Between now and the end of the year, there are a slew of ridiculous titles being released, all begging for your time and money. And while you might have your theories about which game will be the big winner in the sales department, Janco Partners’ Mike Hickey believes that Infinity Ward’s highly anticipated Modern Warfare 2 will force the surrender of all comers this holiday season.
As Gamasutra reports, Hickey predicts that MW2, “will likely be the largest video game release for [calendar year] 2009.” Hickey goes on to say that by the end of December, the game will have sold 11.1 million units, generating around $803 million in sales. That’s an increase of around 4 million units when compared to Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. The increase will most likely have to do with the fact that, as Hickey points out, “the combined Xbox 360 and PS3 installed base for US and Europe has grown 125 percent and 200 percent, respectively since Modern Warfare’s November '07 release.”
And if that wasn’t enough MW2 domination for you, Hickey says that he and his fellow analysts expect the game will be one of the largest entertainment releases of all time (No real surprise there), and it has the potential to possibly do over $338 million in worldwide sales in just its first day of release. Now that's a bold prediction, but if any game has the potential to make it happen, it is most certainly MW2.
What do you think? Will Modern Warfare 2 take the cash crown? Or will the presence of so many quality titles impinge upon its ability to utterly dominate the marketplace?