So it’s hardly a surprise that the “Call of Duty” and “Assassin’s Creed” franchises put out new releases this week. “Assassin’s Creed Valhalla,” about Vikings and Norse mythology, debuted on November 10, the same day as the Xbox Series X. Three days later, “Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War,” set in the 1980s, was released.
“Valhalla” had twice as many active players on launch day as did Ubisoft’s 2018 “Assassin’s Creed” game, “Odyssey,” the company said in a press release, without providing specifics. The game features a new setting in England’s Dark Ages, which Ubisoft said revives “the age-old battle between Assassins and Templars the fans are familiar with.” It is the 13th main game in the franchise.
“[It would be] as good as the best in their lineup,” said Pachter, estimating that even the least successful titles tend to sell 7 million copies.
Reagan himself leads the American team as it undertakes secret assignments — and as one character in the game puts it, “every mission we go on is illegal.”
Alex Giaimo, a Jefferies analyst, predicts that “Call of Duty” could be this holiday season’s hit, and estimates sales for the game will top 20 million units per year.