Destiny vs. Advanced Warfare: Which Sells More in 2014?

Call of Duty is the FPS kingpin right now, but is Destiny poised to stage a mutiny?

Call of Duty is the FPS kingpin right now, but is Destiny poised to stage a mutiny?

This year, the first-person shooter battle appears to come down to two titles: Bungie’s Destiny and Sledgehammer Games’ Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare.

Battlefield: Hardline and Evolve have been pushed into 2015, so the epic showdown appears to be set. The question is, which one has the edge? Which title will end up selling more right out of the gate? Remember, the question in the title pertains only to 2014 and not beyond. Chances are, Destiny will sell longer over time as Activision continues to promote the game’s supposed ten-year lifespan.

If we’re only talking about the upcoming holiday season, there are several important factors to consider. Firstly, it’s very important to note that Destiny will have nearly a two-month head-start, as it will launch on September 9. This means a lot more time on the shelf as opposed to Advanced Warfare, which won’t be ready until November 4. That alone could mean the difference in sales.

Destiny has a lot going for it heading into the holiday season, but is it enough...?

Destiny has a lot going for it heading into the holiday season, but is it enough…?

But don’t forget the myriad of outstanding factors. There’s the fact that Destiny is a new IP, and despite being the most pre-ordered new IP in GameStop’s history, it’s still fresh to the scene. Call of Duty is Call of Duty. It could sell ten million on its name alone, regardless of release date or even quality (the lower review scores for Ghosts didn’t stop the game from selling tons of units). Analysts say Destiny could sell 15 million in 2014, though, and that could be tough to top, even for CoD.

Lastly, there’s general hype and word-of-mouth. Right now, one would have to give the edge to Destiny, as it’s difficult to find anyone who dislikes the game. 4.6 million people played the beta and Activision reported “overwhelmingly positive” feedback. Now, the multiplayer reveal for Advanced Warfare did go over quite well, so it’s not like the latter title has no exposure. And of course, heading into the holiday season, you can bet that CoD will receive its customary marketing blitz.

The ironic part? Both games are published by Activision. Unless something ridiculous happens, they’re going to be rollin’ in the dough come December 31.

4 thoughts on “Destiny vs. Advanced Warfare: Which Sells More in 2014?”

It’s still going to be Call of Duty. Even though I’m sure Destiny will be huge, it’s a new IP vs. an established behemoth. Case closed.

It’ll be CoD. Destiny will probably outsell it in the long-run though. If we’re only talking about 2014, the CoD fanatics will ensure Advanced Warfare is the top-selling game of the holiday season. No doubt.

Actually, I think it’ll be closer than some people believe……….

Destiny could end up staging a coup this year, and CoD could fall from the FPS altar…

CoD all the way. Unfortunately.

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