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Post by Eorl @ 11:38am 28/10/14 | 7 Comments
Analysts at Cowen And Company have examined Amazon's pre-order tallies for the upcoming Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare and have concluded that the game will probably continue the series' trend of declining returns.

"Advanced Warfare is now pacing almost 40 percent behind last year's Ghosts and almost 70 percent behind 2012's Black Ops 2," the analysts note. "We continue to believe CoD will be down meaningfully vs. last year. With the franchise facing two consecutive significant year on year declines in sales, we think it is prudent to assume it has peaked."

Cowen And Company preemptively argues against the idea that pre-orders are no longer a determinant of total sales by pointing out that 2014 has seen the record for most-preordered game broken twice, first by Watch Dogs then by Destiny. Clearly people are pre-ordering games, the analysts believe, but it appears that the Call of Duty series - which normally accounts for "a significant percentage of overall preorders" - is no longer attracting pre-order cash at the same rate it did even as recently as three years ago.

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is out November 4th for PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One and Xbox 360.

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Posted 11:58am 28/10/14
That's odd, I have ignored Call of Duty since Modern Warfare 3 and even I am considering picking this one up (waiting for AusGamers review of course :P). I can't believe sales are even behind Ghost :S
Posted 12:13pm 28/10/14
What I have notice in the last two years is that alot of Console Gamers are starting to buy computers to play games like DOTA 2 and LoL. I think FPS community is getting bored and moving genre. Right now i Play DOTA 2 and CS:Go
Posted 12:18pm 28/10/14
Meanwhile CSGO is seeing a continued surge in player numbers, up and up it goes, for the past 2 years it has been increasing.

Pretty sure Valve is making am mint through the Marketplace Sales, which will only continue to grow as competitive gaming grows. People bet weapon skins/dota items on matches.. they hit the marketplace up to fuel that fire..

last edited by Tollaz0r! at 12:18:19 28/Oct/14
Posted 12:31pm 28/10/14
Ghosts probably damaged people's faith in the brand a bit I reckon, it definitely seemed to be the worst received COD for a while
Posted 02:38pm 28/10/14
Maybe people just aren't pre-ordering it and waiting until the reviews come in? I smell a review embargo...
Posted 05:48pm 28/10/14
Just heard its already leaked. haha
Posted 06:34pm 28/10/14
Im really looking forward to this COD, ghosts was pretty s***, hopefully the PC numbers are favourable to getting good pinged games, unless of course theres dedicated servers. otherwise might slog it out on xbone.
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