Activision blames Xbox One and PS4!
It seems like the next installment in the COD franchise won’t be able to break the records set by its predecessor. The pre-order numbers for COD Ghosts are low, when compared to that of Black Ops II.
The publisher of the game, Activision themselves acknowledged this by saying, “pre-orders for Ghosts are well below the record-setting pace set by Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 last year.”
Instead of blaming the fact that the franchise has become a copy-paste one, Activision blames Next-Gen. They are not even ready to accept that releasing a new COD every year would cause franchise fatigue.
During the company’s earning call yesterday, Activision CEO Hirshberg said, “As one might expect in this console transition year, pre-orders for Call of Duty: Ghosts are well below the record-setting pace set by Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 last year.”
“However, our quantitative consumer research indicates that hesitation amongst past club pre-orders is primarily due to not knowing which platform they will be playing on, which is natural at this time in the console transition.”
“It’s also worth mentioning that our other key engagement metrics from the number of people playing per month to the number of people playing daily to DLC sales, to video views, to community engagement are all significantly ahead of past years,” he added.
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