It is therefore not surprising that the “Call of Duty” and “Assassin’s Creed” series release new releases this week. “Assassin’s Creed Valhalla” on Vikings and Norse mythology, It made its debut on November 10, the same day with Xbox Series X. Three days later, “Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War”, set in the 1980s, was released.
The company said in a press release that Valhalla had twice as many active players on launch day as Ubisoft’s 2018 Assassin’s Creed Odyssey did. The game features a new setting in England’s Dark Ages, which Ubisoft said revives the “ancient battle between Assassins and the Templars that fans know.” It is the thirteenth major game in the franchise.
Wedbush analyst Michael Bacher said the relatively low competition around the holiday season will help “Assassin’s Creed Valhalla” as well as the mysterious game setting, which may appeal to fans of the franchise. He predicts that like the previously successful Assassin’s Creed games, the game could sell 10 to 12 million copies, which would represent a strong success for Ubisoft.
“[It would be] As good as the best in their lineup, ”Pachter said, estimating that even the least successful titles tend to sell 7 million copies.
Call of Duty’s “Black Ops Cold War” received a cooler reception among fans, who didn’t touch the game online this week as much as they did “Valhalla”. The “Cold War” drops players in America led by Ronald Reagan, as they are part of an elite team fighting the Vietnamese, the KGB and East German secret police. Both “Cold War” and “Valhalla” can be played on older game consoles as well.
Reagan himself leads the US team as they run secret missions – as one of the characters in the game puts it, “Every mission we do is illegal.”
“Call of duty” is Activision (ATVI) The long-running cash cow franchise recently celebrated its first anniversary on mobile and the enduring popularity of Warzone. It remains to be seen whether the “Cold War” can achieve a similar level of success.
Jefferies analyst Alex Giaimo predicts that “Call of Duty” could be the success of this holiday season, and estimates that the game’s sales will exceed 20 million units annually.
As for “Spider-Man: Miles Morales” and “Valhalla”, he added, “Both titles should have very good results. [but] Nor does Call of Duty’s domestic audience. “We’d be shocked if they hit that kind of level.”