Call of Duty Advanced Warfare is one of the most promising looking titles of the series so a lot people naturally expect it to be a huge success. However, not everyone is optimistic about the game and its chances of success. One such skeptic is Sterne Agee analyst Arvind Bhatia and he says that Call of Duty Advanced Warfare will in fact sell 15% less copies than its predecessor, Call of Duty Ghosts. According to him, the upcoming title will only sell about 17 million copies, which is 3 million less than the 20 million sold by Call of Duty Ghosts. Bhatia says there are several reasons for this prediction, one of which being that many gamers were disappointed by the last title so they are less likely to purchase Call of Duty Advanced Warfare.
Another reason is that PS3 and Xbox 360 sales are down by a lot this year (50% and 46% respectively) and this might not bode well for cross-gen titles such as Call of Duty Advanced Warfare. Speaking of platforms, he thinks that many consumers are still debating on whether or not they should upgrade to the PS4 and Xbox One. This indecision means that they might not purchase the game until they can decide on a platform. That being said, Bhatia did admit that there are more variables here and Call of Duty Advanced Warfare might do better than Call of Duty Ghosts given the huge amount of hype surrounding it and the lack of direct competition this year.
Battlefield Hardline has been delayed until 2015 so only Halo: The Master Chief Collection and Destiny might sway some of the potential customers. But one is a compilation comprised of previously released game while the other is an MMO, more or less. That means there will no be new releases in the genre of Call of Duty Advanced Warfare around that time and that will definitely help the game’s chances. We’ll just have to wait and see how it performs when it releases on November on 4th for Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4 and PC.