We all know what to expect this fall. Despite your fanyboy pleas and wants, Modern Warfare 3 is set up to demolish any competition headed it’s way this November. While there is still a chance that Battlefield 3 can overcome this and rise to the top, statistics and general knowledge of the game by consumers say otherwise. However, what if Battlefield 3 was to rake in enough sales to finally take down Modern Warfare 3…
Amidst the release of games like Batman, Uncharted and Zelda, Modern Warfare 3 also sees it’s release this November and is sure to take most of the spotlight sales wise. Battlefield 3, however, will see it’s launch late in October, preceding most of the big name games coming out this fall. EA is determined to take down the giant Call of Duty series and aside from some Steam controversy, is on the right path to do so. DLC for players who preorder and beta access are just a few of the reasons EA is headed in the right direction.
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So let’s say at the end of the year Battlefield 3 has won. Through an immense amount of advertising, universal acclaim and word of mouth, Battlefield 3 was able to knock out Modern Warfare 3 in sales. With that said, a good chunk of the loyal Call of Duty fans had to be swayed into purchasing Battlefield 3 over Modern Warfare 3. Activision is finally seeing the meaning of competition.
So what happens next? With it’s fanbase decreasing and sales plummeting, Activision has to rethink it’s gameplan regarding it’s yearly release. Whether it be a change in the release schedule or a revision of the gameplay itself (or both), something will have to be done. Will DLC be the same? Will Activision give more for less to try and keep their current players and to attract past members and new customers? One thing is certain. Activision will be in a very strange land.
Now with an ever increasing fanbase and a plethora of new users and players, EA will have to manage this new feat. Obviously, the PC version of Battlefield 3 is the definitive version of the game. Will this usher in a new era of PC gaming? Will EA be able to continue on without going down the same path Activision followed so many years ago? Will we be getting DLC up the crapper? Will EA completely dominate the competition in the coming years to the point where each game is so similar to the next? Only time will tell.
Not to further show myself as a biased prick, but if you’re not a Call of Duty fan, you are most likely rooting to see the game fall. Not necessarily to see it fall, but to start seeing a reason to buy the next iteration instead of the same recycled game over and over again. While this outcome is highly unlikely, the empire Call of Duty managed to create will have to fall someday, or at least cripple down to a lower level. The Battlefield series is only getting stronger and it’s only a matter of time before this wishful thinking does in fact come true. EA’s own Jeff Brown believes the Call of Duty series has about 2-3 years before it is out of the shooter category. It will happen, but when?