Video game history has been made. Just 16 days after its release, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 reached $1 billion in sales. Released by Activision on Nov. 8, the game not only hit that milestone faster than any other video game in history (Modern Warfare 2 needed 60 days ), it also got there faster than any movie, hitting $1 billion a day sooner than the 2009 blockbuster Avatar. To date, the Call of Duty franchise has brought in around $6 billion.
This level of popularity means that no other game has a more active multiplayer community than Modern Warfare 3. To date, more than six million players have registered for the game. Modern Warfare 3 does a great job of allowing players to hone their skills in the single-player campaign before taking on their buddies in multiplayer.
The franchise’s popularity is good news for gamers who enjoy adrenaline-laced first-person shooters. According to Activision, the next Call of Duty game is currently in development for a 2012 release—and multiple related projects are in the works.
If you’re one of the few gamers who hasn’t caught Modern Warfare fever yet, now is a great time to check out the game. Catch up on our Call of Duty coverage with our impressions of the game as well as interviews with Baltimore Ravens nose tackle Terrence Cody and St. Louis Rams wide receiver Brandon Lloyd.