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Activision: Call of Duty pre-orders negatively impacted by console transition

Activision explains the low pre-order numbers for Call of Duty: Ghosts, blaming PS4 and Xbox One. (Activision, Call of Duty: Ghosts, PC, PS3, PS4, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One)

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Dlacy13g  +   919d ago | Well said
The low pre-orders are because this game is finally hitting the wall. People are expecting more than a visual bump for next gen. Honestly Acitivision would have been better off not releasing COD on the PS4/Xbox One and just let the game come to currnet gen...take a year and launch all new next year on PS4 / Xbox One and do it with a truly next gen engine.
xHeavYx  +   919d ago | Well said
Yeah, blame it on next-gen, not the fact that this has been copy-paste game for the past few years
HarryBond  +   919d ago | Well said
but... but... they have a dog now ʕ•ᴥ•ʔ

I agree the game has been the same since the past few years.. At least do something new Activision
guitarded77  +   919d ago | Funny
Bu bu but... the fishes are smart.
msonic98  +   919d ago
Way too many good games are coming out this year for me to blow off $60 on Call of Duty.
The_Sneauxman  +   919d ago
been a copy and paste for the last 7 years
Outside_ofthe_Box  +   919d ago

Called it. They blamed Ninty fans last time now they are blaming it on next gen. Activision is scared that they might need a new big seller to rely on.
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Cam977  +   919d ago
This game looks the epiphany of next gen! Just look at the skyscraper fall and coat the city in a thick layer of dust!
Oh wait...

Wrong game. This article speaks of COD - the game that has to use static maps that aren't dynamic with destructible environments. Moreover, it has no vehicles.

The sooner this franchise hits the ground, the better. Never before have I seen such ignorant, fowl-mouthed children filled with **** whilst repeating the most immature "your mom" jokes.

I love how you have 0 disagrees, it really shows how stale the franchise is becoming.

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SilentNegotiator  +   919d ago
I'm no advocate of COD, but...Wow, such COD-hating delusion.

The last COD had like, 9 million preorders. You really think moving to the next-gen (and refreshing the number of potential buyers) is NOT going to lead to much lower preorders?

COD haters can be so petty.
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Saigon  +   919d ago
They always do that. Everything is next gen fault. They pulled this off last time also and then change their stance once the sales numbers come in. I am getting tired of this company.
rezzah  +   919d ago
It has been longer than just a few years.
3-4-5  +   919d ago
Ah the Blame game.

1.) It's because Your game doesn't change. I should know, I've owned and played hours and hours of each one. Not any more

2.) We've essentially been playing MW4(2007), since 2007, with a few new guns and of course new maps.

3.) Destiny, TitanFall,Killzone, Battlefield 4,planetside 2

- These games are all offering something more than just standard military FPS game. They've have listened to fans and done research, and have applied what they learned to their NEW games.

5.) You think Fish AI is "new" and good, while it was just a side fart within Mario 64.

^ That is how out of touch with reality the Dev's of COD are.

I still like Call of Duty and respect those who develop the game, but this is the first COD game EVER that I Won't be purchasing.

And I have no 2nd thoughts about it at all.
awi5951  +   919d ago
Yeah at this point Call of duty is like Legos lol. You just put the blocks together each year and you have a game.
papashango  +   919d ago
Last gen they blamed it on pc piracy.
abzdine  +   919d ago
ROFL at Activision! Now it's time to invent something else.
Killzone SF is the next gen FPS i'm getting.
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Murad  +   919d ago
I really like that picture you made. A plus for that my good man
MWong  +   919d ago
A dog has nothing on super intelligent fish, that actually move in the background. ;) this will be the most beast COD game since COD:MW. Next COD we'll upgrade the engine even further and have tactical assault gold fish.

I know a few hardcore COD gamers that are starting to switch over to BF. They all say most of the same stuff others have said. They are tired of the copy n paste they have been doing for the paste few years.
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MizTv  +   919d ago
Lol more like 7 years
Kryptix  +   919d ago
Negatively impacted by Battlefield's far superiority in engine and graphics. That would be the title if Activision was honest about their games and finally upgraded that old engine they keep copying and pasting.
XB1_PS4  +   918d ago
What goes up, must come down. This new generation is the beginning of the end for COD. What I'm hoping for, isn't doom for COD. I'm hoping for a "Activision Self Re-evaluation", where they take at least 2-3 extra years to make a good game. With all the innovation you could ever ask for.

