That’s over a three-day period, during which it also recorded the “biggest Call of Duty PC launch ever” and generated over $600 million worldwide.
“Call of Duty is once again the top selling new premium game of the year, proving the enduring nature of the franchise across console, PC, mobile, and esports,” said Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick.
“In its first three days of release, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare more than doubled the box office opening of Joker.”
Activision president Rob Kostich added: “Through the first three days, Modern Warfare has more total players and total hours played than any Call of Duty opening release in the last six years. More importantly, our players are having a great time playing.
“Congratulations to Infinity Ward and all our teams involved on an incredible game and its spectacular launch. We also want to thank the community for your incredible support.”
While the game is off to a blockbuster start at retail and has been well received by critics, it’s also experienced its fair share of issues since launch.
Over the weekend, developer Infinity Ward said it had identified an issue resulting in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare crashing Xbox One X consoles, although players have also reported experiencing crashes on other Xbox One models and different platforms too.
On Monday, Infinity Ward released a Call of Duty: Modern Warfare patch designed to reduce crashes across all platforms.
However, some players have reported encountering more frequent crashes after installing the latest update than they had before its release.
Stuttering cutscenes is another widely reported issue among PC players.