Call Of Duty Launch Sales Have Dropped By 40% This Year

Call of Duty launch sales is down by 40% year-on-year following the release of Vanguard last week. But is it really that bad for the series?

As reported by, despite being a fun and accomplished game (in my opinion), Call of Duty: Vanguard has not had the best launch for the series. The data was compiled by GSD (Games Sales Data).

According to the data in the UK, overall sales are down by 40% year-on-year. In 2020, we saw the release of Black Ops Cold War. In terms of physical media, following the launch of Vanguard sales are down by 26%, while digital sales are down by 44%.

It’s not that bad for Call of Duty

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However, while these numbers may seem disappointing at quick glance, it’s not all bad for the series. For example, Vanguard has still managed to become the second-biggest launch of the year so far. Vanguard sits just behind FIFA 22, a yearly chart-topping series.

Furthermore, as of the week ending November 6th, 2021, Vanguard went straight in at number one. As a result, it pushed FIFA 22 as the best-selling game of last week. Taking the remaining top five slots in order include Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, Mario Party Superstars, and GTA 5.

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Have you picked up Call of Duty: Vanguard? If so, we’d love to hear your thoughts across our social media channels. If you want some tips and tricks for the latest Call of Duty instalment, you can check out our extensive guides here.

In our review of Call of Duty: Vanguard, we said its: “another solid entry in the CoD series.” Call of Duty: Vanguard is available now for PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S.


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