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Black Ops 2 Sales Down 14 Percent Year-on-Year in U.S.

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Posted on December 10, 2012 AT 03:00am

Sales of Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 are down around 14 percent compared to last year’s entry on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, according to latest NPD figures.

The total number of units sold in the first month totaled 7.4 million, putting it around 14 percent behind Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3‘s total of 8.8 million, during the first month. However, it should be noted that Black Ops 2 had less days on the market than Modern Warfare 3 when these figures were taken, due to the release date timing.

Activision announced last week that Black Ops 2 had grossed $1 billion in just 15 days, a day quicker than Modern Warfare 3 managed it. Call of Duty sales have been rising steadily year-on-year with Modern Warfare 3 managing a 10 percent increase over the original Black Ops in 2010/11.

Does this drop prove the analysts right? Is Call of Duty finally losing ground? If you solely base your opinion on Black Ops 2 then yes, the series is starting to falter, however the only way to know for sure is to wait for the next entry to release, if that entry sees another decline then the writing is on the wall.

Is the series in decline? Share your thoughts below.

Matthew Bennett, Associate Editor
Matthew Bennett has only been covering the gaming world for a short while, but he’s eager to make his mark. An ability to go many hours without sleep and a quick wit make him ideal for his role as associate editor at EGMNOW.com. He often thinks back to the days when the very idea of this career seemed like nothing but an impossible dream. Follow him on Twitter @mattyjb89. Meet the rest of the crew.

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