Despite being dubbed as the most-anticipated game of the year, it seems like Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare did not live up to the hype as the first week sales report shows that Infinity Warfare were down by 48.4% in the UK compared to the previously released Call of Duty: Black Ops. Currently, the new entry from Infinity Ward has not also been effective enticing gamers as its present number of players on Steam shows a much lower figure compared to Ubisoft's Rainbow Six Siege.
According to the report from Game Rant, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare recorded a peak of 11,000 active players, where it sits below Rainbow Six Siege and the bank-heist shooter Payday 2 that gathered 12,000 and 15,500 players respectively. Based on Githyp, a data-intelligence site, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare's player base has fallen by 76 percent upon its release compared to the latter Call of Duty: Black Ops.
In fact, Activision and Infinity Ward were only able to gather 15,280 people on Steam up to Sunday, however, Black Ops 3 generated 60,000 during the same weekend from last year. Several people might argue that most fans who purchased either Legacy or Deluxe Editions are playing Modern Warfare Remastered instead, which possibly disturbs the player count of Infinity Warfare. However, Modern Warfare only gathered 4,546 players as to date.
Additionally, the viewer count of the franchise's livestream have also gone down aside from the number of players registered on Steam. This already includes the two console variants Xbox One and PlayStation 4. According to Githyp, the viewer count on Twitch only recorded half of last year where it peaks at 101,000 viewers compared to 190,000 of Black Ops which makes its way to the top spot for 2 days in 2015.
Perhaps, Infinity Ward might generate another plan to improve the game's marketability to entice more active players in the future. Meanwhile, the company might consider bringing back the World War II feel in the next installment.