Activision is dreaming big for Bungie's Destiny, dubbing it the "next billion dollar franchise." Activision CEO Bobby Kotick echoed the projection, telling investors during today's earnings call that the publisher expects "Destiny will become the best-selling new video game IP in history." Destiny, an online, loot-heavy first-person shooter, is due on September 9. No pressure.
Activision also reported $4.58 billion in revenue for the 2013 calendar year. The earnings represent a 5.76 percent decrease compared to that of 2012, in which the publisher earned $4.86 billion. It also reported fourth quarter earnings of $1.52 billion, a nearly 120 percent leap from its $691 million in revenue during the third quarter and well above its $1.26 billion projection.
Finally, World of Warcraft had 7.8 million subscribers as of December 31, 2013, an increase from the 7.6 million reported during the last quarter.
Update: As it turns out, Kotick's direct quote from the earnings statement is that Activision expects "Destiny will become the best-selling new video game IP in history," which is substantially different than being the best-selling game overall. We've updated the quote and headline accordingly. We apologize for the error.