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Call Of Duty Won't Hit PS4 Until 2016?

The upcoming Destiny game is not our concern here.

According to court documents involving the publishing deal between Activision and Bungie, we first learn that the game known as "Destiny Games #1" is currently being developed for the Xbox 360 and its successor, the Xbox 720. The title is expected to arrive for autumn 2013, which implies the new Xbox console might be available by that time.

But even more interesting - at least for us, being a PlayStation-oriented site - is the fact that Activision doesn't expect to release a PS4 title ("Comet #2") until 2016. Therefore, it's logical to say the publisher's #1 franchise, Call of Duty, won't hit PlayStation's new system for quite some time. Maybe it's also safe to assume a CoD will be available for the Xbox 720, while the same game is only made for the PS3 (with no PS4 offering). This is the sentence that intrigues us:

"It does not expect to make titles for PS4 until 2016, however."

So what can we gather from Activision's approach? That the PS4 is behind the 720 in terms of development?

Tags: call of duty, cod, activision, ps4, playstation 4, next-gen, next generation

5/22/2012 11:37:17 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (36 posts)

ulsterscot
Tuesday, May 22, 2012 @ 11:53:51 PM
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Mischievous headline!

I would say its much more likely Activision were given a firm release date for the new Xbox and possibly a machine to work on. Hopefully by now Playstation will have followed suit.

With Activisions great love of money - does anyone really think they would miss the opportunity to release on one of the major platforms with an established fanbase?

Wishful thinking by the anti-COD crowd - just not realistic.

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jimmyhandsome
Wednesday, May 23, 2012 @ 11:35:26 AM

With CoD supposedly selling at a 70/30 rate on 360 compared to PS3, its possible MS threw more money at Activision than they would've made releasing games on the next PS4.

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Axe99
Thursday, May 24, 2012 @ 4:54:59 AM

@jimmy - that 70/30 is in the US only, and Activision is interested in WW revenue. In Europe (and Japan, but Japan's not a huge CoD market), MW3 sells more on PS3 than 360. The amount of money required to compensate Activision for the cost of this move would be a _lot_. That said, it may be worth it....

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Qubex
Wednesday, May 23, 2012 @ 12:46:43 AM
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Wondeful... I guess it won't be a great loss, unless CoD re-invents itself into something spectacularly better...

I would prefer to have Battlefield 5 and Killzone 4 on the PS4 anyway...

Reality is I won't have a PS4 for many more years as there are just to many good games to get through on the PS3, which will take me a number of years to complete...

By the time I do get a PS4, the majority if the newly released triple A titles will probably be half price for the system. My intention is to "dollar cost" average my gaming costs downward, hence waiting before purchasing new games. Of course there will be the odd AAA release I want day one, but there will be Sony exclusives for the most part I would say...

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

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LimitedVertigo
Wednesday, May 23, 2012 @ 12:23:43 PM

The PS4 won't have the $600 price tag so I encourage you to at least think about getting it on Day1. Having a console on Day1 and trying out the current games and features before a lot of other people is a wonderful experience. It gives me the same feeling I had back in the early 90s with those consoles.

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Qubex
Wednesday, May 23, 2012 @ 9:01:56 PM

Not a bad idea but that is what I did with the PS3. There were only 10 units in Singapore the day after the Japanese release. I paid a monstrous $1000 dollars for it...

But it was a great feeling I have to say. My biggest gripe was not that I paid a high price for it, it was that after a time I began losing features such as Linux.

I had bought it at that price because I saw it as a computer and games machine, and I felt the price was justified for what I wanted it for. It only become a wasted investment when the features I needed it for (besides gaming) were taken away. I suddenly had to have another computer in my room instead of only having one. It cost me space, time and money.

Now I am no so keen to get the console day 1. I would much rather see what happens in the first 24 months and wait for all the gremlins and software to improve. I have learnt my lesson and will not repeat it... Sorry, but Sony needs to learn its lessons too... which it is doing I think, and it has cost them greatly.

Such is life...

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

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LegendaryWolfeh
Wednesday, May 23, 2012 @ 1:10:19 AM
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I just think it's safer to say that the PS4 won't be releasing till 2016 at least then. :D

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Beamboom
Wednesday, May 23, 2012 @ 1:16:07 AM
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Could it maybe be that Microsoft has bought console exclusivity for COD the first few years of the next Xbox life cycle?

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wiiplay
Wednesday, May 23, 2012 @ 5:24:04 AM

What, no future Call of Duty games on the next PlayStation console?

God, I hope you're right.

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josiahlo
Wednesday, May 23, 2012 @ 10:15:08 AM

wiiplay: Not having the best selling series on your console would be devastating. Say what you will about CoD but you can't lose CoD for that many years . If Microsoft didn't pay for the exclusivity then Sony needs to do whatever it takes to get it on the PS4. Send engineers and developers if you have to. Losing CoD for 3 years would be just the same as launching late like Sony did with the PS3

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Beamboom
Wednesday, May 23, 2012 @ 12:23:18 PM

... People are screaming, yeah almost *begging* for COD to arrive on the Vita and save its sorry ass. And now they imagine that PS4 missing out on the COD train can be a good thing.
PS fans can be a quite irrational bunch at times.


