Activision has shared its financial results for the first quarter of 2020. Despite the coronavirus pandemic, the first quarter of the year has been a successful one for the publisher, and its latest Call of Duty title in particular, Modern Warfare, has been performing especially well.
According to Activision, Modern Warfare has “sold through more units and has more players than any prior Call of Duty title at this point after its release.” Moreover, the publisher says Modern Warfare’s sell-through in the first quarter was “the highest for the franchise outside of a launch quarter.”
Sales of Modern Warfare “accelerated” in March, thanks in part to the launch of its standalone battle royale mode, Warzone. Although it can be downloaded and played for free even if you don’t own Modern Warfare, the game supports cross-progression with MW, so Operators, weapons, and other content you’ve unlocked in that title can be used in Warzone, and progress you make in Warzone will carry back over into MW.
Warzone itself has likewise been a big success for Activision thus far. Warzone hit 15 million players within its first week, and Activision says the mode has now reached 60 million players since launch.
Modern Warfare developer Infinity Ward will roll out a new update for the game this week that will introduce a new mode called Demolition, as well as new playlists. The studio is also holding a limited-time double XP event. Until May 8, players will be able to earn twice the usual amount of XP, weapon XP, and battle pass XP in Modern Warfare and Warzone.
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