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Call of Duty is BOUND to Fail

In a recent blog post, I predicted that the next generation of consoles would bring the end of Call of Duty. This is something that currently might be hard to believe, as the franchise shatters records every single year. It's a billion dollar franchise, backed by millions of dollars spent on advertising and promotions. Call of Duty is massive, and that's exactly the way Activision made it.

However, with the next generation of consoles on the horizon, Call of Duty can no longer compete. There are quite a few reasons why I believe franchises like Battlefield, Halo, and TitanFall will surpass the FPS juggernaut. Here are my reasons why I believe Call of Duty is bound to fail:

1) 60 fps just isn't what it used to be: The staple of the Call of Duty franchise has been 60 frames per second; an impressive feat on consoles that Infinity Ward and Treyarch love to brag about. While PC games can typically reach up over 100 fps at times, most 360 and PS3 shooters are locked at 30 fps with often-occurring framerate drops that bring it even lower. Call of Duty is smooth and fast, and that's why people love it.

On next gen consoles ,however, 60 frames per second will become the norm. Battlefield and Halo are already confirmed to be running at 60 fps, and you can bet that other shooters will as well. With so much power in thew new consoles, it isn't impressive that Call of Duty will have a solid framerate. The franchise's competition will boast the same smooth experience while also delivering much better graphics. I mean, come on. Battlefield 4 looks almost life-like, while Call of Duty is still using the same old engine as it was over ten years ago.

2) Dedicated servers are a big deal: For years Call of Duty fans have asked for dedicated servers on consoles, something that Infinity Ward, Treyarch, and Activision refuse to do. Of course with sometimes millions of players on at one time, dedicated servers would be extremely expensive, and you know that Activision isn't willing to lose any money. If people continue to buy Call of Duty every year, there is no reason for them to offer expensive dedicated servers.

However, on next gen consoles, dedicated servers will be a big deal. Battlefield has already offered them on consoles for a few years now, and it is a terrific experience. There isn't any host migration or dropped connections, and there's a lot less lag compensation. Everyone is playing on even grounds. Halo will also be offering dedicated servers on Xbox One as they transition to the future, and bring the best experience possible. People will not continue to except host-advantage, lag compensation, invisible bullets, and a noticeable delay on Call of Duty. It's the most frustrating thing in gaming to fire six empty shots right into another play and not get a single hit marker because of the terrible connection.

3) Activision has already killed Tony Hawk and Guiter Hero: Remember Tony Hawk's Pro Skater? Yeah, those were terrific games. Remember Guitar Hero? Of course, it was a lot of fun with friends and family. Remember how boring, repetitive, and unnecessary those games became at the end of their life span? Yup, of course. Activision followed a similar model with those games that they do now with Call of Duty. They sink tons of money into advertising in order to hype them up every year, and then quickly dump it when their next big franchise comes along. In 2014, Activision will be bringing us Bungie's Destiny, an epic MMO shooter from the makers of Halo. When that releases, you will see them begin to phase out Call of Duty. They only have room to spend on advertising for one franchise at a time, and Destiny is the next big thing.

4) People are tired of old, repetitive franchises: With the upcoming release of the Xbox One and PS4 comes brand new expectations and desires from gamers. Call of Duty, Assassin's Creed, and other frequently-released titles are becoming boring and way too familiar. It's time for Watch Dogs, Destiny, and TitanFall to usher in a new era. You know what they say: Out with the old, in with the new.

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grayfoxx8811790d ago

While I share your enthusiasm for the hopeful demise of Call of Duty, I believe you aren't taking many things into consideration when making your case.

Out of all the games you have listed, the only one that has a decent chance of touching COD in sales is Battlefield 4, and that's wishful thinking. There was an article in the last few days stating sales for Battlefield 4 are predicted to be around 14 million, which is still a far cry from the 26 million Modern Warfare 3 sold.

While 60 fps is a big deal for you and I, to many other people it isn't. That same argument could also be said for dedicated servers. Sure, many hardcore COD players hate the pvp and lag, but I don't believe those complaints put a dent in sales. For every player that moves on to another shooter, there are plenty of 10 to 14 year-olds getting into a game of Call of Duty for the first time. I teach both middle and high school, and a majority of the students that play COD have no idea about frames per second or dedicated servers. It's a game they know how to play, and they enjoy playing it with there friends. I don't see this changing anytime soon.