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JackDillinger89
Wednesday, May 23, 2012 @ 12:32:36 PM

@ Wiiplay

Thats a bit ignorant right there, Do you know how much money in royalties sony makes off the cod franchise? Do you realise how much people would ditch ps4 to get a xbox 720? You kidding i hope. That would be a deathblow to sony. Hate cod or not its true buddy.

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ulsterscot
Wednesday, May 23, 2012 @ 2:34:30 AM
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That would be absolutely mega bucks - mega bucks - and an awful big risk for Microsoft to take - I just can't see it - they already pay big for DLC a month early. If, as the learned folks on this site claim and COD is on the decline ... then that would be suicide.

I think Halo 5 and Gears of War 4 will be the Xbox 720 release titles - both of which are pretty solid. I also have a 360 - but find xbox live has too many kids on it compared to psn - which is why we play cod on psn.

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Beamboom
Wednesday, May 23, 2012 @ 5:48:31 AM

Yeah it's unthinkable, but man what a bomb it would be if that was the case.

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karneli lll
Wednesday, May 23, 2012 @ 5:02:32 AM
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Sounds like a ploy to get Sony to hurry up,nothing to worry about.I want to say COD will be gone by then but its just wishful thinking.

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___________
Wednesday, May 23, 2012 @ 5:24:17 AM
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how does bungie not releasing anything on the ps4 till 2016 lead to no COD till then?
2 totally different developers!
ones never worked on a playstation console where the other has, so common sense would say the former would take allot longer to release anyway because of the time required to acquaint themselves.
plus one is a MMO and a bungie title which always take years to make.
the other is COD a franchise which is turned out more frequently than people shower!

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JackDillinger89
Wednesday, May 23, 2012 @ 7:13:52 AM
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Bungie left microsoft for a reason, probably cuz of better financial support from activision, but i doubt they are just making 360 exclusives now. I firmly believe they want to develop for the ps3 also.

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Dancemachine55
Wednesday, May 23, 2012 @ 8:18:36 AM
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I'm still getting a lot of love out of my PS3 and 360. Heck, even my Wii is great for parties and family gatherings with kids!

When the little kids come round, I pop in Mario Kart or New Super Mario Bros Wii. With older kids, I pop in Rock Band, Scene it, Dance Central or Littlebig Planet. When my mates come round, it's Twisted Metal, Halo or CoD time!! Lately, Trials Evolution has been getting the most love. Best XBL game I've bought in ages!!!

I've found a nice balance with current consoles.

PS3 is great for single player titles, Blu-rays and artistic and immensely engrossing new IP's.

360 is great for online or split-screen shooters, racers or party games with friends.

Wii is great for kids or a ride on the nostalgia train with friends.

I'm perfectly fine with the PS4 or Xbox 720 coming out later. I think mid-2014 would be the sweet spot, not too late, but at the point when most will be starting to get tired of the 360 and PS3.

Unless 360 had blu-ray, and PS3 had cross game chat, I really don't see a need for next gen consoles, especially when Naughty Dog can make games on PS3 look as good as Battlefield 3 on PC. Yes! Uncharted 2 and 3 really did look THAT amazing!!!


A recent article stated Epic Games has seen the specs for Xbox 720, maybe PS4 too, and said that they weren't high enough to run Unreal Engine 4 in real time. I'm guessing Xbox 720's specs were the ones revealed. PS4 would no doubt run UE4 with little problem.

Either that, or Epic needs to teak their new engine a little to make it work on next-gen systems.

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slugga_status
Wednesday, May 23, 2012 @ 9:21:50 AM

I'm thinking they likely saw the specs on both..If they say the specs won't be enough for UE4 then I believe them. I saw screens and images of UE4 a few months back. I liked what I saw..so if the new consoles can't display that..then I'm scared and also points to no need for a new console..

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wackazoa
Wednesday, May 23, 2012 @ 8:59:15 AM
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So it seems to me that the PS4 wont come out until 2015 then. Sounds about right for what we've got now.

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cLoudou
Wednesday, May 23, 2012 @ 9:37:58 AM
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They are waiting until the ps4 has a good install base to net more money. Safer to release CODs for the current Gen without development costs of a new engine to maximize profit.

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COBB
Wednesday, May 23, 2012 @ 11:13:03 AM
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The way this reads, is their will possibly be a 3 year span between the two new console's, I highly doubt that. A Xbox 720 release fall of 2013 and then nothing for the PS4 until 2016.

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Mr_Sterg
Wednesday, May 23, 2012 @ 11:22:22 AM
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Which means same engine until 2016. = Same old same old

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AcHiLLiA
Wednesday, May 23, 2012 @ 5:13:34 PM

that will suck hard big time if that's true, they already proven themselves with the big cash flow.

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jimmyhandsome
Wednesday, May 23, 2012 @ 11:33:38 AM
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Bad news for Sony if this is somehow true and MS locked up CoD as an exclusive for the first few years of the next gen consoles.

