Gaming fans were queuing patiently across Peterborough last night (Monday) for the midnight launch of the latest instalment of the videogame Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.
Last year the Serpentine Green branch of Game was the biggest seller of the previous Call of Duty instalment: Black Ops, which generated more than £620m of global sales in just the first six weeks of its launch.
This new game is expected to sell millions in the next few days alone and judging by the crowds at Serpentine Green last night has been keenly anticipated.
Both Game and Tesco had waiting times of around an hour for anyone arriving close to midnight, and the Game branch in the city centre was also busy.
“Considering how important the social element is to Call of Duty, it’s great to see so many people from Peterborough eager to get the game at launch, although I can imagine there’s going to be plenty of people either taking time off or calling in sick tomorrow. The game itself is a good progression from the previous game, and there’s definitely going to be another wave of players getting it for Christmas,” said Dan Thornton, founder of Peterborough-based videogame site FPSPrestige.com