Call of Duty: Vanguard Sold 30 Million Copies, It’s Claimed

Call of Duty Vanguard

Call of Duty: Vanguard has been widely considered one of the worst Call of Duty games ever released by players. The game has a “mixed or average” rating on Metacritic,

But despite the lower-than-expected reception from both critics and fans, the game still sold 30 million copies worldwide. That number comes directly from Brian Hong, who was a social media strategist for Activision for the game.

Despite the 30 million copies that were allegedly sold, Activision says that Call of Duty: Vanguard didn’t meet expectations. At the time in May 2022, the company said that it was due to a lack of innovation with the game as well as the World War II setting it had.

“[O]ur 2021 premium release didn’t meet our expectations, we believe primarily due to our own
Activision said. “The game’s World War II setting didn’t resonate with some of our community and we didn’t deliver as much innovation in the premium game as we would have liked.”

When it released, the game did end up nominated for multiple awards, including Online Game of the Year at the 25th Annual D.I.C.E. Awards as well as for the Best Score Soundtrack for Video Games and Other Interactive Media at the 2023 Grammy Awards.


What do you think of Call of Duty: Vanguard reportedly selling 30 million copies despite not being well received? For more Insider Gaming, read about a long-time Xbox executive leaving Microsoft after 26 years.

  1. It sold 30 million after how many years and how many were bought at discount long after initial release? Mortal Kombat 11 had the same problem a ton of people bought the game at discount, Street Fighter 5, and Tekken 7 as well.

    1. It was an online only a game. There were no late sales. It was only available for a year, and you had to buy it within that year.
      So the answer is thirty million copies sold at full price

    1. I still play Vanguard every week. It is very active game in terms of player base is healthy.

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