Rebooting the Modern Warfare line with this year’s Call of Duty installment appears to have paid off for Activision Blizzard. In its first three days, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare has seen over over $600 million USD in sell-through, outstripping this generation’s Call of Duty record set by Black Ops 3 in 2015 by $50 million.
In a new press release, Activision Blizzard also claims Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is now the top selling game of 2019. Reportedly, Modern Warfare set a new three-day record for digital sales via PlayStation Network, had the biggest launch on PC of any Call of Duty game, and posted the biggest digital opening of any Activision title in history.
Modern Warfare’s three-day opening is a substantial improvement over both Black Ops 3’s $550 million record and the figures shared for 2018’s Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 and 2017’s Call of Duty: WW2, which both brought in $500 million in the same period.
Early impressions of Modern Warfare’s campaign, once servers let the massive influx of day one buyers play the game, were largely positive—meanwhile, many players have expressed concerns with the main multiplayer mode’s pacing and large maps. USgamer received review code from Activision for Modern Warfare close to its launch, so our full review of Modern Warfare is forthcoming.
In the days since it launched, Modern Warfare has been subject to some backlash over its story content. A reference to a real-world U.S. and coalition forces attack, changed in Modern Warfare’s fiction to be an act of Russian aggression, has been questioned in a similar manner to the inclusion of Modern Warfare’s new white phosphorus killstreak.
Modern Warfare’s long-term performance will hinge on whether its revised monetization model proves successful with fans. In lieu of loot boxes, season passes, or map packs, Infinity Ward is following the lead of games like Fortnite and Destiny 2 by building Modern Warfare’s post-launch support around a Battle Pass system.