Black Ops II hits $1 billion retail sales

Activision has revealed that military shooter Call of Duty: Black Ops II has reached $1 billion in retail sales 15 days after its worldwide launch.

The milestone was reached a day faster than last year’s entry, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, which passed the $1 billion barrier in 16 days. Both games beat out James Cameron’s Avatar, which reached the figure in 17 days.

Furthermore, players have logged over 150 million hours of online play since Black Ops II’s launch over PlayStation Network and Xbox LIVE.

"In order for Call of Duty to remain the entertainment juggernaut that it is, and keep our fans coming back for more, we need to continue to bring fresh ideas and new innovations to the table every time, while always staying true to what people fell in love with in the first place. That's what we did with Call of Duty: Black Ops II, and that's what we intend to keep on doing,” said Activision’s Eric Hirshberg.

“This is an incredible milestone for an incredible franchise, and I want to thank every passionate, talented, committed person on our team who made it happen."

As previously reported on PSU.com, Black Ops II failed to match the previous launch success of the past few Call of Duty games in the U.K. The sequel is the fourth biggest launch of all time in the region, surpassed by Modern Warfare 2, Modern Warfare 3 and the original Black Ops.

Nonetheless, it has managed to fend off competition from the likes of Far Cry 3 as of late to top the charts for the third week running.

Check out our review of Call of Duty: Black Ops II here.

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