Why Call of Duty is Losing Followers
Originating as far back as 2003, Call of Duty’s been a legend in more ways than one and has offered global FPS fan community’s alike great purpose, happiness, and an impression of online gaming sure to last a lifetime. And yet, with three major game designer companies in charge of developing gameplay, it is understandable why most recent versions have become less popular or full of their share of problems for players.
For starters, the difficulties and irrelevance of Call of Duty: Ghosts, and the unnecessarily larger maps and gameplay in its most recent versions such as Infinite Warfare, Modern Warfare Remastered, and Black Ops III. Some of these issues include seemingly irrational ‘spawn points’, and an otherwise non-existent actual “gunfight” environment.
By no means, does the gaming community believe, or claim for one second that Call of Duty Games aren’t fun, or that they haven’t been historically popular and meaningful. In fact, quite the contrary. However, this does not take away from the reality that the original generation of this series has easily grown into its late 20’s to early 30’s to-date, therefore eliminating a lot of original players and fans from the community base given real life responsibilities. Also, in all fairness, consoles have undoubtedly been losing both popularity and momentum in sales in the recent years – as they can be quite costly. In fact, more and more gamers are shifting to PC, thanks to the ability to not only download games for free, but also some at a discount, and enjoy a community, as well as “console” that does not repeatedly charge them for gameplay, and offers a wide-range of playability as far as games available goes.
Another major obstacle for the gaming community, especially FPS’s like Call of Duty is the effects of the current mobile game market, availability, little to free cost, and the popularity of tablet gaming. That is, as it serves as a way for gamers to enjoy any games they wish – often without internet – for a fraction of no cost at all, and take them on the go. Also, the open-market, as well as diversity of current mobile – as well as other online – games means greater competition and less originality on a platform like a Call of Duty game.
Sadly, the ever growing issue that many of the various directions COD have tried to go, has been overshadowed by other major games and styles, such as Battlefield: Hardline poses a serious threat to its future. In reality, given these challenges, as well as the diversity and inarguable lack of originality seen in Call of Duty, many are wondering the likelihood if COD could even last into 2020.
Ultimately, players, the community, and new players alike will dictate the outcome – as it always has. And, whether or not the current developers and those in charge of Call of Duty will listen to the demands of said communities or audience is entirely up to them.