Cod, whether people like to admit it or not, has the smoothest and most precise movement in FPS's. I'd like for that to stick around, in a better, more thought out form.
Reibooi  +   918d ago
I Personally don't play CoD but my sister has been playing all the games in the series since the first Modern Warfare. I asked her thoughts on the new game and she said "It's like they didn't even try. The game looks the same, why did they call it something new for this? They could have put the Modern Warfare name on it with how little it's changed"

I don't know how accurate that is as I don't play CoD as mentioned above but she has played all the Black Ops and Modern Warfare games and she isn't to pleased. She still plans on getting a PS4 and I might try to get her to play Killzone with me although I don't know if the controls feel in that game will turn her off.
marlalen  +   918d ago
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majiebeast  +   919d ago
BUT IT HAS A MOCAP DOG! and fish AI cant get more innovative then that!
QuanManChu  +   919d ago
Did you know the fish move out the way when you swim near?
ZodTheRipper  +   919d ago
rocket science stuff!!
TheOneEyedHound  +   919d ago
Maybe the Dog needs to sleep with the fishes.......
andibandit  +   918d ago
Makes you wonder what all those people working on the game actually do.
spaceg0st  +   919d ago
As much as I wish for this to be true, I think his conclusion is probably closer to the truth. People have proven year after year that they'll swallow the same load, myself included. But.. I think due to gamers expecting to pay big money come November, COD just isn't a priority with the initial purchase, but I think they still will get it, just not pre order and buy. People who would've gotten cod are now looking for a next gen shooter to oogle at, that being killzone and bf4. I hope cod sales suck and activision is forced to update/upgrade their shit, but I've hoped the same for years now, always with record breaking new copy and paste cods...
iiwii  +   918d ago
And it's not only that, it's the forcing of 4 X $15 map packs that are nothing but camper heaven, and rehashes of old maps from the previous games. So they are not charging $60 for the game, but instead, you are paying $120 for the same game every year.

And then you get the forced updates which force you to buy the map packs if you want to max out the game and get all of your trophies, otherwise it starts adding new objectives to keep you from getting that platinum you are "almost at", so you have to buy those extra packs.

There were so many good things about COD, but they have let the franchise rot from the core by ignoring the fans who complain about the ridiculous lag and hitbox issues, people running around hip-firing sniper rifles and getting instant kills everytime. Yet when you try to snipe the correct way, scope in, hold breath, get a headshot, and the guy just flenches and runs away. Don't mention the spamming shotguns that fire like semi-auto and instant kill you from 50 feet away, yet firing a machine gun at almost point blank range, emptying a clip and the guy still knifes and kills you. No dedicated servers and forcing the server host onto the endusers console for a complete lagfest. Crap like that is what has killed the COD franchise.

I'm glad to see it's finally coming back to slap them in the face, because they sure as heck were not listening to the feedback that gamers have been complaining about for the last 6 years.
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walkincarpet  +   919d ago
totally agree with you there... gamers need a break from COD anyway and guess what? Most of them will take a break this time even though they are releasing it. They need to do something different because all of a sudden they competing against BF, Destiny, Titanfall, The Division, Star Wars Battle Front, Halo, etc.

Hopefully, the cloud will help them with lag as well... that's the main reason why I'm giving COD a rest.
Robdeagle  +   919d ago
Lag and the worst spawning system ever.

I have owned every COD on console to date and this year will be very different. I don't even have an interest in COD anymore and haven't since all the crap I have put up with on BLOPs 2. I find it ridiculous that they have all those micro transactions and DLC to come out with, but won't fix the broken game.
TheTwelve  +   919d ago
Blame it on the fact that they actually thought people were going to buy the game for intelligent dogs and fish! hahahaha
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Destrania  +   919d ago
It's not just visuals, it's everything. I haven't touched CoD in years, and I'm all the better for it.
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shivvy24  +   919d ago
Havent bought one since MW2
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BattleTorn  +   919d ago
They might as well have blamed it on better games.
DeadlyFire  +   919d ago

Low pre-order numbers. In Call of Duty world. What is referenced as low? Also why pre-order when you can pick up a title on launch day.

Many factors in Call of Duty's low numbers and its not just a single one to blame. It doesn't mean doom overnight.

