I concur. They will milk it dry, and then fire the whole team when it stops making money for them.
Interesting... I think it will go on for a few more years.
People will have to get tired of FPS shooters soon, right?
In other words, get ready for more shitty CoD games.
maybe the first news article I've read throughout, you did it Mr. Klepeck.
CoD is a series that has lived and will only live on this (the 7th?) generation of consoles. Once the next round of consoles come out the focus will shift to another franchise I can guarantee that!
In depth thoughts, i like it.
XD i can just imagine patrick slaving away at this article then the first comment by @fishstick is "Yup"
Hopefully the formula will change quite a bit. Its getting really stale tho i appriciate the RPG style format MW1 did bring to the table
Fantastic article. I look forward to reading more stuff like this from you, Patrick.
Klepek strikes early and hard. Nicely done!
We'll see a drop in quality in their next Call Of Duty game, not having the old Infinity Ward team working on it is going to have an impact.
This is EXACTLY what Giant Bomb needed. The right kind of person for this job, inside news, broken, and with commentary. Welcome to the site Patrick, looking forward to your work my man.
I still kind of regret getting BLOPS. The only reason I did is because it's the one game (apart from FIFA) that my brothers and I are willing to play together, I have no interest in it's online multiplayer these days. Still very interested in seeing how MW3 turns out.
OOOOOOOHHHHHHHHHHHH! He dropped a bomb on it!!
Really enjoyed this read - good to see these kind of articles popping around GB!
Patrick Klepek, I'm so glad you're back. There are hearts in my eyes right now.
Wow. I knew Klepek was going to bring some great news coverage but I had no idea he'd do it on this scale. Good work.
Great article. I had no idea the jump in sales between the first Modern Warfare and the second was so huge.
What I find interesting is they point out COD4 sold around 2 million in the first month. I got the feeling that game got much more popular later on than most. When it came out the original Assassin's Creed was being released as well, and in my group of friends, I was the only one who bought COD4 on launch, everyone else bought AC. About 3 months later they all started talking about COD4 and they all owned it. By then I had moved on to different games so I never really paid attention but it seems like that game got much more popular a few months into 2008 than on launch.
Great article,can't wait for more. The Whiskey empire grows greater every week!
Great article, interesting read, and hopefully this means activision is changing things up with the pressure from BF3.
Hurrah @ Klepek
It's stuff like this that makes me glad that Black Ops will be my last CoD game I'll get to enjoy before the true "milking" will begin.
They'll still drive the franchise to the ground all the same, not that I care though.
"If you really step back and dispassionately look at any measurement—sales, player engagement, hours of online play, performance of DLC—you can absolutely conclude that the potential for this franchise has never been greater,"
Klepek, you are a credit to your profession. So happy to have you here!
Is it me, or does that quote seem like they're saying COD did the opposite of GH? So instead of a sudden boom, then slow decline, COD has had a steady growth and then will... INSTANTLY DIE?
"This is a great question and one we have thought about a lot," wrote Hirshberg back in February. "But there are several key differences between the two franchises worth considering. Guitar Hero quickly reached incredible heights, but then began a steady decline. Call of Duty, on the other hand, has steadily grown every single year of its seven-year existence."
Nothing can make me hyped for a Call of Duty game. I just buy them out of habit, really..
I'm so intrigued with the Call of Duty franchise. It's so fucking huge, and I often contemplate when it will come to the point that people just don't care anymore.
also congrats on bring a decent news story to Giant bomb patrick.
He talks about "surrounding the brand with a suite of services and an online community that makes our fans never want to leave", but as an outsider I see a young mostly obnoxious player base with questionable loyalty, that's being bled dry with expensive DLC. If they built a community around map editing and modelling tools, then I could understand him, but in so far as I know, that's not part of the CoD package.
I just don't see what's attractive about CoD or its community.
Other genres have risen and then waned. FPSs aren't going to disappear, but I could see the market contracting and changing such that a CoD as we know it today would be a second-tier title.
Patrick, this is the kind of stuff I like to read. Fantastic. Welcome aboard!
" In other words, get ready for more shitty CoD games. "The games haven't been shitty thus far and seem to be increasing in their popularity with each iteration. That's the whole point of this article.
How long have you been sitting on this in preparation for your first impression? I kid, I kid. This is great stuff.
Great article. Looking for forward to reading more of your stuff, Patrick.
This article is a nice piece of business.
Great job, Pat!
This is more like it, an article you want to read, not regurgitated Kotaku stories.
Great article. It is about time we have in depth articles that arent just previews of games. I look forward to more stuff from you patrick!
COD games have never innovated the single player experience....
Great read, and a lot of good points on Activison's part. They do have a huge game in a huge genre. This can only be a good thing for them. This won't be GH for that reason alone.
Good article, but I kind of liked it better when Activision wasn't a topic of conversation on this site.
I bought call of duty 1-4 and haven't bought one since. In fact, I haven't bought any brown modern miliatry shooter since. So I can at least say for me, they have killed the genre. But to the people who look forward to the yearly release, I salute you and say have fun.
Parallels of Call of Duty and Final Fantasy perhaps?
This is the kind of industry insider type article we need at GB. It's interesting stuff, to be sure. A good start for mr. Klepak