Call of Duty is the number one console franchise of the decade, despite launching more or less exactly the same game every year and everybody promising they’re not going to buy it this time

Activision has announced that its Call of Duty series has been the biggest selling franchise on console for ten consecutive years now, according to market research corp NPD Group, with 2018’s Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 maxing out the accounting department’s sales sums by the end of the year. Those stats are based on US sales, although I’d expect there’s not much difference globally if you exclude whatever is big in Japan, China, and Korea (Starcraft, probably?).

For those of you keeping count, the list includes:

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 (2018)
  • Call of Duty: WWII (2017)
  • Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare (2016)
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops III (2015)
  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (2014)
  • Call of Duty: Ghosts (2013)
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops II (2012)
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (2011)
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops (2010)
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2009)

The “franchise” thing is important, however, because by other metrics, Grand Theft Auto V actually beat out Call of Duty: Ghosts for most sales in 2013. But Rockstar doesn’t release a new Grand Theft Auto game annually, so here we are.

I guess this means we’ll get a new Call of Duty game in 2019. Pretend to be surprised.

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