My God, has the inevitable Call of Duty death finally begun?
According to Cowen and Company analyst Doug Creutz, an industry-tracking expert, pre-orders for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare are 50% lower than those of Call of Duty: Ghosts. Last year’s Call of Duty iteration proved to be less successful with consumers than previous editions, as Call of Duty: Ghosts sold fewer copies than Black Ops II, despite being available on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in addition to previous generation consoles. Advanced Warfare pre-orders are roughly 80% lower than those of Black Ops II.
These statistics could mean one of three things:
1) Call of Duty is losing popularity among the gaming audience.
2) Gamers are finally learning to exercise caution with this major yearly franchise by withholding their money until after this title’s launch
3) The numbers are actually completely bogus.
Let’s hope that the answer is Number 2, as this would show that gamers as a whole are becoming wiser and showing fewer knee-jerk reactions.