Pachter: Black Ops Will Not Surpass Modern Warfare 2
If you don't tune into the Pach-Attack! episodes on GameTrailers, you're missing out on a few nuggets of entertainment.
Analyst Michael Pachter is never tongue-tied and always has plenty of opinions and observations, and in the latest Pach-Attack! show, he said the upcoming Call of Duty: Black Ops will not outsell last year's smash, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. In fact, he says Treyarch's effort "doesn't have a prayer" in comparison. Essentially, his argument is this- assume that all twenty million of those people who bought MW2 are ready to buy another shooter this year (which he doesn't buy, because so many are still hooked on MW2 online). There's also the competition to think about; he believes the FPS sales will have to be split between Black Ops, Medal of Honor, and Halo: Reach. He believes that people won't get both MoH and the new CoD because both feature a modern warfare setting and are awfully similar in nature, which is a fair observation.
Ah, but what about Activision CEO Bobby Kotick's claim that Black Ops would have the biggest launch "in the company's 31-year history" and the game will be on pace to top MW2's record-crushing sales? Pachter's response to this prediction:
"I think he needs to adjust his medication."
Let's also not forget that Black Ops is sort of like a new IP within the Call of Duty franchise; MW2 already had millions of established fans after the immense success of the first Modern Warfare. And yes, this year's fall FPS competition is much stiffer, and both MoH and Reach are lookin' good. What say you, gamers? Can Black Ops top MW2 in the sales department? Has CoD just gotten bigger in the past year?
Related Game(s): Call of Duty: Black Ops
8/8/2010 8:55:40 PM Ben Dutka