Con il comunicato stampa che vi presentiamo di seguito in lingua originale, il publisher Activision ha annunciato che il titolo Call of Duty: Black Ops II ha conseguito un notevole record dal punto di vista commerciale, facendo registrare il superamento della soglia rappresentata da un miliardo di copie vendute in 15 giorni (precisiamo che il volume di copie vendute è esteso a tutto il mondo; inoltre, il game è stato lanciato lo scorso 13 novembre).
Call of Duty: Black Ops II ha quindi superato la già notevole performance di Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, per restare nell'ambito videoludico, e di Avatar, per passare a quello cinematografico, che hanno conseguito il medesimo traguardo rispettivamente in 16 e 17 giorni dal lancio, avvenuto nel 2011 per Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 e nel 2009 per Avatar.
Ricordiamo che Call of Duty: Black Ops II è disponibile in quattro edizioni finalizzate al supporto delle principali piattaforme di gioco oggi sul mercato, ovvero le console Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 e Wii U, e i PC che eseguono Windows.
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Activision Publishing, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI), announced today that Call of Duty: Black Ops II has crossed the $1 billion mark in worldwide retail sales, according to Chart-Track retail customer sell-through information and internal company estimates. Illustrating the strong appeal of interactive entertainment to audiences worldwide, the game achieved this milestone in just 15 days after its launch on November 13, 2012. Last year’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare3 reached $1 billion in retail sales in 16 days. The box office record set for feature films in 2009 by "Avatar" was $1 billion in 17 days¹.
"The release of Call of Duty has been one of the most significant entertainment events of each of the last six years," said Bobby Kotick, CEO of Activision Blizzard. "Since Call of Duty was launched, cumulative franchise revenues from players around the world are greater than current worldwide box office receipts to date for the top-10 grossing films of 2012 combined. Life-to-date sales for the Call of Duty franchise have exceeded worldwide theatrical box office receipts for ‘Harry Potter’ and ‘Star Wars,’ the two most successful movie franchises of all time."
Since the game’s launch, more than 150 million hours have been logged online playing Call of Duty: Black Ops II on Xbox LIVE and PlayStation Network.
"Entertainment franchises that captivate audiences for as long as Call of Duty has, on the scale that Call of Duty has, are very rare things. And it takes a lot of brilliant people working across many different disciplines to make it happen. It is incredibly humbling and gratifying to be a part of," said Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision Publishing. "In order for Call of Duty to remain the entertainment juggernaut that it is, and keep our fans coming back for more, we need to continue to bring fresh ideas and new innovations to the table every time, while always staying true to what people fell in love with in the first place. That’s what we did with Call of Duty: Black Ops II, and that’s what we intend to keep on doing. This is an incredible milestone for an incredible franchise, and I want to thank every passionate, talented, committed person on our team who made it happen."
Call of Duty: Black Ops II is available at retail locations worldwide on the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation3 computer entertainment system, Wii U game system from Nintendo and Windows PC. The game is rated "M" (Mature – Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Strong Language, Suggestive Themes, Use of Drugs – content suitable for persons ages 18 and older) by the ESRB.
¹According to screenrant.com
Source: Activision Press Release
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