Activision's Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
has hit 25 million active multiplayer users, Infinity Ward's Robert Bowling revealed on his Twitter
The title has racked up over $1 billion in retail sales and sold close to 12 million units
, breaking entertainment records. It saw an unprecedented launch
, pulling in $550 million in its first five days.
Bowling also said that new details on upcoming downloadable content for Modern Warfare 2
are set to emerge soon. His announcement marked the first comments from Bowling -- normally a vocal spokesperson -- since legal trouble erupted between Infinity Ward's co-founders and publisher Activision.
Modern Warfare 2
is now at the center of contention between Infinity Ward co-founders Jason West and Vince Zampella and Activision; the publisher fired the pair, alleging breach of contract and "insubordination", and the co-founders have counter-sued for wrongful termination.
Amid the brouhaha, Activision announced new plans for the Call of Duty
franchise, creating its own business unit for it -- the next installment will be developed by the newly-founded Sledgehammer Games, while new downloadable content is still expected from Infinity Ward. The future of the Modern Warfare
brand specifically, however, remains unclear.