No one was expecting the follow-up – “Call of Duty: Black
Ops – to match those numbers, but a comment today from a GameStop executive
might have some people rethinking their estimates.
Pre-orders for the game – which doesn’t hit shelves for
another month – are tracking ahead of “Modern Warfare 2,” a very encouraging
sign for investors who were worried that the departure of two key executives at
the publisher’s Infinity Ward studio would have a negative impact on sales.
(Infinity Ward isn’t making “Black Ops”. Another internal studio,
Treyarch, was long ago set to release this year’s version of the franchise.)
“GameStop is tracking to all-time, record reservations on
Call of Duty: Black Ops. We are ahead of where we were with Call of Duty:
Modern Warfare 2 last year, which previously set the industry standard,”
said Bob McKenzie, SVP of merchandising, GameStop.
Should be real interesting to see those opening sales
numbers now. The game goes on sale on Nov. 9.