Submitted by PureSophistry 794d ago | opinion piece

Should Call of Duty Change?

The Call of Duty franchise has dominated game sales since 2007 with the release of Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, a game that dramatically raised the bar for first person shooters and set a precedent for gameplay and multiplayer systems that still exists today. With the recent release of the trailer for Call of Duty: Ghosts, we have to wonder if the series is finally ready to stray from its comfort zone, and if this is even the correct decision.

Five years on however and the games have started to stagnate a bit in the eyes of fans, not that sales would be any indicator. The most recent instalment in the franchise, Call of Duty: Black Ops II, sold over 7.5 million copies on its opening day – a staggering figure by all accounts. However many players have started to notice and complain about the formulaic nature of the series now. Infinity Ward and Treyarch capitalized on the success and positive response to Call of Duty 4’s deep multiplayer system with its levelling and perks system, and have continued to follow it almost to a tee with each instalment. The system has now become the standard for multiplayer modes across all action games and its success is a large part of the reason that games that typically wouldn’t have a multiplayer mode, such as Spec Ops: The Line, had one shoe-horned in – A solid multiplayer mode sells copies. (Call of Duty, Call of Duty: Ghosts, Industry, PC, PS3, Xbox 360)

The_Infected  +   794d ago
No it should end. They've milked this thing dry.

Edit: If they actually put huge effort into making CoD games I might get them but they don't and never will.
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Ilovetheps4  +   794d ago
Well the issue is, it still sells millions every year. Apparently they haven't milked it dry. All companies care about is money. As long as the money keeps coming in, they will keep making the games. They couldn't care less about the consumer as long as the consumer gives them their money.
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Utalkin2me  +   794d ago
I wouldn't go as far as to say all companies care about is "Only Money". Sure that's a driving factor and keeps your business afloat. But not everybody is money hungry, like some of your major corporations.

Some people really enjoy what they do and as long as they can get buy and keep doing what they do, their happy.
Iceman_Nightmare  +   794d ago
I don't want a new CALL OF DUTY ever again, the game has been milked for so long no one wants it. I agree with you KRATOS_Kills. Is time for NEW IP, and the GAMING INDUSTRY to change back like in the Nintendo 64 Rare LTD days. Every game was unique, and not all games that were selling good were ONLY FIRST PERSON SHOOTERS.
ltachiUchiha  +   794d ago
I got tired of the series after modern warfare 2. I still think call of duty 4 was the best out of all of them. Infinity Ward at their best at the time.
Gaming4Ever  +   794d ago
It has, it's now got better looking dogs.
NaAsAr  +   794d ago
ryanf_279  +   794d ago
Dumbest Title I've Ever Seen For An Article.....
Should it change really?....I'm not even clicking on this article for the title alone...
Snookies12  +   794d ago
The title should be "Why hasn't Call of Duty changed?"
Summons75  +   794d ago
Yes that's what gamers have been saying since world at war. Activision won't listen though they'll continue to give it a year development time with a tiny budget for a yearly release and the second it stops making money they'll can it. Just look at tony hawk and guitar hero. At least sales have been declining for the series and with the new "next gen" one looking awful and dated cods days are numbed.
sandman224  +   794d ago
Just the lag with hit detection and it needs a visual overhaul to keep me interested. Also slow down with the fire burst. Makes it feel fake. They need to make the guns more realistic.
KillrateOmega  +   794d ago
Get a new engine.

They've been using the same base engine for the better part of a decade.
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venom06  +   794d ago
it did change remember.... it got a WHOLE NEW ENGINE just like Activision marketing team told us they did... yeah right..
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STK026  +   794d ago
Why change it? Activision is a business, and, as far as I know, the biggest third party publisher in the world today. Why you ask? Because every year, Call of Duty, World of WarCraft and Skylanders bring in tons of cash.

For as long as people are willing to buy Call of Duty (and make it the best selling game of the year, year after year), there's absolutely no reason for Activision to change anything. The key to a successful business is investing as little as possible and get the most out of it, and at the moment, Call of Duty has a huge profit margin.

People on the internet are always asking for CoD to change, but I'm pretty sure, would they be CEO of Activision-Blizzard, they would continue to operate it the it has been operated over the last few years.

And, remember, when you see a major publisher like EA say that they don't believe in the CoD model or something like that, all it means is that they wish they had the CoD franchise and not Activision.

Would changing it be better for the business? No. Would it be better for gamers now? I don't think so, people who like Call of Duty buy it, while others don't. Developers have learned the hard way over the yars that CoD fans like CoD, not a CoD-clone (think Homefront or MoH, despite the fact that MoH is older). Which has lead them to develop different games. As a consumer you have a choice, you can buy whichever games you wish to. Some want to buy CoD, others don't. Stop blaming Call of Duty for the low sales of some obscure game that might be awesome, but was never destined to be mainstream.

TL:DR The author of this article is pretty much right when he says that we shouldn't blame Activision for "milking" CoD.
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Corpser  +   794d ago
Why would they change when it's the best selling game every year? Until gamers vote with their wallet, it will never change much
Veni Vidi Vici  +   794d ago
When speaking for just myself, I can honestly say I will never buy another COD game as long as it doesn't have dedicated servers and uses lag compensation.

There are definitely other issues with the series but that is by far the biggest reason I can't stand COD anymore.
Matt666  +   793d ago
Yes they should change it, make it more realistic but they got so many issues to sort out they wont because there lazy

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