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Highlander
Wednesday, May 23, 2012 @ 12:10:08 PM
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Perhaps the inference here is that PS4 will not hit the market for some time to come and they are not expecting PS4 dev systems until 2014/2015?

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PHOENIXZERO
Wednesday, May 23, 2012 @ 12:56:41 PM
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This is all based on Activision's expected release times for the hardware, that's all. It's pretty much a given that the PS4 will be out within the next 18-24 months.

Activision likely already has the early version of the next XBox dev kit but nothing from Sony outside perhaps a early spec sheet, but they will by the end of the year most likely or shortly after the New Year.

It won't matter if it's late if the hardware rumor is true and the PS4 and Next XBox more or less have the same (disappointing) hardware. If that is the case then ports are going to be near effortless to accomplish unlike this generation and the pain in the ass it was to go from XBox 360 to PS3.

The thing we know with 100% certainty is that Sony isn't going to give Microsoft a year or more head start, no matter their financial situation. Nor is the PS4 going to be remotely close to $600 or even $500. There's no nice way to say it, if you think the PS4 is going to be $600 you're an ignoramus.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, May 23, 2012 @ 1:14:27 PM
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Maybe it's that the Xbox 720 will only be as powerful as the PS3, so the next CoDs will do fine (since the tech is hardly upgraded) to be made for PS3. And if PS4 is backward compatible (which it damn well better be) then it will at least play on your PS4 even if it's a PS3 game.

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Ignitus
Wednesday, May 23, 2012 @ 1:44:59 PM
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Highly unlikely.

What was leaked is the publishing agreement between activision and BUNGIE.

Bungie does not make Call of Duty.

Bungie used to belong to Microsoft and agreed to set them free, remember that. But under what conditions?

Also, SONY doesn't want to give MS another year long head start.

Trying to conect the dots. I guess the Xbox Next will launch Fall 2013 and the PS4 will launch about the same time or a few months later.

But the PS4 won't get the FIRST or SECOND Bungie games until later if at all, as a part of the agreement between MS and Bungie to set them free.

What this means, is that the PS4 will get BUNGIE games after 2016, that's all. There is no mention of Call of Duty.

Who ever is extrapoling this to Call of Duty just wants to generate hits to his website.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, May 23, 2012 @ 1:56:37 PM

If Activision (not Bungie under them) doesn't expect to release ANY PS4 titles for the next 4 years that would mean if PS4 comes out before then even Call of Duty would not make it. Other websites are drawing the same conclusion.

But ya know, this could just be a placeholder projection.

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Ignitus
Wednesday, May 23, 2012 @ 2:07:52 PM

I'm missing the part where activison says is not going to release ANY PS4 games for the next 4 years.

All I can find takes me to just the activision/Bungie games.

Can you post your link please?

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jimmyhandsome
Wednesday, May 23, 2012 @ 3:05:08 PM

Ignitus, I believe you're right. I read an article from another site that speaks strictly of the Bungie games. "Destiny" will release in 2013 on 360 (and supposedly 720), but not until 2014 on PS3. Doesn't say anything about CoD as it has nothing to do with Call of Duty. MS and Activision probably had negotiated this when Bungie seperated.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, May 23, 2012 @ 4:07:01 PM

I just looked over the links I was going to point to but it looks like the connections to CoD are tangential there too, I read Ben's article the same way because I didn't know what "comet" was. It looks like you are right, this has nothing to do with CoD or anything else except that the plans for "Destiny" came out during the CoD court case.

That's an oops for me, and Ben.

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skinrender
Wednesday, May 23, 2012 @ 11:52:59 PM
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so you stupid people - this is a big loss for Sony

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saintaqua
Thursday, May 24, 2012 @ 12:28:12 AM
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I really doubt that.
I've read it over several times and it just sounds like it's saying Bungie's games are exclusive for a few years...which honestly I don't really care about.
I really can't wait for the COD fad to disappear...I've had guys even tell me that I'm not a real man unless I like COD...wow.

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DjStiv3
Thursday, May 24, 2012 @ 12:58:21 PM
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dude come on now does anyone really think activision will be that stupid as to not release a title asap for any platform possible?... yes it may come to micrsoft first but it will release for playstation too.. altho sony isnt thinking too much on the ps4 bcz they think the ps3 will last a bit longer its safe to say the call of duty slated for the xbox 720 WILL be the same game but on the ps3 if not the ps4... ppl underestimate the ps3 yea in terms of graphics it may be slightly behind the 720 when it comes out but i gurantee it will have enough power to run the 720's same call of duty title... lets not forget activision is even BACKING sony's vita... i for one CANT WAIT to see the call of duty coming for the vita this year im going to have to choose between it and the console version... if the vita version offers as much as the console version (multiplayer and zombies plus map packs) then im going with the vita version..... has anyone herd news for a high quality CoD title for 3ds? i sure havent...this just shows and proves activision is with sony as well as microsoft 100% all the way....because in the end they are a business and will make money any way they can...

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