Big words from Activision’s financial reports this week. The game publisher believes it has a genuine hit on its hands with Destiny, the latest first-person shooter from Bungie. Activision CEO Bobby Kotick called the game his company’s “next billion dollar franchise” and even went on to project that Destiny would eventually become “the best-selling new video game IP in history.”
It’s unknown if he is comparing sales to packaged games as well, or his dream might fall short of Wii Sports’ 80 million+ units sold, or even that one fledgling IP from the 80s, Super Mario Bros. or some such nonsense, which sold 40 million+.
Activision reports that it made $4.58 billion in revenue for the 2013 calendar year, a 5.76 percent decrease from 2012. However, it doubled its Q4 earnings at $1.52 billion and shattered its projection by a whole $300 million. Way to low-ball your forecast at $1.26 billion, I suppose.
One other crazy statistic as well. Despite the general belief that it is bleeding customers, Blizzard reports that World of Warcraft actually jumped from 7.6 million subscriber to 7.8 million subscribers over last year. World of Warcraft isn’t going anywhere any time soon.
Anybody looking forward to Destiny? I might just be checking it out on the PlayStation 3 when it launches on Sept. 9. It will also be released for the PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.