I expect Battlefield to take a chunk of the pie this season. As well as certain other titles.
mxrider2199  +   919d ago
bf4 and watch dogs are the multiplats that are taking away from cod
edgeofsins  +   919d ago
Call of Duty is a trend and a lot of trends are dying especially with the new console transition. Their laziness as devs is showing especially in their game on the newer consoles. It looks like another minor improvement despite the far better hardware.
camel_toad  +   919d ago
Amen for the wall. Maybe this will force them to innovate. I used to like COD a long time and several games ago. It would be nice if it became good and new again.
Shuyin  +   919d ago
Agreed. CoD was so much fun back in the MW1 & 2 days. I wish CoD gets that good again, although that is very unlikely.
I'm a battlefielder now.
ala_767  +   919d ago
I am a fan of CoD and I also admit Activision is doing too much.... Last year they announced that this year CoD wont make record in sales and this year when the next-gen was announced, they blamed the PS4/XOne

BattleTorn  +   919d ago
I personally believe that they won't ever re-introduce vehicles into Call of Duty simpy to avoid unfavourable comparisons with Battlefield.

They can't out do Battlfield in terms of vehicle incorporation simply because BF has been doing it longer.

The more innovating shooter that enter the market - the more narrow Call of Duty will become. IMO
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Donnieboi  +   919d ago
How the heck could it be next gen, when next-gen only ADDS more systems to buy it on? If someone isn't getting a PS4, Wii U or Xbox One, they can still get the game for PS3, 360 and (I think) Wii 1.

I can't believe the idiotic logic of Activision. If they really can't see how stale this franchise is, and the fact that it's STILL using the same Quake engine from 7 years ago, then i'm sorry--The people at Activision have absolutely no common sense.

Fish A.I. and a Dog. And maps with pre-scripted catastrophes (instead of real-time destruction like Battlefield). THESE are the things that Activision decided were good enough to sell to an audience who has been buying each barely "improved" sequel. No wonder they thought people would buy it. But I think this newest game was the3 last straw...It's the same damn gameplay and graphics engine, man -_-

They killed COD, just like they killed the Tony Hawk Pro Skater games and Guitar Hero (all of which were ground breaking in their first games)
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UnHoly_One  +   919d ago
Read the article and it will make sense to you.

He said that a lot of people probably haven't pre-ordered because they are undecided on what console to get it for.

The last few years, XBL players would pre-order the 360 version, PS players would pre-order the PS3 version, and that was that.

Now, the people who are going to be buying a new console have to decide if they want to buy it for the new console or for their current one. They will probably wait until they find out what all of their buddies are doing, and then decide.
GuyThatPlaysGames  +   919d ago
I don't care. I pre-ordered mine for PS4 and I'll still be playing the hell out of it! I don't care what everyone thinks about it. If you like it, get it. If not, move on and shut up!
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avengers1978  +   919d ago
I've gotten every COD game, but i think I'm passing on this one, I'm tired of these yearly games that offer nothing new.
Dlacy13g  +   919d ago
I am right there with you and I think the general consumer may finally be there too.
greenlantern2814  +   919d ago
Gonna agree with that, it just time for a break from COD for us and Activision. Time for something new
Sevir  +   919d ago
Its easy to cast the blame on the next gen consoles and I think this is partly true, but in the forefront of my mind, i feel that the series is showing just how much that retreading common ground has damaged the franchise for the better, the fact that what was shown wasn't mindblowing and that Bungie, Respawn and DICE pretty much all had much stronger showing proves that Gamers are simply ready for something new.

Destiny, Titan Fall and BF4 all captivated the audience at E3, and to some extent even Killzone has some excitement going into it.

COD as a franchise is Burning out and it seems more likely that people are gonna find that next big thing that'll likely sell bucket loads at launch!
chente0025  +   919d ago
Wii U is DOOMED!.....oh wait.
Dlacy13g  +   919d ago
LOL...+bubs for laugh
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RedHawkX  +   919d ago
hopefully destiny and other shooters become the new popular fps that everyone plays and everyone leavees call of duty.
ginsunuva  +   919d ago
What visual bump?
ZombieKiller  +   919d ago
Take a year? NONSENSE, then they couldn't make their billions on the engine EVERY YEAR.
I am definitely being sarcastic, I'm sure you guys could tell though. Typical Activision. Seriously fuck Activision. They lie to us and pretend we are all stupid. Just like when Black Ops came out and they said all the lag was due to EVERYONES ports not being forwarded. HAHAHA OK....the poor sales is half because COD is getting stale and the other half is because more gamers are starting to smarten up and realize Activision will never change their crappy business practices. Seriously, if you buy the map packs for this game, after buying the game on disk, obviously you are paying double for a game that is reused every year, redone and rehashed. Not to mention riddled with bugs for the first few patches and sometimes way off balance. Maybe all MP games that people play competitively should have a minimal standard 3 year development time. That way to iron out all the crap and NOT crash 2 of Zombiekillers PlayStation 3's damnit....especially when he bought it for other games and friends were the reason he plays COD anyway. One thing is certain, that game isnt touching my ps4. Hell no.
Gamer1982  +   919d ago
People are finally switching to Battlefield and Activison are blaming new consoles as heaven forbid people cannot surely be seeing the light I mean THEY HAVE DOGS!!!
JunioRS101  +   919d ago
Yeah, but... that would mean CHANGING a lot of stuff :/

