Call of Duty has some of the most passionate fans on the planet, and they have responded to the boots on the ground gameplay that reunited the franchise with its original setting in World War II. Fans have been responding to the cinematic campaign that takes them across the European theater of the war, the innovative multiplayer, and the return to survival horror in Nazi Zombies.
"We challenged our players to get their squads back together and they answered the call, with the highest number of players we’ve ever seen on current gen consoles and PC,” said Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision. “Call of Duty: WWII returns the franchise to its roots and the results are incredible, selling twice as many units in its opening weekend as last year, and setting the day one record for full-game downloads on PlayStation 4. Our $500 million opening weekend was not only bigger than Thor: Ragnarok's, it was bigger than the opening weekends of both Thor and Wonder Woman combined. And we're committed to supporting the community with continuous improvements and new content.”
The dust has only just now begun to settle from Call of Duty: WWII’s launch weekend, which began on November 3, 2017, so let’s look at some of the numbers*:
“Activision has a hit on their hands with the launch of the new Call of Duty: WWII,” said Bob Puzon, senior vice president of Merchandising for GameStop. “Within our stores, we have seen tremendous customer excitement for the new title. Year over year numbers are significantly up in pre-orders and day one sales versus last year.”
What’s important to note about these impressive numbers, is that none of it would be possible without each and every one of you. Our fans are proud of their passion, and we are incredibly excited that they are embracing Call of Duty: WWII. Because when you come right down to it, we’re fans too.
Stay tuned in the coming weeks ahead as players continue to play the game. There’s a lot more in store, including the first DLC Pack, The Resistance. But for now, we need to start climbing the leaderboard of thanking people, and we would like to thank you. Yes, you. We’ll see you on the field.