Black Ops pre-orders beating Modern Warfare 2′s

July 13th, 2010

In the history of gaming industry Modern Warfare 2 was one of the most pre-ordered games. According to statistics claimed by various online retailers, more than 150 people pre-ordered MW2 every minute.

The recent news from Treyarch is more exciting. It confirms that Activision’s latest Call of Duty title named Call of Duty: Black Ops is beating Modern Warfare 2 in matters of pre-orders.

Evan Wilson, analyst of Pacific Crest Securities, said that sources within the retail has confirmed that CoD: Black Ops is beating MW2 in terms of pre-orders, even though the release of the game is months away.

He also added that the pre-order of Black Ops may reach 12 million units. The previous estimat was 10 million.

It is good that Black Ops does good pre-orders because analyst believes that due to various reasons this game won’t beat MW2 in terms of sales. The reason behind this is “Competition, weaker marketing, and the Infinity Ward situation.”

Anyway, it is sure that Call of Duty: Black Ops would beat the largest entertainment launch in history says analyst.

Well, let us wait till November 9th to know all these claims.

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New playlists exclude Killstreak and add party chat

June 28th, 2010

A pair of new playlists has been added to the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 by studio Infinity Ward. These new playlists have removed the killstreak rewards and add party chat.
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The game options is yet to be released on PlayStation 3 and PC. Only Xbox Live players have been blessed.

July 6 is the possible date of its release alongside with the debut of Resurgence Pack DLC. Detailed information can be availed from the blog of Robert Bowling, the community manager of Infinity Ward.

The first playlist is named as Barebones Pro. This will be featuring Team Deathmatch and Free-For-All game types. The other one is Objective Barebones Pro that includes match types Domination, Demolition, Capture the Flag and Headquarters Pro. Up to eight and twelve players can play in both the lists.

Killstreak are the perks players that are receied after notching certain amount of kills in a row. The rewards are from a Predator missile strike or else from a helicopter attack to a nuke which immediately ends the game.

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Vocalist Shadows to play Modern Warfare 2 on July 1

June 25th, 2010

Avenged Sevenfold rock band’s vocalist M. Shadows will be visiting the Xbox Live and will play Gold Members in Modern Warfare 2.
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So, upgrade your Gold Member now if you are not yet and join the vocalist on July 1, 5.00 P.M. ET onwards.

Just you need to send a friend request to the below given gamertag and try to be online 30 minutes before the Game:

Avenged7x GwF

Want to hear sound of Avenged Sevenfold?

Check the music videos of the band that is available on Zune Marketplace on Xbox LIVE.

Xbox Live Game With Fame with Avenged Sevenfold

•Date: Thursday, July 1, 2010
•Time: 5PM – 7PM EST / 2PM – 4PM PST
•Game: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
•Gamertag: Avenged7x GwF (space between Avenged7x and GwF

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Modern Warfare 2 gets 2 new multiplayer playlists

June 22nd, 2010

Modern Warfare 2 gets two new multiplayer playlists. With these two playlists gamers can now play public matches without any killstreaks.
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The Barebones Pro consists of FFA and TDM and the Objective Barbones Pro consists of Domination, Demolition, HQ Pro, and Capture the Flag.

Only Xbox Live users are facilitated with this update, but soon the PlayStation 3 and PC users will also get the updates alongside the Resurgence Package DLC that is coming on July 6th.

In Barbones Pro 4 to 8 players can play where as in the Objective Barbones it is up to twelve players. .

Barebones Pro:

Play Team Deathmatch and Free-for-All. All Killstreak rewards are disabled.

Players: 4-8

*Xbox LIVE Party Chat allowed

Objective Barebones Pro:

Play Domination, Demolition, HQ Pro, and Capture the Flag. All Killstreaks rewards are disabled.

Players: 8-12

*Xbox LIVE Party Chat allowed.

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Modern Warfare 2 sales crosses 20 million mark

June 15th, 2010

One more milestone for Modern Warfare 2. Its sales crossed 20 million units worldwide. Speaking at the E3 investor conference, Thomas Tippl, CFO of Activision, said: “Modern Warfare 2 has sold more than 20m units against an install base of 55m on Xbox 360 and PS3.”
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20 million copies? Woah.

Now Modern Warfare 2 is very close to some of the best-selling games of all-time. Those are:

New Super Mario Bros – 22,490,000

Nintendogs – 23,260,000

Mario Kart Wii – 22,550,000

Wii Play – 27,380,000

Wii Fit – 22,610,000

Activision’s CEO Bobby Kotick said on the occasion that CoD franchise has “reached life-to-date revenues of $3bn.”

