Gamers are running out to buy old Call of Duty games after a number of classic titles received a matchmaking fix in July which resulted in multiplayer lobbies coming back online. Back in July, Microsoft deployed a fix for the Xbox 360 versions of Call of Duty Black Ops 2 and Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3.
After the fix went live, Xbox players didn’t waste any time and jumped back into these classic shooters. Call of Duty Black Ops 2 peaked at 10,000 active players shortly after the fix and Modern Warfare 3 hit 7,000.
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The nostalgia and excitement then had a trickle effect on game sales. The overall digital and physical game sales for July included the two classic Call of Duty games. Call of Duty Black Ops 2 reentered the charts as number 4 followed by Modern Warfare 2 at no.5.
These sales were also thanks to the ongoing Xbox Ultimate Game Sale which discounted both shooters to under R200. So the combination of the returning multiplayer lobbies and the cheap price tags was responsible.
Apart from the Call of Duty classic hype, Red Dead Redemption 2 and Grand Theft Auto 5 also reentered the top 10. This was a result of aggressive discounts across both titles.
GTA V and Red Dead Redemption 2 debuted back at no.2 and no.3. FIFA 23, of course, stayed at the top spot.
|1||FIFA 23 (EA)|
|2||Grand Theft Auto 5 (Rockstar)|
|3||Red Dead Redemption 2 (Rockstar)|
|4||Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 (Activision Blizzard)|
|5||Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 – 2009 Edition (Activision Blizzard)|
|6||Hogwarts Legacy (Warner Bros)|
|9||Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 – 2022 Edition (Activision Blizzard)|
|10||Diablo 4 (Activision Blizzard)|
In terms of accessories, over 550,000 items were sold during July in the UK. Many of these were PS5 DualSense Controllers. The White DualSense Controller sat at no.1 in July. The Starlight Blue edition remained at no.18 and the Gret Camo DualSense took no.5.
In the top 20 accessory sales, all of Sony’s DualSense Controllers were somewhere on the list. This is likely driven by the recent PS5 discounts which saw the console price slashed by R1000.