While the reception to Call of Duty: Ghosts has been largely positive, it’s no secret that some critics were less than pleased with the latest installment. What does this mean for Activision? Apparently nothing.
In an interview with Game Informer, Eric Hirshberg revealed he doesn’t think that players are suffering from Call of Duty fatigue. “No. We’ve been pretty transparent all year that we think, because of the challenges of the console transition year, that that was likely in the short-term. I think it would be a mistake to conflate the challenges of the console transition year with any indications about the health of the franchise.”
When asked if he agreed with the critical view that yearly releases are hurting the franchise he obviously disagreed. “Well no, obviously not – and obviously I don’t agree with the critics there. I know that Call of Duty’s a polarising franchise with some of the critics, and it’s clear to me that not all the critics like our strategy of making a game every year, but thankfully our fans do.
“It’s also clear to me that the critical response doesn’t always mirror the fans’ appreciation of a game. We actually do read the critics’ comments and take them into consideration during our creative process, but we just can’t measure ourselves by that yardstick alone.
“Our most important audience is our fans, so we try to stay laser-focused on making games that they love. If you look at the fact that [Ghosts is] the most pre-ordered game of the year, it’s the most pre-ordered next-gen game of the year, it’s already the number one most played on Xbox Live, and that we’re seeing longer average playtimes than ever before, we’re confident that we’re doing well by the criteria that matter most.”
With the transition to next-gen consoles we’ll have to wait to see just how well Call of Duty: Ghosts will end up selling. However, Hirshberg can’t deny that Ghosts’ review scores are quite low compared to previous entries in the franchise.