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Entry #1 - I Found the Call of Duty Community
Call of Duty has been shifting all over the place since the sales statistics starting dropping on the release date for Sledgehammer Games Advanced Warfare. Fans were not pleased, and so came the exit of many hundreds of thousands/perhaps even millions of Call of Duty players.
The community has still been prevalent in the meta space for Call of Duty, as the latest title releases for the franchise have remained super successful, and therefore have a large number of players active on the online platform for the recent releases.
Where are we at, in September of 2017, as we are less than 2 months away from the release of the next Call of Duty title, WW2. This is a shaky launch as predictions for the game have remained positive, more so now that the private BETA has comes and gone, but there is an overall sentiment that the game is not in any way innovative.
But, we are not here to chat away about the success predictions for Call of Duty: WW2. We are here to get into the dirt of where the Call of Duty community has drifted off to since the sales drops in 2013 through to the current date in 2017.
Where are the Call of Duty Players From Back in the Days of Modern Warfare 2?
In 2017, the Call of Duty franchise still stands as being one of the best selling games for the year, so there is little doubt that Activision are overly worried about the content released for the franchise.
As it turns out Call of Duty sales at a record low can still reel in the players, as the game still draws tens of millions of players to the online leaderboards in 2017.
The fact however that the Call of Duty games have been dropping in sales since 2013 means that either a whole bunch of gamers died, quit gaming, or moved to other gaming franchises.
We are going with the bet that a lot of these gamers from the Call of Duty days back in 2012 have shifted slightly into similar franchises that likely provide FPS gameplay in similar war eras that they prefer to play.
Everybody Has Got their Buddy From Back in the Days of Modern Warfare 2 - the Height for the Call of Duty Franchise
God damn it Jeff, what are you doing on...
They're on Star Wars: Battlefront
Off-topic: I knew that Star Wars: The Force Awakens was going to be a great movie since they are now under the hand of Walt Disney. What I did not know however was that it was going to gravitate millions of adoring Stars Wars fans to Star Wars games titles. In this case, it is Star Wars: Battlefront, and if things were not already bad enough there is a sequel set to release in winter of 2017 later this year.
On-topic: Star Wars: Battlefront has the online platform which is the Star Wars equivalence of Call of Duty's online space. Not true?
In Star Wars: Battlefront there is the option to fight in first-person or third-person, and many players opt for the third-person gameplay because of it making it easier to see the wider spaces around you. It is still a game that has stolen away a whole bunch of Call of Duty players.
This is mainly due to the hype around Star Wars with the new trilogy in the works throughout the next few years. As long as there are Star Wars movies being released into theatres around the world there will always be a large number of gamers drifting to the Star Wars gaming titles.
Star Wars: Battlefront has a very rewarding online platform, and many would probably argue that the games gameplay is closer to Battlefields, but then again, Battlefield is Call of Duty's closest competitor.
They're on Destiny
Off-topic: Destiny is practically Activision's take on Halo, but the story is entirely original, and the online space is heavily similar to that of Halo's.
When Halo died. Did Halo die?
Let's try that again. When Halo (probably) died Destiny emerged from the ashes and brought with it a hailstorm of science-fiction first-person shooter gaming fans.
Just an FYI. I have never played Destiny or Destiny 2. Not a fan of science-fiction games that has a world based around a futuristic, in space, or distant planet setting.
On-topic: For those who were there back in 2007, probably through till around 2009/10, will know that the Call of Duty community was extremely active on both the latest Call of Duty title and Halo.
Halo was super successful back in the prime days of the Xbox 360/PS3, and had players either split between playing Halo or Call of Duty, or players would bounce around between the two franchises.
In 2017 (present year, month, day), Halo is a thing of the past, and this largely began to happen once there was the switch between the old-generation consoles to the next-generation (current) consoles. Today, the equivalence of playing Halo is Destiny (1 and 2) and Overwatch, both of which are franchises published by Activision.
This has sprouted a lot of fast talk about where all of the Call of Duty community has split-off to since the dawn of new franchises like Destiny, Overwatch and Titanfall. Well, sure enough, a lot of the players on these science-fiction FPS games should be players making up the missing parts to Call of Duty's community.
They're on Battlefield 1
Off-topic: Battlefield is the FPS franchise that gave birth to the open-world map spaces online where team players could wonder around for miles in vehicles taking down enemy players as you go.
Battlefield became a success on its own and did not require the formative success of another franchise as the game is simply designed, and unique to the bare bones of the games titles designs.
Battlefield has set their gaming titles in war eras that cover mostly the modern day elements of combat, but most recently took a dive into unknown territory with their title release of Battlefield 1. Fans were in awe.
The disbelief to see an FPS franchise that is a hit with the gaming community set their game in the war zone of world war 1. This was a shocker. The title being Battlefield 1.
