Call Of Duty needs a new console generation to break more sales records
Analyst Colin Sebastian of RW Baird believes that Call Of Duty will be unable to break any more sales records until a new generation of console hardware arrives.
Sebastian believes that Black Ops II will probably match the sales of Modern Warfare 2 but is unlikely to go beyond that especially given that Halo 4 will be out around the same time.
His conclusion was this, "Overall, I think games like Call of Duty need new console hardware - developers are working with 7-year-old technology in an environment when tablets and smart TVs will soon be just as powerful."
Wedbush Morgan's perennially vocal analyst Michael Pachter has a similar opinion. He said on the Call Of Duty series as a whole, "I don't think Modern Warfare 3 is going to sell more than the last Black Ops, so I doubt that this one will break a record. I think that Call of Duty is a phenomenon, selling way more than 20 million units annually, and it's unrealistic to think that number can grow meaningfully with each annual release."
Call Of Duty: Black Ops II is due out on PS3, Xbox 360 and PC on November 13th and while it is setting new pre-order records it remains to be seen whether its sales can match up to its predecessors.