Call of Duty is the gaming phenomenon that people love to hate. Seriously, bring up the shooter in any gaming related discussion and you’ll find the opinion is split amongst gamers. To be fair, we’ve engaged in these petty squabbles in the past and we’re not above slipping in the sly comment when it comes to writing about the game – though it’s all good-natured. This scribe in particular actually quite likes the franchise and its explosive Hollywood style single-player campaigns.
Whether every actually dislikes the game or not may be up for discussion, but the numbers don’t tell pork pies (read: lies.) Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 has been out for a good few years now and despite being put on the back-burner when it comes to updates and what not, it’s still enjoying a very healthy audience all these years on. Since Black Ops 2 launched we’ve had Call of Duty: Ghosts and Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare release, but even with the big hitting sequels being available many players still choose to play the older and somewhat less refined Black Ops 2.
It’s a decent enough game, to be fair, and it’s not really surprising to see that players are attracted to the online component more than they are with Ghosts or the jump-fest Advanced Warfare. What is surprising is the number: 11 million, give or take a few.
Activision’s Bobby Kotick revealed the staggering number during the publisher’s quarterly earnings call and even he sounded a little surprised by the numbers.
“We have over 11 million monthly users playing Black Ops 2 which is unprecedented three years past the release date for one of our titles.”
It’s actually been a long while since Black Ops 2 has seen the light of day in The Games Cabin HQ, but with Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 just around the corner it might be time to dive back in.
Are you still playing Black Ops 2? If so, why? Is it because the newer games just don’t cut it? Let us know down in the comments section below.
[Correction: Due to the odd hours our writers keep a number of errors were present in the original version of the article. The author mistakenly named Black Ops 2 as Black Ops 3. We’d like to apologise for any confusion caused by this error. The writer in question will be getting a punishment to match the crime – 1 week of only Snakes and Ladders for entertainment. Too harsh?]