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Call of Duty Ghosts has outsold all on next-gen, Activision claims

Three-month profits fall sharply year-on-year; Call of Duty sales omitted

Activision says Call of Duty: Ghosts is the best selling game across PS4 and Xbox One, despite not mentioning sales figures for the cross-gen title.

Executive Eric Hirshberg revealed that the latest entry in its first-person shooting franchise was the second best-selling title across North America and Europe through the first quarter of 2014, bested only by Skylanders SWAP Force.

Call of Duty Ghosts is "the number one selling game on next gen consoles, life to date", he told investors during a

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Activision Blizzard brought in $1.11 billion in net revenue in the first quarter of its 2014 fiscal year, according to a report to investors released Tuesday. Net sales for the three-month period that ended on March 31 exceeded their expected results but came down 16 percent from their $1.32 billion in the same period last year.

Net profit fell considerably, however, down to $293 million for the quarter. Last year the same figure was $456 million.

Activision also did not address overall sales number for Ghosts, which had a slower launch than Black Ops 2.

"Our better-than-expected performance was driven by record digital sales in Blizzard Entertainment's franchises, including World of Warcraft, Diablo, and Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, a new free-to-play game which had already registered more than 10 million users as of its March 11, 2014 launch on Windows and Mac, in addition to Activision Publishing's Skylanders and Call of Duty franchises," Activision CEO Bobby Kotick said in a release.

Activision's product sales reached $769 million in total, down from $990 million last year. Despite products being down overall, sales through digital online channels managed to improve slightly to $379 million from $377 million last year.

The firm announced that World of Warcraft's subscriber numbers slipped by 700,000, dropping to 7.6 million in total. More than 1 million copies of Warlords of Draenor, the MMO's next expansion, have been pre-ordered.

The pack will be released "no later than December 20, 2014."

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