Call Of Duty needs a new console generation to break more sales records

Analysts not optimistic that Black Ops II will continue to break records for COD series

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.


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