Call of Duty Elite Shutting Down, Double XP at Closing

February 26, 2014 by Staff - Leave a comment


Ever since Modern Warfare 3, many Call of Duty fans have used Activision’s online service, Call of Duty Elite, to track their statistics, use social features, and otherwise connect with other players. That is about to end.

With the release of Call of Duty: Ghosts, Activision implemented the Call of Duty App instead, and has decided to shut down Call of Duty Elite. This Friday, February 28, at about 10 AM PST, the service will cease to function.

If you’ve used Call of Duty Elite at all this year, it can still give you one final bonus. Anyone who has logged in at least once since January 1, 2014 will get two hours of Double XP. Founding Members will be able to keep their emblem, as well.

You can check out Activision’s full FAQ for any additional questions you might have.

As wonderful as advancing technology is, it’s always a little sad to see an old service shut down in favor of something new. Have you used Call of Duty Elite? Are you disappointed to see it go, or are you excited to use the Call of Duty App instead?

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Analysts Give Opinion on Destiny, CoD, and Hearthstone

February 7, 2014 by Staff - Leave a comment


A lot of excitement surrounds Destiny, Bungie and Activision’s upcoming science fiction game, and now the analysts at Cowen & Company have given their optimistic appraisal: they believe Destiny could have lifetime sales of 10 million units.

They described it as “probably the most anticipated title of the year among the gaming community,” an assessment we can’t really argue with.

They also predicted that Destiny, EA’s Titanfall, and other upcoming shooters pose a threat to the Call of Duty series. Although Call of Duty has been incredibly successful, the analysts see Call of Duty: Ghosts’ lower reviews and lower sales as a sign that fan satisfaction is decreasing. Additionally, according to their data, players are most likely to switch from one gaming brand to another during the first full year of a new console cycle, so the combination of Call of Duty’s decline, Destiny/Titanfall/etc.’s releases, and the first year for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 could lead to fans leaving Call of Duty behind.

Another game they mentioned was Hearthstone, Blizzard’s upcoming free-to-play card game based on Warcraft. Although not a lot of people are talking about Hearthstone, the analysts have high expectations for it.

Well, between 10 million sales for Destiny, the decline of Call of Duty, and the success of Hearthstone, we’ve certainly got some interesting predictions to think about. What do you think this year will bring?

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Call of Duty Games: Yearly, Three Studio Rotation

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Activision has a new strategy for development of new Call of Duty games. They still want the series to release a new title every year, but they also have decided that each new game should have about three years of development time, to make sure they are the best, most complete experiences they can be.

Therefore, they will have three studios working on developing Call of Duty games. Each will have its own game to develop, and their three-year cycles will be timed so that one is ready each year. Infinity Ward and Treyarch, the two major Call of Duty developers, have now been joined by Sledgehammer Games. The last game Sledgehammer worked on was Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, so they sound like a good choice.

A move like this might make some fans nervous, but the principle behind it is sound. One of the most common concerns we’ve heard about games with annual releases is that they’re rushed and diminish in quality as a result. Giving three years of development time to each game should minimize and improve the series as a whole.

Some players feel they should just stop producing yearly Call of Duty games, but with the success and popularity of that franchise, we aren’t surprised Activision is trying a different solution.

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Activision blames poor Call of Duty: Ghosts pre-orders on PS4, Xbox One

August 2, 2013 by Staff - 4 Comments


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?

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