That exclamation isn’t because I’ve played it and have been thoroughly impressed, it’s because I’ve seen the sales figures for the first 24 hours, and then the price of the game on Steam.
- In the first 24 hours MW2 sold over 4 million copies.
- The price for the game on Steam is $89.99.
That would make it (if the price is the same in stores) the most expensive software only game (in US dollars) that I’ve seen. I think there was something called Armored Fist (or the like) that sold for $250ish with a big chunky hardware controller, but as far as I’m aware MW2 is only software. Nor does the Steam price seem to indicate the version is anything special, like a collectors edition.
Despite that huge price, 4 million copies have sold. It sort of makes the sales of even World of Warcraft look a little sick. Blizzards 4 -5 million Western players were amassed over 5 years. MW2 over 1 day, with more to come.
It kinda looks like the MMORPG market has a ways to go in order to catch up with the traditional single/multi-player game market.