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Analysts predict the game will sell 5 million copies the first day

The global economy may still be poor, but some categories are doing well despite the economic downturn. One of those categories is video games. One of the most anticipated video game launches of all times is set to happen this week with a new game called Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.

The game is set to hit stores Tuesday and analysts are predicting massive sales for the game. Activision has a lot riding on the launch according to Reuters. Some analysts expect the game to count for as much as 16 cents of Activision's earnings per share for the December quarter.

MKM Partners analyst Eric Handler said, "This is the one game that could buck the economic trend for the holiday season."

The game will sell for about $60 per copy and Activision is partnering with 12 retailers including GameStop and Best Buy to hold over 10,000 midnight launch events across the country. Estimates peg sales for the game at 11 to 13 million units by the end of 2009. Activision CEO Robert Kotick expects the game to be one of the biggest media launches of any kind of all time.

Handler expects that the game will sell about 5 million units on the first day of sales and a total of 7 to 8 million games the first week. Those sales numbers would put the game ahead of last year's top title, Grand Theft Auto IV. The game will carry an M rating for violence and blood. Some of the most popular aspects of the Call of Duty franchise centers around the multiplayer aspects of the game, which the new version is sure to have.

GameStop executive VP Tony Bartel said, "By all indicators, we anticipate 'Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2' will be the biggest entertainment launch of 2009, as well as the biggest video game launch in GameStop's history."

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By invidious on 11/9/2009 2:45:27 PM , Rating: 2
Once concoles have a keyboard and mouse then switching might be a viable option. I feel bad for anyone who thinks playing a shooter on a concole is a real shooter. Mouse vs controller is like joystick vs dpad, there is no comparison. But using proper I/O devices would only make it more apparent that concoles are just gimped PCs, so it wont happen.

But I imagine that in a few years the xbox will just have windows on it and its games will be one and the same with pc gaming.

By BansheeX on 11/9/2009 7:06:00 PM , Rating: 3
Yeah, certain genres benefit immensely from KB/Mouse. Once consoles embrace that truth and include both input types, the PC model just doesn't appeal to me anymore. The console model is a model of certainty for developers and users. PC developers can't utilize the latest media format or the latest GPU tech because they fear lost sales from people with older hardware. Users can jump right into consoles very cheaply compared to PC, never have to worry about driver issues or configuration problems, or background bloatware/viruses affecting something.

By realmp06 on 11/9/2009 7:20:48 PM , Rating: 3
I don't know if consoles will ever have keyboards, but there is a possibility there could be one (Xbox 360 has keypad). For instance, if MS decided to use their keypad to have certain buttons do certain things in sequence, that could be something new.

However, I don't think this is a liable option, because MS is investing their money into this motion game thing I can't remember off the top of my head. lol.

By Akrovah on 11/9/2009 7:55:06 PM , Rating: 2
I think the more pressing reason consoles don't have much in the way of KB/M input is simple usage model. Console typically connect to a TV, you use them from your couch. Where do you put the Mouse and Keyboard?

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