Last month Activision debuted Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 for Xbox One backward compatibility, bringing the near decade-old Xbox 360 title to the system. As seen with many backward compatible titles, Modern Warfare 2 sales have grown considerably – this time making August’s top-selling video games in the U.S.
Details on its success come from Mat Piscatella of data-tracking firm, the NPD Group, reporting on U.S. sales for August 2018. From August 5 to September 1, Modern Warfare 2 placed No. 8 among games from all platforms, beating out some of this year’s biggest titles. It’s Xbox One backward compatibility debut clearly triggered this growth, rising from a No. 321 placement just one month prior.
US NPD SW – Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 returns to the monthly best-sellers list in August at #8, driven by sales of the Xbox 360 version. COD:MW2 was added to the Xbox One Backward Compatible Game Library on August 28th. COD:MW2 ranked as July’s 321st best-selling title.
— Mat Piscatella (@MatPiscatella) September 18, 2018
Backward compatibility signals continued success for Microsoft, especially with highly-anticipated classics from previous generations. Considering Modern Warfare 2 hit Xbox One on August 28, this success was seen in just a few days before the month concluded. Furthermore, due to the nature of NPD tracking, this doesn’t account for countless used copies in circulation, only official sales. Crazy.
While some platform holders appear averse to backward compatibility, its become a system-seller for Xbox One consoles. With hundreds of supported games and more to come, it’s impressive to see old titles revived after their initial success.
Have you picked up Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 for Xbox One? Which games do you hope to see next? Drop your thoughts in the comments section below. In the meantime, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is available for $21.69 on Amazon.
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