The shift back to a World War II setting seems to be paying off for Call of Duty.
In a press release issued yesterday, Activision claims that Call of Duty: WWII, which was released this past Friday, has sold twice as many units as last year’s iteration, Infinite Warfare, did at launch. The publisher did not provide sales figures, however.
Activision said that WWII “set a record as the best-selling digital full game by units sold on its first day of availability,” on the PlayStation 4. The press release also makes the claim that WWII’s opening day sales figures also beat out Thor: Ragnarok and Wonder Woman’s opening weekend earnings combined (it should be noted that the base edition of Call of Duty sells for $59.99 USD, while the average price of a movie ticket is around $9.00.)
Call of Duty WWII’s success is great news for Activision and the Call of Duty franchise specifically. In February of this year, the publisher held a disappointing earnings call with investors, in which Activision chief operating officer Thomas Tipple said 2016’s Infinite Warfare had “underperformed,” noting that, “it’s clear that for a portion of our audience, the [game’s] space setting just didn’t resonate.”
Since Activision didn’t provide sales figures, it’s difficult to gauge how well WWII is performing in comparison to other Call of Duty titles. That being said, the game is not only eclipsing Infinite Warfare commercially but critically as well, with a Metacritic score of 80 based on 51 reviews from critics.