glory That Vanguard Lost in 2021

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Last year was quite disappointing for Activision and Call of Duty as the series had an underperforming episode in Vanguard. It not only received unfavorable reactions from critics and gamers, but also sold less than expected. A year later, however, Modern Warfare II managed to shake up history.

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Riding an unparalleled fashionable train, Modern Warfare II had a big task at hand. In addition to impressing fans, it also had to deliver in terms of sales, compared to what happened to Vanguard in 2021. Well, Call of Duty’s latest bounty comfortably accomplished its mission with a record launch.

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Call of Duty gets biggest launch since 2019 as Modern Warfare II tops UK physical sales chart

According to details revealed by GamesIndustry.biz, Modern Warfare II has opened up to a phenomenal response in the UK. After arriving last week, the anticipated sequel managed to surpass last year’s Vanguard in terms of physical units sold in European markets.

The physical sales of Infinity Ward’s Call of Duty Modern Warfare II are 42% higher than those of Sledgehammer Games’ Vanguard. Additionally, the latest title is around nine percent better in terms of boxed sales than 2020’s Black Ops Cold War.

However, compared to its 2019 predecessor, MWII’s physical sales are down 61%. But again, digital downloads have increased a lot over the past three years, so they could possibly push the latest offering further. Digital sales details are yet to be revealed, so the difference between the two titles cannot yet be assumed.

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When it comes to performance across different platforms, 53% of Modern Warfare II’s boxed sales were on the PS5. Next is the Xbox on which the Call of Duty 2022 sold out at 29%. The PS4 recorded around 18% of the units sold for the game.

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Overall, Activision’s latest CoD bounty is the third biggest physical release of 2022. That’s only behind EA’s FIFA 23 and Nintendo’s Pokemon Legends: Arceus. For those interested in the rankings, here are the Top 10 bestsellers in the UK after the launch of MWII:

  1. Call of Duty Modern Warfare II
  2. FIFA 23
  3. Bayonet 3
  4. Forbidden Horizon West
  5. Gotham Knights
  6. Mario 8 Deluxe
  7. Mario+Rabbids Sparks of Hope
  8. Nintendo Switch Sports
  9. Splaton 3
  10. LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga

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The all-new CoD entry is available now worldwide on PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and PC via Battle.net and Steam.

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