Activision reports in with good news, as Call of Duty: Black Ops II sales have reportedly passed the billion-dollar mark.
"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."
Indeed, retail sales reached $1 billion on the 15th day, with legendary Cameron film Avatar reaching that mark in 17 days. Of course there's quite the price difference there, but it's still a mind-blowing comparison. Players have logged over 150 million hours on Xbox Live and the PSN in this iteration of the series, and the team intends to keep on developing.
"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."
Enough about ludicrous sales numbers, though, have you seen what the team at FPS General has been up to? You should go check them out, because between their mega-Black Ops 2 sessions they've been putting together a ridiculously helpful set of guides, tutorials, and videos for their readers.
Call of Duty can be a challenge, particularly for new and casual players.
We've been working around the clock to produce guides, walkthroughs and tutorials that will help you get the most out of your Black Ops 2 experience. The game is meant to be fun but sometimes frustration or confusion can get in the way of that when you find yourself repeatedly being killed with little chance to fight back.
If you've been struggling on a particular map or with a particular weapon, our guides are a great way to step up your game and balance out that kill: death ratio.
What do they have in store for you? Here are a few:
If you're just starting out in Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, this will be a great way to get your feet off the ground. It's important that you start strong, so that when the going gets rough, you don't feel the urge to bail out before getting the hang of things.
These tips and tricks will help you start things off the right way, the first time.
Learning the lay of the land can sometimes mean the difference between a disastrous match and a solid performance. Understanding the type of gameplay that each map in Black Ops 2 supports is important, as sometimes the only reason you aren't succeeding is that you're approaching the map in the wrong way.
Learn where to focus your resources on certain maps, including which area you are going to want to focus your attention. On more than one map, you are going to want to control certain areas, regardless of which game mode you are playing.
Discover these control points and more with our map overviews and flythroughs, learning the map and all of its subtleties before you jump into it headfirst.
Treyarch's infamous Zombies mode is back and, literally, bigger than ever in Black Ops 2. Some of the tried and true gameplay mechanics are still here, including the legendary Survival mode.
In this game mode, you and a group of players online are going to be facing off against literally endless waves of zombies. The horde never lets up, so it's on your shoulders to adapt your skills and develop a smart strategy to help you survive for as long as possible. James has some great tips and tricks for players looking to last as long as possible, including a strong beginning strategy that will help you survive through at least 15 or 20 rounds.
They'll be continuing to pour out content for you guys, so keep checking back at their Black Ops 2 guides section, YouTube channel featuring over 30 videos for Black Ops 2 alone, and of course the main site to stay informed and ready.