I might be sounding really harsh saying that but I’m not the only one that has that opinion on Call of Duty. While it’s one of the highest selling game series, the games that are routinely put out onto store shelves are hardly innovative; nor do they differ much from the previous entries.
But it doesn’t matter because people will just grab them regardless and it is ruining the first-person shooter market altogether. If its not Call of Duty, they won’t buy it. Who knows how many first-person shooters were thought up only for them to be set aside for the fear of it not selling well because the game they had in mind wasn’t named Call of Duty.
In an interview with Edge, the co-founder of Free Radical Software Steve Ellis who is famous for developing the Timesplitters series had this to say about the the FPS market today, “Pretty much every FPS loses money.”
“I spent the whole of 2008 going round talking to publishers trying to sign up Timesplitters 4,” he added. “There just isn’t the interest there in doing anything that tries to step away from the rules of the genre – no one wants to do something that’s quirky and different, because it’s too much of a risk.”
“Nobody really buys any FPSes unless they’re called Call Of Duty,” he continues. “I mean, [look at] Crysis 2: great game, but there’s no way it came anywhere close to recouping its dev costs.”
I’m sure Ellis is not the only developer feeling this way about these cash cow franchises. But its interesting though, since Call of Duty is dominating the market; why would other publishers want to use the Call of Duty template rather than trying out something quirky or new? We all know they can’t compete with Activision so why not try something different instead? It just seems logical to me, aren’t we all excited about games like Borderlands where its something really different.
Us consumers also have a hand in this, all we do is keep buying these Call of Duty year after year. They don’t have a reason to try something new since we just keep throwing our money at them. Let’s not allow games like Timesplitters 4 be cast aside just because it doesn’t have the word ‘Call’ or ‘Duty’ in them. Or Ellis could rename the game to ‘Call of Duty: Time Cops 4′, it just might do the trick.