Classic Call of Duty Titles Experience Surge in Player Count on Xbox 360

Call of Duty: Black Ops 1. (Image credit: Activision)

Call of Duty Black Ops 1, 2, and Modern Warfare 3 attract a wave of nostalgic gamers

In an unexpected turn of events, Call of Duty enthusiasts are rejoicing as the servers for classic titles Call of Duty Black Ops 1, Black Ops 2, and Modern Warfare 3 have been revived on the Xbox 360 platform. After over a decade since their initial release, these beloved shooters are experiencing a remarkable surge in player count, with fans flocking back to relive the glory days.

According to reports from avid Call of Duty fans on Twitter, the revival of these three Activision classics has attracted thousands of players. The Twitter user Idle Sloth has shed light on the player numbers, revealing that Black Ops 1 has seen the most significant increase, with an impressive 123,952 players online simultaneously. Black Ops 2 has also garnered attention, drawing in approximately 11,514 players, while Modern Warfare 3 boasts a substantial count of around 79,619 players. Though different sources report varied figures, it is evident that Call of Duty fans are eagerly embracing the opportunity to revisit the games that shaped their gaming experiences.

The motives behind Activision and the developers’ decision to reactivate the servers remain unclear. Some speculate that this move could be related to the recent merger approval, as the Federal Trade Commission failed to block Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision in the United States. Fans are optimistic that this development may pave the way for classic Call of Duty titles to join Xbox Game Pass, necessitating the reactivation of their servers.

Currently, the following Call of Duty games are available on Xbox Series consoles via backward compatibility:

  • Call of Duty 2 (2005)
  • Call of Duty 3 (2006)
  • Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (2007)
  • Call of Duty: World at War (2008)
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2009)
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops (2010)
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (2011)
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops II (2012)
  • Call of Duty: Ghosts (2013)
  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (2014)
Call of Duty: Blacks Ops 2. Image Credits: Activision
Call of Duty: Blacks Ops 2. Image Credits: Activision

Fans speculate on the reason behind server reactivation while eagerly anticipating the next Call of Duty installment

On the other hand, gamers can also anticipate the arrival of a new Call of Duty instalment before the conclusion of 2023. During the FTC and Microsoft hearing, a federal judge leaked that the next entry in Activision’s FPS series is expected to launch in early November. This aligns with Summer Games Fest host Geoff Keighley’s earlier statement, wherein he revealed that a new Call of Duty game would be released this fall.

Notably, Sony and Microsoft recently solidified a “binding agreement” ensuring that Call of Duty will remain on PlayStation consoles for at least the next decade. This news brings reassurance to fans of the franchise, knowing that the acclaimed series will continue to be accessible on their preferred gaming platform.

Call of Duty: Black Ops. Image: Activision

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As the revived servers attract a surge of players, the revival of classic Call of Duty titles on Xbox 360 serves as a reminder of the enduring appeal of these beloved games. Whether motivated by nostalgia or anticipation for the next instalment, fans are excitedly immersing themselves in the iconic gameplay that defined an era. With the future merger and new releases on the horizon, it’s an exciting time for Call of Duty enthusiasts around the world.