Modern Warfare 2 is a record breaker in every sense of the word. It has without doubt had the most successful launch of any game ever released in the history of the games industry. In the few days since its release, MW2 has generated some staggering numbers and figures all of which really put into perspective just how big of a deal Infinity Ward’s shooter actually is. So here it is, MW2 by numbers….
11: The date in February 2009 that the game was first announced.
10: The date in November 2009 that the game was eventually released.
6: The chronological number MW2 represents in the Call of Duty franchise.
3: The number of formats the game is available on, PC, Playstation 3 and Xbox 360.
4: The number of different retail editions of MW2 available at launch; Standard, Hardened, Veteran and Prestige editions.
18: The age rating allocated to the game by PEGI (Pan European Game Information).
3,470,000: The estimated number of copies of the game sold in the US within 24hours of its release.
1,230,000: The estimated number of copies of the game sold in the UK within 24hours of its release.
7,000,000: The estimated number of copies of the game sold worldwide within 24hours of its release.
3,700,000: The estimated number of copies of Grand Theft Auto IV sold worldwide within 24hours of its release. MW2 has essentially doubled this number.
55: The percentage of all of the estimated 7 million copies of MW2 sold for Xbox 360.
33: The percentage of all of the estimated 7 million copies of MW2 sold for PS3.
12: The percentage of all of the estimated 7 million copies of MW2 sold for PC.
10,000: The number of Gamestops and Best Buys that held a midnight launch for the title in the US.
89: The number of people lined up to buy the game at midnight in Union Square in New York City.
60,000: The estimated number of pre-orders Gamestop had for the game in Dublin city alone.
310,000,000: The amount in dollars of sales of the title in the UK and US with 24 hours of its release.
5: The number of playable characters in the games main campaign mode.
5: The number of years the games story has progressed since the events of Call of Duty 4.
69: The number of stars one can potentially acquire in MW2’s Special Ops mode.
23: The number of missions in Special Ops mode.
15: The number of Kill Streak awards one can potentially acquire in online multiplayer mode.
18: The maximum number of players allowed in any one multiplayer level online.
2: The number of DLC map packs that will be released for the title in the future.
95: The average review percentage out of 100 that MW2 on PS3 and Xbox 360 holds on Metacritic at the moment this article was being complied.
90: The average review percentage out of 100 that MW2 on the PC holds on Metacritic at the moment this article was being complied.
250: The amount of hard-drive GBs in the limited edition MW2 Xbox 360. It is the first game to come with a 250GB 360 hard-drive option.
43,300,000: The number of results Google produces under ‘Modern Warfare 2’ at the moment this article was being compiled.
2,000,000: The record number of simultaneous Xbox live users online on MW2’s release day.
159: The average cost in Euros of the MW2 Prestige Edition with working Night Vision Goggles.
37.77: The cost in Euros of MW2 standard Edition in Harvey Normans in Ireland.
11,100,000: The number of copies of MW2 predicted to be sold before the end of 2009 by analyst Mike Hickey of Janco Partners.
803,000,000: The amount in dollars these predicted 11.1million copies will potentially generate.
206,954: The number of signatures the MW2 dedicated PC server petition has collected at the time of writing this article.
And that’s all TGLs got folks. Do you know any other interesting facts or figures that are missing here? Im sure were missing more than a few. Theres nothing 100% definite about these figures, but we can estimate that most of them are just about right. These stats and figures come from official news and media reports and a hell of a lot of other sources out there that are too numerous to mention. What do you make of all this? MW2 really is a record breaker!