Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Call of Duty 4 Doesn't Make People Want to Play Originals

Call of Duty 4 was released for Xbox 360, Playstation 3, and Nintendo DS this past month and the official sales numbers came in showing that CoD4 for 360 was the best selling game of the month. It sold 1.57 million copies in November on the Xbox 360. With 1.57 million people buying the 4th iteration in the Call of Duty series did many of them go out and buy the first three games? And did it affect the prices for those games?

The charts below show the historic prices of Call of Duty games on Xbox during 2007.
Call of Duty Xbox Price Chart 2007
Call of Duty 2 Xbox Price Chart 2000
Call of Duty 3 Xbox Price Chart 2007

(Call of Duty 2 and Call of Duty 3 were released on Xbox 360 too but our site doesn't have enough price history to see any trend at this point).

None of the games show a large increase in price after Call of Duty 4's release in November. The original Call of Duty had an increase from about $3.00 to $5.00, but this is less than the average video game's price increase in November and December. The original Xbox Call of Duty games are on the backward compatibility list, so Xbox 360 owners can play them but there doesn't seem to be any increase in demand. This is in complete contrast with the original Halo games when Halo 3 was released. Those games spiked in price right before Halo 3 was released.

Video game price data provided by VideoGamePriceCharts.com. Wii Game Prices | Xbox 360 Game Prices | PS3 Game Prices


Travis Hendricks said...

It's probably because every WWII game portrays the same historic events over and over again. So there's really no point in buying the old ones in anticipation because it would effectively ruin the experience.

JJ Hendricks said...

That is a good point. They are all very similar at least story wise. Why doesn't anyone make a War of 1812 shooter or Spanish American War shooter.

Anonymous said...

The prices didn't go up because unlike platformers or RPG's, FPS's don't usually age well. No one wants to go and play 5 years ago's top shooter, unless it's amazingly good, like Half Life 2, because the newest shooter is almost always superior to the previous one. COD4 is basically COD3, only a lot more fun, so no one wants to go back and play COD3 again.

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