I'd rather rehash the same thing forever and become millionaires.
GhostPanther  +   919d ago
LOL I am loving these replies. Well Said Agree and Bubble up to almost Everyone
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forcefullpower  +   919d ago
I think its more to do with BF4 being a more talked about game. Also Call of Doggy is becoming quite a joke point with mates now.

Just by presenting this at the x1 launch has screwed the franchise when they talked about dogs. Nearly forgot about the fish. Also the dual suns for the lighting.
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awesomeabe1998  +   919d ago
I am pretty shocked for a couple of reasons!

1-Poor sales and pre orders werent blamed on the Wii U!!!! Yes the apocalypse is beginning.

2-I know all the COD's are mostly copy-paste but this is actually the first unique and different one.

3-People say they should blame it on copy-paste, well no. This game has been copy-paste since it came out and it still makes tons of money so that is not the case.

4- COD Ghosts not pre ordered much! This is due to the fact that you can get it on every single console why pre order it? Its not like you are going to go to gamestop and it is going to be sold out.

Ghosts looks great, and im going to pre order it for my Wii U like a boss and enjoy the shit our of it.
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AzaziL  +   918d ago
Knew this was going to happen sooner or later, you don't just fire the founders of Infinity Ward (as well as losing half their staff afterwards) and expect the game to ever improve by the rehash masters at Treyarch.

After that fiasco with MW2 (Activision withholding the profits instead of honoring their contracts and paying them their well deserved bonus), I never expected much from them.
N2NOther  +   918d ago
Can you do me a favour? Can you ask the millions of people you talked to to get this information from and find out what game they are looking forward to? You seem to know lots about people's future buying intentions so I would like to be ahead of the curve.
JsonHenry  +   918d ago
Meanwhile BF4 pre-orders are at a crazy high!
fsfsxii  +   919d ago
Live and let die...
Drekken  +   919d ago
NO! Enhance the dogs, that will help.
sigfredod  +   919d ago
Yeah blame the next gen, LOL
modesign  +   919d ago
a milked franchise has hit the skids, who would of knew.
Virus201  +   919d ago
This is how it happened:

Activision=Chosen One

COD= Cow
zyphee  +   919d ago
Dugstar  +   919d ago
Could be the fact most people who have played COD for years have now grew up and moved on .

After Playing The Last Of Us .. It shows there can be new ideas and better ways to tell a story ..

Maybe Activision need to take a leaf out of there book maybe...

There is also GTA 5 due which will swallow a lot of peoples time regardless of this release and others.
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HarryBond  +   919d ago
better ways to tell a story? When has COD even told any story?

But TLoU was epic :D
GDDR6_2014  +   919d ago
People have not moved on from COD, Black Ops 2 just outsold Mw3, the previous best selling game ever on both ps3 and 360
zerocrossing  +   919d ago
Or maybe they should blame the fact that the biggest innovation for COD: Ghost is a Dog and fish AI...
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riceking  +   919d ago
o really?
GreenRanger  +   919d ago
This series has gone to the dogs.....and the fishes.
Eldyraen  +   919d ago
Its pretty simple really:

If you have an Xbox Titanfall looks "better" for many. If you are getting a PS4 same is true for Killzone. Battlefield 4 is on it all and looks better than ever (particularly on consoles). That basically leaves only diehard CoD fans and PS3 owners (as no Killzone).

It will likely still sell a lot but competition is much more fierce so its sales will take a dive. Preordering CoD this season is sort if a last resort as always easy to find it on shelves anyways due to shipping numbers.
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Wizziokid  +   919d ago
I really hope people are starting to realize that COD is the worst franchise in gaming at the moment.

