OK who am I kidding, that’s not happening. If I would take a break from indulging in hyperbole, there is some truth to this statement. Although total sales of the latest installment aren’t available to the public, analysts are forecasting a 4.2% drop in total sales when compared to those of its predecessor, Call of Duty: Black Ops.
So does this mean we all get to throw our consoles into the air in joyous celebration now that the king has been slain? Most likely not, but this does signal a cause for concern for future games in the heavily milked series. This could mean a few problems for the future, one of them being a customer dissatisfaction with the multiplayer effort of newcomers Sledgehammer Games and Raven Software. What this means for Activision’s second-in-command Treyarch is yet to be seen, with them taking the helm of the Modern Warfare series always a looming possibility if sales continue to decrease.
With rumors of the “new generation” of consoles swirling about, it would be imperative for Activision to enter the next generation of consoles with its flagship title firing on all cylinders. Whether this is the beginning of a trend or just a small blip on the radar for Activision will be dictated by how they intend on advancing the series forward and really innovating in the genre that they have already influenced so much. Or they could just release the same game over and over. That too.
- Black Ops 2 Wii U: No Nuketown, Livestreaming, Elite