Since autumn began, the biggest question on the tip of everyone's tongue is a simple one: What will be the best-selling game of the year, Red Dead Redemption 2 or Call of Duty: Black Ops 4? The answer, it seems, is already barreling toward the latter, which has already made over $500 million in worldwide sales in just its first three days on market. Comparatively, that's around the same amount Star Wars: The Force Awakens made in its opening (the third highest-grossing opening for a film), which was over $528 million.
Broken down, the $500 million number accounts for "sell-through" sales figures, which include Black Ops 4 on both retail and digital storefronts, as well as its season pass sales. The entry has also already established a new day one record on the PlayStation Store for digital game sales, as well as being "the best-selling Activision Xbox One digital game on day one," according to an Activision press release which cites internal statistics and shared PlayStation data. Even the number of PC players is allegedly double last year's, likely due to its new placement on Blizzard's Battle.net launcher.
Black Ops 4 has also set the record for the most combined players across its modes, and in terms of highest average hours per player and total number of hours played for the three-day stretch. The combined number of all of Black Ops 4 players tops last year's Call of Duty entry, WWII, and the last Black Ops game, Black Ops 3. And the numbers don't halt at people playing the game either, as it's also generated the "highest level of viewership" on Twitch over launch weekend in the franchise's history. I'd credit that to the new battle royale mode Blackout, probably.
Arguably (or perhaps not so arguably), Black Ops 4 is shaping up to be the biggest Call of Duty in quite some time. The series definitely needed it, as the entries pre-WWII received less-than-stellar feedback from some critics and fans alike. It may not have a campaign this year, but that hasn't slowed down Black Ops 4 one bit. Maybe it really isn't that much of a loss at all.