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Activision has announced that the Call Of Duty series has sold in excess of 250 million copies worldwide to date. The successful release of Call Of Duty: Black Ops 3 in 2015 pushed the first-person shooter series over the landmark total.

This follows the news revealed by December's NPD figures that Black Ops 3 was the best-selling game of 2015 in the US. In a statement (via VG247), Call Of Duty franchise general manager Rob Kostich also claimed it was the best-selling title globally last year by a "wide-margin in both units and dollars".

"This also marks the seventh year in a row that Call Of Duty has been the number one-selling franchise in North America, according to NPD," he continued. "In fact, Call Of Duty has surpassed 250 million units sold life-to-date worldwide. This achievement is thanks to the amazing experiences created by all of our development teams, and would not be possible without the incredible passion from the Call Of Duty community."

Call Of Duty will return later in 2016 with Infinity Ward at the helm. That developer's last game in the series was the much-maligned Ghosts, the first in the series on current platforms, which many cited as indication of a series in decline, prior to the shake-up Sledgehammer Games gave it in 2014 with Advanced Warfare.

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