On-topic: Battlefield has always been the closer online competitor for the Call of Duty franchise, but in the reality of the way that the two franchises play makes them extremely distant cousins in the eyes of the gamers.
That is, however, not to say that Battlefield 1 is out of the mix when considering where a large proportion of the Call of Duty community as wondered off to.
The latest Battlefield title is Battlefield 1, a game set around the war era of world war 1. This is something that Call of Duty fans have been wanting now since the release of World at War back in 2008, as the world war eras were extremely gritty, and very much bare bones in warfare tactics.
Of course, in the case that Call of Duty would take the path of the Halo combat style, and Battlefield would take the path of the legendary world war combat style, Battlefield would win over the Call of Duty community every time.
They're on Titanfall
Off-topic: Titanfall first hit the gaming world back in 2013 when the Xbox One (next-generation) console released, and this was the title game being forced onto the Xbox community through bundle deals tying the game into the console purchase.
This was also the time when Call of Duty had out Ghosts, a regrettable game developed by the dazed and confused developer, Infinity Ward. Titanfall was more of a delight, given that it was new and fresh, whereas Ghosts seemed like it did not know what it was trying to achieve in having players play the online mode.
On-topic: Titanfall, although forced onto new-generation Xbox One buyers back in 2013, received a much awaited sequel in 2016, titled Titanfall 2. The second instalment for the series has a much better multiplayer, and one would assume that the campaign is pretty good as well.
The futuristic franchises that were born futuristic makes a heller lot of sense given that this was the games initial story making process. Titanfall, Destiny, and Overwatch therefore get a pass from players who are not into the futuristic setting. Hence, immediate gratification from the community lining up to play these games, including the Titanfall series.
Call of Duty forced players into a futuristic setting through gradual pushes into warfare that is taking place within the future (Black ops 2, Ghosts), to suddenly thrust-jumping and wall running fans of the franchise into the distant future warfare setting.
Not a problem for Call of Duty's franchise to see some return on their investment for these style of game titles given the immense success of Destiny, Titanfall and Overwatch, but it almost feels like there was little to no notice of this taking place.
They're on Overwatch, Rainbow Six: Siege, and Black Ops 3
These are the final "where are they?" gaming franchises, and one Call of Duty title that we just had to include.
Off-topic: Overwatch, for some reason hit it big with FPS gaming fans from around the world, and we say this because we have not spent a single moment of time playing the game to know if it is any good.
Although, we have seen a few YouTube videos of SSSniper Wolf playing the game online, and we have to say that it looks quite fun. Not overly impressive or ground breaking, but it looks to be a silly formula game for players who want to kick back and not play an overly serious FPS game like Call of Duty.
Rainbow Six: Siege, the game that no one was expecting, largely due to its new gameplay style that takes the game into complete first-person, whereas previously the franchise had been prominently third-person.
Siege is the type of online FPS game that everyone enjoys because there is no worrying about kill/death ratios, having to take on large units of enemies, but rather instead being able to kick back and storm some buildings that have terrorists holding civilians hostage. What we are trying to say is, it is different.
On-topic: Overwatch has got such a large player base that goes into the millions online that they have to have taken some of the Call of Duty community with them. These would be the best sorts of Call of Duty players, given that they are the less than average players who are more than likely to make up for the ratio of too many good players/too fewer bad players. Basically, Overwatch players, easier to kill on Call of Duty.
Rainbow Six: Siege is that one game that released in 2016 that for some reason agreed with the FPS gaming community. The entire game online is pretty much the good guys taking down the bad guys (terrorists), who are likely hidden within a barricaded room somewhere within a hotel.
Siege's gaming mechanics are good, the teamwork element is vital so it would appeal to groups of friends to play the game, and there is a lot of satisfaction in tilting your player to shoot a guy from around the corner. Simply satisfying to kill people, and that would equal a DAMN! Since this is the sole reason why FPS players play Call of Duty. We simply cannot have kill-satisfying competition.
Yep, Black Ops 3 has made the cut for this list. This is mainly to do with the fact that throughout 2016/2017, that takes Call of Duty into a newly released title cycle away from BO3, we have still seen a substantial level of support for 2015's Black Ops 3 title. This has never happened in the history of Call of Duty.
Black Ops may simply be the exception because Infinite Warfare (Call of Duty, 2016) players were mostly disappointed which saw the player base split within the Call of Duty community, with some going back to Black Ops 3 (previously released COD title, 2015), some sticking with Infinite Warfare, and others going to Modern Warfare Remastered (COD game, standalone copy, 2017) and separate FPS franchises.
My 2017 FPS Game!
Which FPS shooter, if any, has been your choice for 2017 (so far)?
Let us know down in the comments which game you have been playing over the course of 2017. Are you a loyal Call of Duty fan, or maybe you have been throughout the past Call of Duty title cycles.
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