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Next MW2 Map Pack, Resurgence, To Hit XBL In June

Activision has revealed a June 3 Xbox Live launch date for the next Modern Warfare 2 map pack, the second in a pair developed by Infinity Ward -- and the studio's last known release related to the brand.
Activision has revealed a June 3 launch date for the next Modern Warfare 2 map pack, the second in a pair developed by Infinity Ward -- and the last known deliverable from the studio related to the Call of Duty franchise. The five-map package is titled Resurgence, and like its sales smash Stimulus Package, it will enjoy a period of Xbox Live exclusivity. Stimulus Package, priced at $15, sold 1 million units on Xbox Live on day one, and over 2.5 million in its first week. Signal Hill analyst Todd Greenwald recently estimated that Stimulus Package's 2.5 map packs equated to $26 million in net revenue and about $11 million in operating income for Activision. CEO Bobby Kotick, stressing the importance of DLC to the company's revenue strategy, recently said close to 17 million map packs for Call of Duty games have been sold to date -- and that's not including Stimnulus Package. Greenwald called the consumer response to Stimulus Package "overwhelming", and suggested that Modern Warfare 2 DLC could move 10 million units altogether by the end of this year. However, the analyst based his estimate on a prediction that the second Modern Warfare 2 content pack would not launch until the fall.

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