Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare sold 27% less in the US compared to last year’s installment, Ghosts.
That’s according to a report by analyst Michael Olson, who based his assessment on data provided by NPD (source: Street Insider).
Overall, sales of Activision games were down 22 percent in November, a decline which the publisher will no doubt want to turn around in the next year.
“This is disappointing data following first week Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare sales showing a year on year increase,” Olson said in his report. “NPD data does not include digital copies or international sales, which, if included, would lessen the year on year decline, but we believe this data suggests potential for Q4 revenue upside is now very low. Strength in the Blizzard side of the business (WoW & HearthStone) should allow for an in-line Q4, but we are slightly lowering our estimates to now be in-line with company guidance. The company’s outlook anticipated a year on year decline in Call of Duty, so we do not believe these reduced numbers are at risk.”
Nic Bunce reviewed Advanced Warfare for Continue Play, scoring it a “good” 7/10. “Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is certainly a step in the right direction for the series, but even despite the shift to full-blown sci-fi and the additions made to the multiplayer, it plays things a bit too safe,” he wrote. “That’s sure to be fine for most fans who simply want – and expect – more of the same; but I can’t help but think that, moving forward, the series needs to come up with some more drastic changes to the formula if it wants to maintain its position as the pre-eminent videogame release of the year.”