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A very surprising puzzle game overtakes Call of Duty in Europe this year

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Can you guess what it is?

Activision’s beloved military first-person shooter is undoubtedly one of the biggest sales hits every year. Not only does it sell like gangbusters, it’s also a hugely profitable and recognizable game as a service that boasts one of the largest and most dedicated fanbases in the entire industry. Despite all that, one very surprising puzzle title has come out of nowhere and managed to outsell the American company’s latest juggernaut so far this year – well, in Europe, at least.

The news comes from a recent tweet from industry analyst and head of GamesIndustry.biz, Christopher Dring, which you can see for yourself below:

That’s right, according to Games Sales Data, Nintendo’s logic-based puzzler Big Brain Academy: Brain vs. Brain overtook Call of Duty: Vanguard in Europe this year. Let that sink in for a second.

Of course, it’s fair to say that Call of Duty has been on a downward trajectory in terms of sales. This can be attributed to a few factors, but a lot of it is due to oversaturation thanks to its annualized cycle. Because of this, Activision reportedly shifted gears and skipped next year’s installment in order to “please gamers and help build the franchise.” (H/T, Bloomberg)

If that happens, it will be the first time in 20 years that a Call of Duty hasn’t been released that year.

Meanwhile, in related news, the confusingly named Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II is the next game on the docket in the popular series and is set to release on October 28, 2022. If you’re interested in signing up to the beta, we have all the details here.

Featured image source: Activision