"We think this was another positive data point for the Call of Duty franchise, following the update from the United Kingdom earlier this week, with preliminary sales trending ahead of our expectations", Stifel analyst Drew Crum wrote in a note to clients Wednesday. Activision CEO Eric Hirshberg says that the developer originally wanted to make a sequel to the 2014 Call of Duty title: Advanced Warfare.
AM General, the company behind the light military vehicle known as the Humvee, thinks some of that cash was made on the back of its product, and is now suing Activision Blizzard over trademark breaches.
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Ever since Call of Duty: WWII was announced people have been incredibly excited for the series to go back to its World War 2 roots. But it still shows just how much money WWII is bringing in. The bike, called the Indian Scout Sixty Custom WWII Motorcycle, is patterned after the Indian bikes that were used by the U.S. Army during the height of World War 2. Hirshberg also explained that "the biggest risk you can take is not taking risks", and that "when you study longstanding franchises, it feels very risky to change them sometimes".
The lawsuit from AM General states, "In Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, multiple in-game missions and multiplayer levels include depictions of vehicles bearing the (or substantially similar) distinctive design elements of the AM General Trade Dress ("Infringing Vehicles")". Straddling the line between classic Call of Duty action that resonates with fans and changes that pique people's interests could be hard, but Activision and the series' developers are determined to do it. Finally, it was revealed that, in terms of overall units, the game sold double the amount that Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare sold in the same amount of time.