A contractual obligation means Call of Duty will remain on PlayStation for at least ten years, despite Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard. But if numbers continue to trend like this, we could foresee the series remaining on Sony’s consoles for a lot longer: an enormous 80 per cent of Modern Warfare 3’s physical copies were purchased on PS5 and PS4 during launch week in the UK.
It’s worth noting that the game was included in a PS5 hardware bundle, and that contributes to these numbers. It should also be reiterated that this only includes boxed copies, so digital data may skew the results in a different way. Still, a ratio of 72 per cent on PS5, eight per cent on PS4, and just 20 per cent on Xbox is pretty imperious to say the least.
On the physical front, sales are down 25 per cent compared to Modern Warfare 2, so it’ll be interesting to see what the numbers look like with digital included as well. Critics are calling this the worst Call of Duty ever, due to a rushed development cycle which saw the publisher transition from an expansion to a full-priced release.