The rinse and repeat formula needs to stop or the franchise should die.
SpitFireAce85  +   919d ago
This is one franchise that does not deserve the sales it gets every year for basically a map pack that's $60 plus the DLC.So I hope the game flunks big time.
T2  +   919d ago
good point, i think people will wise up to their b.s. Map pack, map pack, full game, map pack, map pack , full game.

basically you could spend hundreds of dollars on cod and still be doing the exact same thing.
DEEBO  +   919d ago
so many good titles all around the same as COD.battlefield,watchdogs,assa ssincreed,killzone,deadrisng and the sports games for next gen.gamers are being smart with their money.COD is going to have to prove it's worth this time.
Cherchez La Ghost  +   919d ago
COD still delivers a good single player campaign. I think now it's the time for the franchise to re-invent itself. The Battlefield series is always expanding.
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cunnilumpkin  +   919d ago
titan fall
the division
rainbow six patriots
splinter cell blacklist

all military shooters

all look way better to me than another call of duty game, I imagine many people feel the same
Crystallis  +   919d ago
you forgot Killzone SF, but I agree.
elhebbo16  +   919d ago
I think he is referring to multiplate shooters, but KZ: SF looks sexy never the less.
The_Sneauxman  +   919d ago
Nooo it's not next-gen it's the same issue that I didn't buy another COD title since MW2. No significant change in gameplay,graphics,engine, NOTHING!. I got suckered into MW2 and sold it a month later, not happening again and I'm sure that's what the general consensus is.
konnerbllb  +   919d ago
I actually enjoyed bo1. It was the most balanced aside from cod4. The netcode was what made me stop playing.
_QQ_  +   919d ago
malol  +   919d ago
juggernaut !
00  +   919d ago
This is a very good thing
It's grave will be right beside Guitar Hero,
TheEnigma313  +   919d ago
And Tony Hawk
Wikkid666  +   919d ago
Why preorder a game when the store shelves are filled from day 1?
Garethvk  +   919d ago
I am sure once they start the full on add blitz around NFL games and the new Fall television shows and when it becomes closer to shipping sales will pick up. The game has become almost a holiday tradition in that good, bad, or indifferent, many gamers check it out and look for it every November.
Aces17  +   919d ago
Maybe people are getting tired of it. I have enjoyed the games I played since I started playing CoD when BO1 released but its gotten to no longer even be fun. I don't know how those who have been playing it longer than that still do it.

At this point I think many people will choose to buy it only if a large portion of their friends buy too.
Salooh  +   919d ago
Great news. That will teach them not to be lazy. Titanfall will be the next call of duty for me and if they milked it i will do the same to it..
fsfsxii  +   919d ago
And the cycle goes on...
Knux  +   919d ago
It looks like the dog is not enough... :O
SpideySpeakz  +   919d ago
Then what's their excuse for BF4 out pre-ordering them?
They're on next-gen, too.
Evil_Ryu  +   919d ago
call of duty is gonna go the way of the dodo(guitar hero) unless they step there game up in a big way because if not battlefield is going to blow them guppies out the water
AngelicIceDiamond  +   919d ago
After all these years even die hard COD fans are starting to vote with there Wallets. And its about time.
Bennibop  +   919d ago
Battlefield 4, kill zone and titanfall are all looking much better that is why the preorders are rubbish!!
chrissx  +   919d ago
This has been a long time coming...honestly I won't even be concerned with COD next gen. But battlefield on the other hand....
No_Limit  +   919d ago
I am getting Battlefield 4 as my FPS at launch rather than COD.

I do not wish COD to go the way of Tony Hawk or Guitar Hero but hopefully the lower than expected sales will finally make Activision to wake up and try something new for the franchise. As far as I know, outside of COD, and now maybe Destiny (even then, Activision don't own the IP or have control over Bungie), I do not see another IP in their arsenal that can compete with the likes of Take 2 (Rockstar Games, Bioshock, 2K Sports, Borderland) EA (Battlefield, EA Sports, Bioware) or Ubisoft (Watchdog, Assassin's Cred, the Tom Clancys). With all that money, Activision better start investing on some new IPs because once COD's Fad is over, the company might be in serious trouble. Vivendi/Blizzard might had made a smart decision to part ways with them.
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T2  +   919d ago
Im not saying a cover system is the answer because cover systems have so many problems, but COD has become really dated, I mean what tactical knowledge can you even use in COD? it usually just boils down to who shoots first, better internet connection, or better overpowered gun.
Even the odd fun thing like chucking c4 gets repetitive.
xReDeMpTiOnx  +   919d ago
Only next gen thing about ghosts is being on next gen consoles lmao
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