25 billion hours have been spent playing Call of Duty

A staggering 25 billion hours, or the equivalent to 2.85 million years, have been spent playing games in Activision's Call of Duty series. Ahead today's Call of Duty: Ghosts multiplayer unveiling, the publisher released a infographic that shows some incredible facts about the hugely popular franchise.

Some of the highlights include:

  • The total number of people that have played Call of Duty (100 million) is greater than the population of the United Kingdom, Germany, or France.
  • The 31 billion care packages called in since 2009's Modern Warfare 2 are enough to build 15,000 Great Pyramids of Giza or 100 Great Walls of China
  • The total hours spent playing Call of Duty (2.85 million years) is longer than the entirety of human existence

Call of Duty infographic

Pretty fascinating stuff when you stop and think about it. I mean, more time played than the entirety of human existence? That just shows the staying power Call of Duty has had over the years. But is the long-standing series bound to fall off any time soon? Call of Duty: Ghosts pre-orders, which are "well below" that of Black Ops 2, certainly seem to indicate so, although Activision has chalked it up to consumer hesitation heading into next-gen consoles.

Regardless of consumer uncertainty surrounding platforms, I'm sure the highly anticipated debut of Ghosts' multiplayer will lead to a increase in pre-orders. Until today, the primary focus has been on the game's single player campaign which we all know takes a backseat to mutiplayer gameplay.