Officials from Activision have announced that developer Infinity Ward’s Call of Duty 2
has sold more than one million units in the U.S. on the Xbox 360, according to data from NPD Funworld.
The World War II themed first person shoot ‘em-up was already the best selling title available at launch in the U.S. and is now officially the best selling title of all time on the format, as well as being the most popular Xbox 360 game on Xbox Live.
Although console launches have traditionally been dominated by first party releases this convention has proven less true in recent years with LucasArts’ Star Wars: Rogue Leader - Rogue Squadron II
(also published by Activision in Europe) proving to be the best selling title at the launch of the GameCube. Sony meanwhile, has rarely relied heavily on first party titles for any of its console launches.
Originally a PC title, the game was ported to the Xbox 360 with the benefit of improved artificial intelligence and other refinements. However, the game initially courted controversy for a poorly implemented multiplayer mode, with Infinity Ward and Activision criticized for responding too slowly with a suitable patch.
“We are proud that Call of Duty 2
is the first title to sell over one million units on the Xbox 360 in the U.S.” said Robin Kaminsky, executive vice president, Activision Publishing. “Activision has made a strong commitment to develop leading franchises for the next-generation consoles and we look forward to continuing that successful strategy with our titles launching on Xbox 360 PlayStation 3 and the Wii this fall.”