The seemingly more troubled part of the Activision Blizzard union have proudly announced NPD Group's recent numbers, which claim that Call of Duty has become the best-selling console franchise in the US for the tenth year running.
Activision thanked the fans as the milestone would not have been possible without a decade of their support, which, of course, includes the latest instalment in the series - Call of Duty: Black Ops 4.
"Together, we've battled from the Favelas to Nuketown; served in an elite task force and as a CIA operative; and led our squad in the 1st infantry division", they wrote.
Just in case a decade of Call of Duty didn't make you feel old yet, here's a list of the titles that led up to Activision's new milestone:
- Modern Warfare 2, 2009
- Black Ops, 2010
- Modern Warfare 3, 2011
- Black Ops II, 2012
- Ghosts, 2013
- Advanced Warfare, 2014
- Black Ops III, 2015
- Infinite Warfare, 2016
- WWII, 2017
- Black Ops 4, 2018
Activision said they're grateful for having "the most passionate community around" and promised that their focus on 2019 means that they're just getting started.
This would indeed fit with Activision and Treyarch's narrative that they want to make Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 the best-supported game they've ever delivered. We'd normally disregard this as mere PR talk but the two did seem to go out of their way to hire Beenox to take care of the PC version.
Of course, the fact that we're thankful for not getting a half-assed PC port, i.e. fake work paid for with real money, speaks volumes of how Activision and Treyarch treated Call of Duty enthusiasts but that part, at least, seems to be over.
The issue of CoD's substandard PC ports turns downright insulting when considering that the franchise started its career on the PC but it also explains why Call of Duty's latest milestone is strictly about consoles. Hopefully, Beenox manage to change this trend in the future.
You can find Activision's announcement on their official website here.