With a Call of Duty game dropping every year and Rockstar taking the better part of a decade to release a new Red Dead Redemption, it seemed like a safe bet which big game this month fans are most excited for, which is why this recent survey is so surprising.
The Nielsen Group recently constructed a survey to determine the most highly anticipated games coming out this holiday season. Despite the massive hype that seems to be surrounding the launch of Red Dead Redemption 2 this year, the survey found that gamers are actually looking forward to Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 slightly more than RDR2.
The survey designates each major release a number out of 100, based on consumer anticipation for it. Black Ops 4 leads the Multiplatform category with a rank of 99, while Red Dead Redemption 2 trails closely behind with 97 in the same category. The only game beating out Black Ops 4 is Marvel’s Spider-Man, which stands alone in the PS4-exclusive category with a rank of 100, while both Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Super Mario Party also beat out RDR2. The ranking of the survey’s top five games can be found below.
- Marvel’s Spider-Man – 100 (PS4)
- Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 – 99 (Multiplatform)
- Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – 98 (Switch)
- Super Mario Party – 98 (Switch)
- Red Dead Redemption 2 – 97 (Multiplatform)
While this ranking may come as a surprise, it actually aligns with sales predictions made by an analyst firm earlier this summer. According to firm Piper Jaffray, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is expected to sell more in the fourth quarter of 2018 than Red Dead Redemption 2.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is dropping October 12th, and Red Dead Redemption 2 comes out October 26th. Both games will launch on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, but only Black Ops 4 is launching on PC.