Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 set up a new record as it generated $400 million worth of retail sales in the US and UK on its launch day Tuesday. 

The publisher Activision Blizzard Inc. says that the game sold 6.5 million units in the first day.

 

The franchise saw it share of troubles.

 

Behind the scenes, the Call of Duty franchise has struggled through a dramatic series of events over the last couple of years. The game’s co-creators Jason West and Vince Zampella left Activision in 2009 and are now embroiled in lawsuits with the Santa Monica publisher. They also took most of the development talent that worked on Modern Warfare 2 with them to work at a new development studio.

The Activision-owned studio at which they previously worked, Infinity Ward, spent much of 2009 rebuilding its ranks and had to partner with another studio, Sledgehammer Games, to get Modern Warfare 3 finished on time. Reviews have been largely positive, however, though not quite as good as for Modern Warfare 2, according to compilation site Metacritic.

Source: latimesblogs.latimes.com

 

The game is priced at $60.

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