The upcoming launches of the Xbox One and the Playstation 4 are killing demand for Call of Duty: Ghosts pre-orders. Well, at least that’s the excuse according to Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision.
Activision held it’s earnings call with financial analysts yesterday (to explain the public company’s latest financial results and field questions) and in it, Hirshberg said that pre-orders for the next Call of Duty game are “well below” the pace set by the previous title in the CoD series, Call of Duty: Black Ops II. Hirshberg laid the blame on next-gen consoles:
Our quantitative consumer research indicates that hesitation amongst past COD pre-orderers is primarily due to not knowing which platform they will be playing on, which is natural at this time in the console transition.
The good news is that pre-orders for CoD: Ghosts are still double that of the original Call of Duty: Black Ops. Why is this good? Because that was the first game in the Black Ops iteration of the series, just like Ghosts is. The reasoning being that once gamers warm to the Ghosts series, CoD: Ghosts II should sell well (or that’s the theory).
While we think that Hirshberg has a point, it’s also fair to say that gamers are probably getting a little tired of the same “copy and paste” formula that Call of Duty games are now infamous for. The bump in graphics that we get each time a new CoD game is rolled out just isn’t enough anymore…
What do you think?