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First-person shooters continue to pay off for one of the biggest video game publishers in the world.

Activision Publishing said today that Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare and Destiny are the No. 1 and No. 2 best-selling console games of the year in the United States. And Activision’s Skylanders Trap Team is also the No. 1 kids video game of 2014, based on retail sales data from market researchers NPD Group. That’s a pretty good position to be in, and it shows that the two sci-fi shooting games didn’t cannibalize each other in the first-person genre.

That could change if the numbers shift dramatically in December, as Activision counted the data through the end of November. Activision said that Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is the top console seller as well as the No. 1 game on the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and the PlayStation 3. Bungie’s Destiny was the No. 1-selling new game franchise of the year.

“To date, 2014 has been a series of number ones for Activision Publishing: Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is the No. 1 top-selling game of the year, Skylanders is the No. 1 kids video game franchise of the year, and Destiny is the No. 1 top-selling new video game franchise of the year,” said Eric Hirshberg, the CEO of Activision Publishing, a division of Activision Blizzard, in a statement. “We are excited about how fans have responded to Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Destiny and Skylanders Trap Team, and have even more great new content in store in 2015.”

Call of Duty has held the top November sales slot for six consecutive years now.


Above: Destiny is the top-selling new franchise in gaming for 2014.

Image Credit: Activision



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