We knew the success of Activision’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 when the game launched, but it’s achievements are now official. Infinity Ward’s game has been awarded the Guinness World Record for more successful entertainment launch of all time.
That’s out of all entertainment mediums, movies, music, or otherwise. With $401.6 million in worldwide sales after only 24 hours, the game trumped previous record holder Grand Theft Auto IV. Rockstar’s game achieved $310 million in its first day, besting Bungie’s $170 million for Halo 3.
“This achievement is a reflection of the support from our community of fans around the world,” said Infinity Ward’s Robert Bowling. “The Call of Duty series and Modern Warfare have been our passion – we’ve dedicated our lives to giving our best, so it’s an honor to be recognized by setting a new standard among all entertainment properties.”
Congratulations to Infinity Ward! We’re sure Activision is hoping for more of the same from Modern Warfare 3, even if most of the development team has left in controversy to spawn a new studio — Respawn Entertainment.