I don't think you are being realistic in thinking that Activision will begin phasing out COD in 2014. Where is your information that proves Activision cannot support the advertising campaigns of both COD and Destiny? Do you know how much money Activision has? They are not going to abandon the largest-selling game in the market for an unproven one! Sure, Bungie is proven, but Destiny isn't. We haven't seen more than 30 minutes of Destiny gameplay, so it's far too early to say that it's the next big thing.

Some gamers are indeed tired of the yearly releases like COD and Assassin's Creed, but others aren't. Personally, I don't care for either franchise, but you can't deny the high sales for each. While Destiny and Titanfall look incredible to me, we don't know how these games will do in regards to sales, or if the player demographic will overlap with COD. We just have to wait and see.

freelandmedia1790d ago

I agree with a lot of things that you are saying, but I ultimately believe the end of Call of Duty will be fairly soon.

However, I don't necessarily think Battlefield 4 will outsell it. I think Call of Duty Ghosts will probably sell extremely well. But I believe it is after that game that we will begin to see a decline. I know that Activision has plenty of money for both Destiny and Call of Duty, but they aren't going to waste a lot on an old series. This is just what Activision does. They did it with Tony Hawk, they did it with Guitar Hero, and they're going to do it with Call of Duty. CoD will likely last quite a few more years, but I don't think it will sell well. Overall, Activision will just put much more focus on Destiny, and begin to slowly phase out Call of Duty. They have a lot of history of selling extremely popular franchises, but they always know when to jump ship, and move on to the "next big thing."

grayfoxx8811790d ago (Edited 1790d ago )

Again, you are missing some relevant information.

Activision is a business, and that company is out to make money. Activision will continue to put out Call of Duty annually for as long as it is economically viable for them to do so. Even if sales numbers are cut in half, the company would still be selling between 13 and 14 million copies. Those are sales numbers any publisher would kill for, even more so considering the current climate of the gaming industry.

No publisher is going to "jump ship" on a franchise just because it is old. You keep on using examples of franchises like Guitar Hero and Tony Hawk, but the only thing those two series have in common with Call of Duty is that all three were published by Activision.

Guitar Hero saw rapidly declining sales, and it oversaturated the market. Some would also consider music games a fad, like Dance Dance Revolution. The series was no longer financially viable, so Activision pulled the plug. The Tony Hawk series met a similar fate.

Both Tony Hawk and Guitar Hero sales figures were nowhere close to what Call of Duty is selling now. COD is a first person shooter, which is the most popular genre, and I wouldn't consider first person shooter games as a fad. As long as it makes the publisher money, COD won't be going anywhere, no matter how old the franchise is. Activision can support two extremely successful franchises. Destiny has a lot to prove, but I doubt lifetime sales of Bungie's new game will reach half of what Call of Duty's current sales figures are.

You keep stating that you believe Call of Duty sales will see a decline fairly soon, but where is the evidence that supports your claim? Your personal opinion is one thing, but sales figures are quite another. Will new games take a significant cut of the demograpic? Battlefield 3 did not. Thinking games like Titanfall and Destiny will cut into COD sales when the public has seen very little of either game is foolish.

oof461789d ago

@grayfoxx881: Battlefield 3 did cut into CoD sales. Activision acknowledged it.

H3ADWOUND811790d ago

Even though there are plenty of people out there that wish it to be true we all know the next installment will out sell all other games out at the time barring GTA V, which is touted to set a new record so to speak.

freelandmedia1790d ago

Oh, I have no doubts that Call of Duty Ghosts will probably break more records. But I believe that next year we will begin to see CoD's decline. Destiny, TitanFall, and Battlefield will take over the market

Games4M - Rob1789d ago

what makes there chances at bringing down COD any greater than they have been previously ?

Xbox360 had Halo, and still COD sold bucketloads.
PS3 had Killzone & Resistance, and still COD sold bucketloads.
Both consoles had BF3 and still COD sold bucketloads.

So whats changed ?

COD is the Wii of gaming software - anyone can pick it up, play it, and feel like they are good at it - that's why it sells bucketloads. You don't need skills, tactical knowledge, or teamwork.

COD aint going anywhere.

wtopez1789d ago

A piece complaining about the lack of originality in gaming, with exactly zero original opinions or ideas.

PurpHerbison1789d ago

The COD fanbase is larger than any of the titles you mentioned. COD will continue to be the #1 best seller, unfortunately.

Bladesfist1789d ago

On consoles. On PC Counterstrike, Battlefield, TF will continue to be ahead.

PurpHerbison1789d ago

Well.. yeah, but just the console sales alone crush PC, unfortunately.

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