World War 2!
It seems Activision got the memo. After an abysmal quarter of sales following Infinite Warfare, they learned that fans are important. Activision has listened the masses of the gaming world and will return to World War 2 for the next release. This is great news, but can also be a nightmare and a pivotal point in the Call of Duty Installment.
Sell Baby Sell!
The reality is, Activision realized that Infinite Warfare was not a big seller. In fact, this is one of the worst sales for a Call of Duty Game game since 2007! (Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, Call of Duty: World at War, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Call of Duty: Black Ops, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, Call of Duty Ghosts, Call of Duty Advanced Warfare, Call of Duty: Black Ops 3) The main reason for Activision to change is not one solely to make fans happy. It is also to make gains after the losses of the last title, and thats where the bad news lies.
So What Is The Problem?
Part of the problem with the latest installments of Call of Duty is not necessarily the gameplay, which is a big issue. The real concern lies with the microtransactions which have destroyed the competitive nature of Call of Duty. Orginally, Call of Duty only had DLC that involved Maps. For about $10-$15, you could have 4 new maps. Or for $50, you could have the season pass that would add a couple of camos, a reticle, and 16 maps. This was on top of the 16-18 maps you would have just by owning the game. Then came DLC weapons. These weapons were overpowered and gave an advantage, and the only way to get it was with, well you guessed, buying the DLC. Now it wasn’t too bad because if you didn’t buy the maps, you would not have to face them very often. Then came the dreaded supply drops. The supply drops at first were new weapons. A little more balanced, but unfair for a couple reaons. 1 only players who grinded for hours would get enough supply drops to get it. And 2, people could spend hundreds of dollars buying supply drops so that they could actually get a gun. This leads to the worst form of Call of Duty, the variants. Now every gun has a variant that has a special ability. This is compunded by the fact that even with grinding, there is no way to get all of the weapons. And those who are willing to spend hundreds of dollars, are almost guaranteed the best weapons.
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This is a major concern because in World War 2, there were not any variants, and adding fake guns via DLC could ruin the community. We do have the luxury of going back to the roots, but we will have to wait for E3 and see Activisions move regarding microtransactions. I know activision is a company, and must make money, but are microtransations really worth losing that many fans. Especially in a time when competitors are giving away free maps and gun updates. Until then, Call of Duty on everyone, and share and comment your thoughts below.