'Call of Duty' Franchise Sets Record, Earning Over $3B in Past Year

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War

The Santa Monica-based publisher noted that 200 million people played the action-shooter games in 2020 alone.

Video game publisher Activision Blizzard revealed on Friday that the Call of Duty franchise has set a new record by surpassing $3 billion in net bookings over the last 12 months.

This milestone was reached thanks to the November release of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, which is available on the Xbox Series X/S and the PlayStation 5, as well as the continued success of Modern Warfare and Warzone, the free-to-play online game that has surpassed 85 million players since its launch in March.

Call of Duty: Mobile remains a high driver of player engagement, with Activision sharing in its third-quarter report that the title was the highest-grossing game in U.S. app stores since last October.

This year alone, the Santa Monica-based publisher noted that 200 million people played Call of Duty. Activision further noted that year-to-date increases include net bookings up over 80 percent, while units sold through are up 40 percent year-over-year.

"The momentum over the last year across the Call of Duty ecosystem from free-to-play Warzone as well as post-launch support of Modern Warfare, and now to Black Ops Cold War has been incredible," said Byron Beede, executive vp and general manager, Call of Duty, Activision.

He continued, "This is the next great chapter in Black Ops with an amazing campaign, an all-new zombies experience and, of course, high-octane multiplayer. Launch is only the beginning. We are focused on building a continuous pipeline featuring a tremendous amount of free, post-launch content and events across the franchise."

Activision's other recent releases include the World of Warcraft expansion Shadowlands, which builds upon the world and characters of the long-running massively multiplayer online role-playing game.