The NPD Group has announced that Call of Duty was the best-selling console game franchise in 2018 in the US, marking the tenth year in a row that the series has earned the title. In celebration, Activision published a blog post that highlighted the best Call of Duty moments from the past decade, as well as thank fans for playing.
«We’ve been honored over these past 10 years to see the community come together, showcasing some truly incredible moments,» Activision wrote. «Whether it’s jaw-dropping skills, frenetic clips or just some funny experiences, we’re honored to serve the most passionate community around.» The blog post ended with promises that there would be more Call of Duty to expect in 2019, but no exact details were shared.
Activision’s 10-year streak started in 2009 with Modern Warfare 2, before moving on to Black Ops in 2010 and Modern Warfare 2 in 2011. Each following game’s setting would take place in the near- to far future after that, before culminating in battles that take place in space in 2016’s Infinite Warfare. 2017’s WWII brought the series back to its World War roots, before Black Ops 4 once again moved the franchise back to the near-future. Black Ops 4 is the first Call of Duty game to ditch a traditional single-player campaign. Instead, the game included Blackout, a battle royale mode, that has proven to be very popular.
Again, these games weren’t necessarily the top selling games in the US during the year of their release—although some of them could have been. Call of Duty, in general, has just been the best selling franchise on consoles in the US for the past 10 years.
If the established rotation for which developer is assigned for each Call of Duty continues in 2019, then Infinity Ward is up next. Although it has not been confirmed as a Call of Duty teaser, a tweet by Infinity Ward senior communication manager Ashton Williams hints that the next game might be Modern Warfare 4. No concrete details have been announced for 2019’s Call of Duty yet, though.
Also according to the NPD report, Red Dead Redemption 2 was the best-selling game of 2018 in the US, followed by Call of Duty: Black Ops IV, NBA 2K19, Madden NFL 19, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Marvel’s Spider-Man, Far Cry 5, God of War, Monster Hunter: World, and Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey. This data does not include digital PC sales, though, however.