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  • Analysts: End of Call of Duty

    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare was supposed to fix the downward trend in sales for the COD franchise that began with COD: Ghosts. As of now it doesn't seem to be the case.

    Cowen & Company did their analysis by comparing pre-order sales seen for the games in Amazon and this is what they concluded: "Advanced Warfare is now pacing almost 40 percent behind last year's Ghosts and almost 70 percent behind 2012's Black Ops 2. We continue to believe CoD will be down meaningfully vs. last year. With the franchise facing two consecutive significant year on year declines in sales, we think it is prudent to assume it has peaked."

    In other words, the reign of COD is coming to an end. If you are thinking it is because gamers have stopped pre-ordering then you are wrong. In 2014 the record for most pre-orders for a game has been broken twice already, first by Watch Dogs and then by Destiny.

    Long story short, the gamers have lost their interest on the franchise and no matter how much of a change Sledgehammer Games brought with COD: AW, it wasn't enough to drive sales. But maybe we are wrong and COD: AW will be used as a basis for better COD games in the future. Only time will tell.

  • Sledgehammer Says The Extra Year Benefited Advanced Warfare

    Time and time again Sledgehammer Games has said that Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is the result of the fan’s wished for something new. Recently in a Best Buy Google Hangout session studio co-founder restated the uniqueness of Advanced Warfare. Condrey said gamers have "never played a Call of Duty this way before," and that the 3 year development cycle is to thank for that:

    "I think that was really what that extra year gave us, the chance to break a few things. To maybe alienate a few ideas to bring Sledgehammer's take to Call of Duty. And maybe push boundaries further than people were comfortable and then pull it back if we went too far." The main innovation is the exosuit. The suit allows new never before seen gameplay features to be added to COD. The suit essentially gives players a set of super powers on top of the unique maneuverability. But they made sure not to let the combat change too much and retain the same tight combat mechanics that the franchise is loved for. Another big change the made was the high budget story mode. COD is known for its mediocre campaign mode which is just slapped on for the sake of having a single-player aspect. If they pull the campaign off like intended, this will for sure be the best addition the COD franchise in a while. After COD: Ghosts, the franchise needs a champion to bring back the gamers.

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