Call of Duty franchise breaks 400 million sales milestone

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The popular shooter has sold over 400 million copies since 2003, and has been rapidly expanding its Melbourne development studio.

The popular war-themed first-person shooter Call of Duty series has sold over 400 million copies since 2003, according to a recent announcement on the franchise’s official website.

This significant figure refers to the series’ 'premium' games, including the first Call of Duty released in 2003 on PC, through to last year’s Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War for PC and consoles.

Published by Californian company Activision, the Call of Duty series is known for its annual release schedule, due to Activision assigning different development studios to work on multiple games at once.

One of the studios is Sledgehammer Games, a team credited with working on various Call of Duty games in differing capacities, including Modern Warfare 3, Advanced Warfare, WWII, Modern Warfare (2019), and Black Ops Cold War. Sledgehammer Games has two offices, one in San Francisco and another in Melbourne.

Sledgehammer Games’ Melbourne office hosted a small skeleton crew of developers back in 2015, prior to beginning a rapid expansion in recent years.

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