We also know that this Infinity Ward developed title had the biggest opening week of all time. Guinness Book of world Records labeled it as “The Most Successful Entertainment Launch of All Time.”

Let us wait and watch what Call of Duty: Black Ops does.

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Resurgence Pack coming on PS3 and PC

June 13th, 2010

Modern Warfare 2 fans may be happy to know that “Resurgence Pack” will be hitting the PS3 and PC on July 6th.
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The pack is price tagged at $15 and it adds five maps to the game. Those are as mentioned below:

Fuel
Gamers will see an oil refinery site and it is the largest yet seen in MW2. The location is separated between two buildings and the design of it encourages a focus on rooftop sniping. It is even a window-to-window combat.

Trailer Park
This map is smaller than the Fuel one. The location is around a variety of motor homes and picnic tables. One will see numerous corridors and choke point in it.

Carnival
The map is on abandoned fairgrounds. In it the rides and attractions are left to rust. Gamers will see here themed areas that range from futuristic to medieval. One can use castles and rocket ships type of landmarks to coordinate their efforts.

Strike
This map features a Mideast setting. It has some of the reasonably frantic urban combat.

Vacant
This map is set in an abandoned Russian office complex. The popularity of this map peaked in the original Modern Warfare.

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Will Black Ops Sales Be Fast As MW2

May 31st, 2010

In US alone ten million copies of Modern Warfare 2 has been sold, though there was too much of trash talk and controversy. It seems that the developers is running off to join Respawn. Activision are in the hope of doing the same with Call of Duty: Black Ops.
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Cowen and Company does some prediction for the Black Ops. The game is going to be released by November and it has even started charting in some territories due to the pre-orders.

Well, the main question here is that can Black Ops sale be as fast as Modern Warfare 2, which has hit 4.7 million sales in just 24 hours after its release last year on November 10. Within four months the sales of its had hit ten million milestone.

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Preview video of second map pack

May 25th, 2010

Only a week left for the second map pack inbound to hits the Xbox LIVE Marketplace and fans will start downloading it like crazy. Here is a preview video that depicts the gameplay on the new maps.

To celebrate the new maps launch, on May 28th and on June 4th players can earn double the experience points in the multiplayer. Till now, though, no new Avatar items announced to have a tie with the launch.

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Play N Trade Awards Champion of MW2 tournament

May 20th, 2010

Play N Trade Franchise, Inc, is announced Evan Williams of Monroe, NY as the champion of International Modern Warfare 2 Tournament on May 15.
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Evan Williams, 16-year-old, has been playing the game since its release last year in November but he did not had any much experience in tournament play before he was announced champion.

He said, “I had played in a few local tournaments at the Play N Trade in Chester, NY when the owner told me I should enter the international tournament… It was a great feeling to win with my family and friends there to support me, especially during that last, tough match.”

Todd Finley, the owner of Play N Trade, said: “Overall the tournament was a great success… Many of the people watching had never experienced an event like this in a video game store. It was definitely an intense atmosphere.”

He further added, “Evan was very happy not only to win but to show how well he can play his favorite game… We couldn’t be happier that a local gamer took the international prize and represented Chester.”

Contestants in the International Tournament were comprised of the best players from over 150 Play N Trade stores across the U.S. and Canada.

The first prize package included $500 store credit, an Xbox 360 Elite bundle along with a G8 shirt, a Steel Series Siberia V2 headset and a pair of Gunnar gaming glasses valued at $1300. 2nd, 3rd and 4th place candidates also received prizes.

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Activision’s Q1 profits doubled

May 16th, 2010

Activision still is cashing its effort of Modern Warfare 2. The company reported recently that its profit doubled in first quarter and revenue shot up by 33 percent.
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Robert Kotick, Chief Executive Officer, said in an interview: “The results definitely speak for themselves… Our key franchises are performing.”

The publisher posted a profit of $381 million in the quarter ended March 31.

Modern Warfare 2 generated about a sales of $1.3 billion across the world. It became the best selling of the publisher of all time.

The Stimulus Package, add-on of MW2, sold 1 million copies on one day, March 30, when it was released for download on Xbox Live. At $15 it generated $10.5 million in a single day.

Analyst Colin Sebastian said, “Activision’s game franchises are pretty healthy in spite of what’s happening with Infinity Ward… The impression was that things were falling off track, but for now Call of Duty remains strong.” Sebastian is an analyst with Lazard Capital Markets.

In a recent management turmoil the publisher lost around three dozens key talent at Infinity Ward studio. In March the company fired two top executives who in return sued the publisher for allegedly withholding royalties from MW2′s sale. Following this other talents who made MW2 started resigning.

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