The NPD Data for December 2018 and the entire year 2018 has been released showing the game industry’s result for the year in the United States.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 ended the year as the #2 best selling game based on dollar sales, coming in right behind Red Dead Redemption 2. NPD’s Mat Piscatella stated that the “race to the best-seller position in software was very close” and noted that NPD does not track PC digital sales, meaning the charts do not include Black Ops 4’s Battle.net numbers.
NPD has confirmed that Call of Duty – combining the sales of all actively sold Call of Duty titles tracked by NPD – is the best selling video game franchise in the US for 10th year in a row. Both Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 and Call of Duty: WWII made an appearance on the top 20 chart for the 2018 year. Here’s the chart for the Best Selling Games of 2018 in the US:
For the month of December, Super Smash Bros, the new Nintendo Switch title, was the best selling game of the month and led the Nintendo Switch to become the best selling hardware of the month. The PlayStation 4 ended the year as the best selling hardware overall.
In terms of per platform, surprisingly, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 was actually the best selling game on Xbox One in 2018; on PS4, it was the #2 game behind Red Dead Redemption 2.
Activision has not stated the latest sales numbers for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 since initially announcing the game earned $500 million in its opening weekend. The title was the #1 best selling game in October, followed by becoming the best selling title of the year through November.
COD 2020 Teasers: Black Ops 4 Summit map, Treyarch social profile
As we opened our new crates that Activision sent through, Black Ops 4’s Summit map got an update.
The screens in the center of the map in Black Ops 4 turned on which seem to match to what some of our slides show:
There’s also a look at clocks of 4 out of the 5 locations that some of us got as part of the slides to see:
These changes do appear to be new, especially the screens with the targets on them. Analyzing older images of the maps showcase that the screens were not showing the same thing.
In addition, Treyarch has updated their cover photo on social channels.
It’s getting cold out there…
Gameplay from Black Ops 4’s canceled campaign mode revealed
A user on Reddit, r/BlackOps4, has shared what appears to be the very first footage of gameplay from the canceled campaign mode of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, which released in October 2018, was the first Call of Duty game to not have a traditional campaign mode, instead opting to have three online-based modes.
Treyarch insisted throughout the year that they really didn’t have plans for a campaign and were focusing on an online connected experience for Black Ops 4, but many reports and sources described the campaign as being too ambitious and canceled because of issues with development.
On Reddit, a user has shared about two minutes of alpha footage of the gameplay of Black Ops 4’s campaign. The campaign, in alpha-state footage (meaning its not complete), had a very similar HUD to the MP experience of Black Ops 4. The user claims that the campaign and MP were supposed to be connected, and that’s why the HUD is so similar.
The gameplay starts by showing a message of “FIND THE AQUILUS CEO.”
Here’s the gameplay footage:
The user who posted this has not said where they got this gameplay footage as of now. He said he only has this footage, alongside an augmented footage of the engine of BO4, which he is not releasing at this time.
Double XP live in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 through February 6
To celebrate the big game this weekend, Treyarch is activating Double XP Quad Feed in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 this weekend – starting now.
Live in game now is:
- 2XP in MP
- 2XP in Zombies
- 2XP Party Game Moshpit
All of this is live in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 on PS4, Xbox One, and PC. This is live through February 6 at 10AM PT.
For those still enjoying Black Ops 4, enjoy a new XP weekend!
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