Macquarie Securities’ Ben Schachter and other analysts, including Michael Pachter, have “significant concerns” toward Activision’s Call of Duty series and the FPS (first-person shooter) genre as a whole. Schacter believes that Call of Duty has reached its peak in 2011 and will have a hard time trying to expand its audience. Below are Schacter’s six reasons as to why he thinks Call of Duty: Black Ops will always be the most successful title in the franchise’s history:
- HD hardware and software as a whole have been declining all year (it is not just weak Wii sales that are impacting the industry)
- Lifetime unit sales of Modern Warfare 3 are slightly below Black Ops
- The genre seems tired
- The futursitic setting may not have the same appeal for some
- The macro economic environment is causing some gamers to hold back on upgrades
- Currency fluctuations mean that European sales are worth less to ATVI shareholders
Those of you wishing to rank up a little quicker on Call of Duty Black Ops will be pleased to know that developer Treyarch are running a double XP weekend starting from now and finishing May 10th.
To celebrate their 10 millionth Facebook fan milestone, Treyarch is hosting a Double XP multiplayer weekend starting now and extending it through 8:00am Pacific, Tuesday, May 10. Anyone playing in multiplayer matches of Call of Duty: Black Ops will earn double XP rewards and level up.
- Press release
Development studio Treyarch have reaffirmed their commitment to Call Of Duty: Black Ops for the Nintendo Wii.
A Treyarch representative has stated to gaming press that the development studio are trying as hard as possible to make the Wii version of Call Of Duty: Black Ops every bit as impressive and immersive as the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions.
“Whereas we’re able to create the same assets that can be displayed on the PS3, PC and the 360, we actually have to do quite a bit of work both on the technology and the assets and the investment is heavy to get it working on the Wii.”
“What we want to be able to do is create the most intense, the most cinematic ‘you can’t believe this is running on the Wii situation that you could imagine.”
“That’s what people expect from Call Of Duty. They expect to be blown away. We’re going to blow you away.”
- Treyarch’s Mark Lamia
Activision has confirmed to gaming press that the highly anticipated Call of Duty: Black Ops is coming to the Nintendo Wii as well as Xbox 360, PC and PS3, on the 9th November.
Major US gaming emporium GameStop have mysteriously omitted Call of Duty: Black Ops for the Nintendo Wii from its online search listings.
The title is currently only available for pre-order for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Windows, though no concern should be given at present as no specific systems have been revealed for the highly anticipated title.
The latest edition of the Call of Duty franchise was revealed last night by developer Treyach and publisher Activision.
Treyach the developer behind the next instalment of the highly regarded Call of Duty franchise showed off the next game in the series titled Black Ops which is due for release November 9th 2010.
Whilst information regarding the storyline is fairly scarce at present, UK retailer Game has stated that Black Ops will be set across the globe “from Cuba to the Arctic and the jungles of Vietnam.”
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