Call of Duty: Black Ops, the biggest game release of the year recorded 1 million online gamers just hours after its global launch a representative of developer Treyarch has revealed.
“Am I getting solid intel? Is there really almost 1,000,000 players on Xbox LIVE right now?? #CODBlackOps #Launch”. tweeted Trayarch Community Manager Josh Olin at 1am Pacific Standard Time (9am GMT) on Tuesday.
Whilst exact sales figures for the game’s release on Xbox 360, PS3 and PC have yet to be revealed, the staggering number of consecutive online gameplay just hours after launch is hugely impressive. The figures also suggest the rise in online multiplayer gaming is helping to push the CoD franchise forward from its already exceptionally strong single player campaign foundations.
Thousands of retailers across the globe opened their doors as the clocks turned to midnight on Tuesday so eager gamers could get their mitts on Black Ops at the first available opportunity. Expected to gross well over £1 billion, it is believed Call of Duty: Black Ops will eclipse the likes of FIFA 11 and Halo: Reach to become the biggest game release of the year.