According to Activision’s latest reports, Call of Duty: WWII and Destiny 2 are the top-selling games in North America based on revenue.
The latest Call of Duty entry has surpassed $1 billion in sales worldwide since its launch in November, making it the best-selling game this year in the U.S., Activision said, citing NPD, GfK/GSD and Activision internal estimates through October 2017. Call of Duty is also now the top-selling video game franchise for nine consecutive years in North America (based on revenue) and the top-selling series worldwide for eight out of those same nine consecutive years.
Of course, best selling by revenue doesn’t mean best selling in terms of copies sold. You might recall that neither Call of Duty WWII or Destiny 2 being on any kind of major sales through the Black Friday/Cyber Monday madness. Both games were also part of console bundles for Xbox and PS4 systems.
According to The NPD Group, Call of Duty: WWII is November’s best-selling game. Meanwhile, Bungie’s Destiny 2 is the second highest-selling 2017 game based on revenue and is also Activision’s biggest PC launch ever based on units sold. The sequel has now outsold 2014’s Destiny — which, given Destiny‘s chaotic launch, isn’t a major surprise. Destiny 2 is also the first game Activision has launched through Blizzard’s Battle.net platform, which could account for the higher-than-average sales.
But really, this news should come as a shock to no one. Call of Duty has been a blockbuster staple franchise for decades. With COD WWII returning the series to its familiar WWII setting with a typical story and Destiny 2‘s hype train lasting for about six months which culminated in a game that was far more put together in just about every way from the original these results are pretty much as expected.
And if all that wasn’t enough, Activision’s Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy is the top-selling remaster in PlayStation 4 history. Since its launch in June earlier this year, the game continues to remain among the top 10 selling PS4 titles in the U.S. for 2017 (based on units sold).