Activision has disclosed that the Call of Duty franchise has sold 400 million copies to date. This is a rather impressive number.
The series first debuted back in 2003, so this milestone was reached over a period of 18 years. So, on average, around 22 million copies of that year’s Call of Duty were sold per year. Activision specifically said the number refers to “premium game sales,” meaning this number doesn’t factor in free copies.
This number also covers games sold all the way back to the original Call of Duty in 2003 up until Black Ops Cold War. “Thank you for creating countless memories, shared experiences with friends and for being a part of the greatest community in the world,” Activision said.
Back in March of 2019, Activision announced the Call of Duty series has sold 300 million copies to date, which means this figure skyrocketed by 100 million in just two years.
Call of Duty all started with Infinity Ward’s World War II title for which the franchise is named after. Another entry was not released in 2004, but has had one launch every year since, with development shifting between Infinity Ward, Treyarch, and Sledgehammer Games. These studios are also supported by others, like Raven Software and High Moon, among others.
Activision did not provided a breakdown of sales by individual title or brand, but it’s widely believed that the Modern Warfare and Black Ops titles are the most successful.