“Infinite Warfare” Is 2016’s Best-Selling Game…Sort Of

Activision has announced that, even in spite of a serious drop-off compared to previous entries, “Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare” is the top-selling console video game in the United States, based on year-to-date revenues from physical unit sales.

The announcement comes a little over one month since the title’s launch on November 4th. It also comes with two caveats – it excludes digital sales and it’s confined only to console game sales (not PCs). Eric Hirshberg, Activision’s CEO says in a statement:

“Call of Duty is retail’s #1 grossing console franchise in the U.S. for the 8th consecutive year and the boldly innovative Infinite Warfare is the #1 grossing console game of the year at retail in the United States.”

The press release follows reports, including one by by CNBC, a few days ago that physical sales of “Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare” in the United States during its first month had dropped to just half that of last year’s entry “Call of Duty: Black Ops III”.

Indeed due to the game industry’s now outdated habit of cramming most major game releases into the two-month pre-Thanksgiving period, a number of high profile and even well received games have seen major sales drop-offs. UK sales for “Watch Dogs 2” took an 80% slide from the first game’s release, while estimates for “Titanfall 2” have been notably revised downward.