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Xbox One and PS4 blamed for low COD: Ghosts interest

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Call of Duty: Ghosts

Activision has suggested that the upcoming Xbox One and PS4 consoles are having an adverse effect on games sales as it reports Call of Duty: Ghosts pre-orders are lower than expected.

Although claiming that interest in the game is exceeding that of the last Call of Duty sub-brand launch - Call of Duty: Black Ops back in 2010 -, Activision has suggested that uncertainty of what console gamers will own at the time of release is causing fans of the series to hold off on pre-ordering the upcoming Call of Duty: Ghosts title.

"As one might expect in this console transition year, pre-orders for Call of Duty: Ghosts are well below the record-setting pace set by Call of Duty: Black Ops II last year,” Activision CEO Eric Hirshberg said in a recent discussion with investors.

He added: “However, our quantitative consumer research indicates that hesitation amongst past club pre-orders is primarily due to not knowing which platform they will be playing on, which is natural at this time in the console transition.

“It's worth mentioning that Ghosts pre-orders are over double those of Call of Duty: Black Ops, which is the last time we launched a new sub-brand for the franchise.”

While a Call of Duty: Ghosts release date has been confirmed as November 5 for the current Xbox 360 and PS4 platforms, with Microsoft and Sony yet to finalise the Xbox One and PS4 release dates, it is not yet known when the new COD offering will hit next-gen consoles.

Hedging its bets on supplying both current and next-gen platforms, Activision has reassured investors that it is making every effort to maximise its impact on the Xbox One and PS4 from launch.

“We also have in place the most aggressive marketing retail and digital programs in the history of the franchise. We've made substantial investments to make Ghosts a showcase for the next-gen consoles and also the best current-gen Call of Duty title ever.”

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Brandon Alexander

August 2, 2013, 11:16 am

Heres a theory for you. If you release the same game since Modern Warfare and charge people a ridiculous amount for DLC. People aren't gonna get the game. Plus, I still play battlefield 3 over cod black ops2 just because every game I play feels different.

Craig

August 2, 2013, 12:18 pm

So it has nothing to do with gamers being fed up of playing a repeated game over and over again.. with only a new HUD. Im all for a company doing what it can to maximise their profitability, but they need fresh ideas. The player numbers are slowly dwindling, and this game mainly caters for the young but the young are only getting older, wiser, finding better FPS' to play with improved graphics engines, playability, fun factor and in general much more rewarding. While other companies are moving forward, Activision seems to be stuck in a rut, not willing to take that gamble, move forward into the unknown and produce something finally worth our time. DICE pulled it off with BF3, why cant Activision?

Zeus

August 2, 2013, 12:47 pm

From my point of view its the wait for the annoucement of the limited edition version of the games. Not to mention a nice Ghost styled version of the xbox itself.

buddynugget

August 2, 2013, 10:21 pm

Personally have no interest in Ghosts. I'm sure the multiplayer reveal on the 14th will be great and all but I prefer Treyarch CoD games. I mainly buy them for the awesome zombies game mode. Love the ingenious easter eggs and stories that go along with them and the multiplayer just seems better to me. I prefer Battlefield series to CoD though. Vehicles and destruction engine plus an overall sense of realism compared to CoD make it my obvious choice. I will wait for Treyarchs version next year when next gen zombies hits the seen. If somehow zombies isn't included thats a sale killer for me. Unless they show me something truly groundbreaking on August 14th Ghosts is looking pretty bland and just another "safe" move by Activision to try and keep the series the same with no major innovation or added ingenuity.

Jake Lyons

August 3, 2013, 9:50 pm

No it is because your game looks crap compared!

Jake Lyons

August 3, 2013, 9:54 pm

Maybe its also because you revealed it with Xbox One which as we know is very unpopular! So blame it on Xbox One not PS4!

Johno

August 4, 2013, 1:14 am

Maybe many people finally realized they have been releasing the game game for the past 5 years. Its the same every year with COD take last years game give is a lick of paint wholla a new COD game.

Millard Merles

August 5, 2013, 1:28 am

Ummm...I read the comments below and honest don't agree with them completely, however, I do agree the game COD needs to add some different elements to make the online more interesting. Also, I'm not purchasing any more PS3 games, if just rather wait to the new system. That way I'll have more money to put toward PS4 releases. In excited if the possibilities.

AECSL St-Laurent

August 21, 2013, 12:07 am

Dedicated servers on Xbox One and not on PS4, shows that Xbox still has the upper hand online-wise.

dpanch_89

August 23, 2013, 6:52 pm

Okay, I'm going to say it. So here goes... Battlefield 4. Besides, the "new" COD engine isn't really that new and the graphics aren't much better IMO.

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