Don’t be fooled by the decline, Call of Duty is still the dominant first-person shooter series on the market, and that’s not likely to change anytime soon. However, as reported by VB, the series has experienced a strong decline in sales with Call of Duty: Ghosts. According to Cowen & Company analyst Doug Creutz, the latest entry in the popular franchise sold 19 percent fewer copies than Black Ops II. Despite the game being an overall success, Creutz warned investors that, “upon further reflection, we think the numbers are a bit more troubling than they first appeared.”
“While the year-over-year gap is only 19 percent thus far, that includes two extra weeks of sales for the 360 and PS3 versions of Black Ops II. Against 2011′s Modern Warfare 3, where the difference is only one week, the title is down 32 percent life-to-date.”
Activision responded to investors by warning that sales will be slow due to console transition, and that overall sales will likely fall short of its predecessor, but Creutz doesn’t believe the company is being entirely honest about their projections. “We don’t think it is out of the question that the title could wind up comparing down 20 percent to 25 percent year-over-year,” said Creutz. Although it was the best selling title of last month, Call of Duty: Ghosts may be the turning point for the massive series. Perhaps fans are ready for something new, and a dog isn’t cutting it.