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Activision Unconcerned About Lower Call Of Duty: Ghosts Pre-Orders

Activision: "Worried? Who, us? ...yeah, no."

Although pre-orders for Call of Duty: Ghosts are tracking well behind Call of Duty: Black Ops II, Activision Publishing CEO Eric Hirshberg told Joystiq that this dip in numbers was expected. After all, it's what the company experienced during the last console transition:

"More uncertainty exists now because consumers are not sure if they're going to upgrade from current- to next-generation consoles or what platforms their friends may be on. This all leads to lower initial preorder numbers, but is nothing to be alarmed by. Actually, if you look statistically at past console transitions, it's the biggest franchises that have actually fared the best through the transition."

That all being said, Hirshberg went on to say they're "not taking anything for granted." They don't really care about the stats; they just want to produce a great game and give the fans another "awesome experience." Their goal is to always strike the right balance between familiarity and "and a lot of fresh thinking." They unveiled the anticipated multiplayer mode this week, and that has definitely amped up the excitement level.

As for those death threats received by Treyarch, yes, that's frightening. And a little worrisome, I think.

Related Game(s): Call of Duty: Ghosts

Tags: call of duty ghosts, cod ghosts, activision publishing

8/15/2013 10:13:49 PM John Shepard

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Comments (12 posts)

WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, August 15, 2013 @ 11:17:39 PM
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That's all hot air, they know CoD is on the downswing. It's true the big franchises like GTA do well on new hardware but they also don't come out every year. People are finally getting saturated and noticing that every other franchise is taking much bigger steps in quality.

Maybe I'm wrong but I think most people know by now if they plan to upgrade this winter or not.

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Underdog15
Friday, August 16, 2013 @ 12:48:25 AM

I think you are on the more right side.

I mean, if we're talking a whole new generation, they -need- to do more than just release another game with the same forumla. It has to be a huge console jump to impress people. With new consoles, you have new, open minds. If another fast paced shooter comes along, they could easily steal the CoD crowd.

ESPECIALLY if Ghosts isn't a big step up.

When people get comfortable, they stick to the same ol'. But a new generation... no one's comfortable yet.

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Akuma07
Friday, August 16, 2013 @ 12:59:57 AM

So far, nothing they have showed us gives us ANY reason to think that Ghosts is nothing more than another yearly entry.

The graphics are not impressive, the gameplay is not impressive, the multiplayer is less than impressive, actually it looks more frustrating and broken then it ever has been. It has taken another step towards the Quake 3 style multiplayer matches.

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daus26
Friday, August 16, 2013 @ 12:09:24 AM
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I honestly think it's too early to tell, so I'd stay unalarmed too. The transition phase may very well be a factor.

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Snaaaake
Friday, August 16, 2013 @ 12:20:48 AM
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Of course, just because it has lower pre-orders doesn't mean it won't fetch in a billion dollars.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, August 16, 2013 @ 11:56:15 AM

Yeah it's gonna be a slow, bleeding death instead of how Guitar Hero went down.

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Underdog15
Friday, August 16, 2013 @ 4:16:00 PM

Yeah, Guitar hero was so commonly released, half of them people didn't even know about.

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PlatformGamerNZ
Friday, August 16, 2013 @ 1:01:20 AM
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i won't be surprised if it goes below a billion and does 5mil less like 20mil or some amount less anyways

happy gaming =)

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H0TSHELLZ
Friday, August 16, 2013 @ 3:36:16 AM
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Just Pre-Ordered for PS4 so i know i was part of the reason.

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Dancemachine55
Friday, August 16, 2013 @ 9:31:39 AM
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I saw the multiplayer footage, and I thought someone had sped up the video feed, but it was actual gameplay!! It was too damn fast!!

Call of Duty is now a reaction and timing based game, a game where the teenager with the fastest trigger finger and reaction timing usually wins. I hate that so very much!!

As an older gamer, I prefer to take my time, to strategize, to analyze my options and use tactics and knowledge of the environment to outsmart my fellow players. Call of Duty Ghosts does not look like that kind of game at all. In fact, it almost looks EXACTLY the same as CoD Black Ops (the first one) which was actually the last CoD game I ever bought.

Splitscreen is fun with friends, but if another shooter offers 4 player splitscreen, CoD is going bye bye from my collection.

Come to think of it, was Goldeneye Reloaded any better? I'd rather see a PS4 multiplayer Goldeneye game rather than another CoD. This would've been the perfect year to give CoD a break and release something even more amazing on PS4 and Xbox One, but Activision were greedy and missed a golden opportunity to relaunch a next gen COD that REALLY goes beyond any previous entries.

Sadly, we're stuck with "fish that swim away from you" and "hearing bottles and shelves shake behind you when a grenade goes off in front of you"
Still waiting for the wow factor... Still waiting

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MRSUCCESS
Friday, August 16, 2013 @ 11:08:12 AM
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My friends: Come on man, get the new COD: Ghosts. We will all bust some *** online.

Me: Nah, I'm enjoying playing GTA5/Castlevania/Gran Turismo 6/Dark Souls 2 etc.

I would not playing COD even if I received it as a gift. Waste of my time.

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ulsterscot
Friday, August 16, 2013 @ 8:30:58 PM
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Just pre bought the hardened edition for the PS3 and the regular for the PS4 (Futureshop gives you a free steelbook case with preorder - yeah!) - love the fact that the seasons pass I get with PS3 hardened auto transfers to the PS4. I'm now covered - whichever room the wife watches her crappy shows - I can COD it up in the other room - booyah!

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