Call of Duty 4 Modern Warfare 2, the latest hit game from Activision, has overtaken Grand Theft Auto IV as the title with the most sales in the opening weekend for a multi platform video game.
Figures released by Chart Track, the organisation that monitors games sales in the UK, show that more than 1.2 million units of MW2 were sold on the first day of release. This is double what the former champion, Grand Theft Auto IV (GTA IV), grossed over the same period.
It is not known whether the figure excluded pre-order sales which must have run in the hundreds of thousands. Activision has yet to say how many copies of MW2 have been sold worldwide.
Michael Rawlinson, Director General, Entertainment and Leisure Software Publishers Association (ELSPA), stated that “These first day sales figures are astonishing and clear evidence that videogames are now mainstream in the UK"
MW2 has already attracted its fair share of critics after featuring a scene where the player is involved in a massacre of civilians at a fictitious airport. This however will certainly not prevent Activision from scoring a massive hit with this first person shooter.
MW2 might be great but it is unlikely to be the best selling game ever. Actually, to be the best selling game of all time, the main prerequisite is to be available on Nintendo's platforms, either the Wii or the DS because of their wider appeal and a much bigger user base.