As one of the most popular shooting series in history, Call of Duty (CoD) is no stranger to the spotlight. With their most popular games selling just over 30 million units , the series has entered a rare gaming club for those who reach over 300 million total sales. Many of our readers will remember the massive cultural phenomenon which was the first Modern Warfare game and the success of Black Op’s zombie mode. So why is it that the best-selling FPS series of all time failed to reach the heights of other modern online eSports shooters? The Modern Warfare Effect In case some of our readers don’t know, when we say the original Modern Warfare was a revelation , we might be underselling it.
This game made huge waves in first-person combat, finding its influence among other luminaries such as Doom, Half-Life, and Halo. For years afterward, games attempted to copy the MW formula, usually to lesser success. A big part of this came down to the fantastic set-pieces within the game. Half-Life 1 and 2 had certainly set a precedent here, but MW adopted this in a military setting and raised the bar to an entirely new level. In this way, CoD had effectively set the stage for what shooters could do but, as it turns out, that was not enough. Longstanding Stability Creating a legacy is one thing, but maintaining the legacy is another entirely. It is true that CoD games are always popular , selling more than almost every other game out there, but this can be a double-edged sword. This is a series which relies on new iterations to maintain popularity, and new iterations require change. Releasing a new game with the same multiplayer each year is going to draw complaints that customers are not […]
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