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What Will Supplant Call Of Duty As King In The Next Generation?

The next generation will bring about change, as new generations always do.

No franchise has really managed to remain on top from one generation to another, at least not in terms of worldwide sales and rampant popularity. I suppose one could argue that Mario was on top during both the 8-bit and 16-bit generations, but the reigning sales kings have fluctuated from year to year and decade to decade.

So can we assume that Call of Duty won't forever be atop the sales charts? Given the supposedly amazing capabilities of the new systems, maybe we'll see a new contender for the global crown, or perhaps it will be an already existing franchise. Grand Theft Auto will probably always be up there, but maybe Battlefield or Assassin's Creed has a legitimate shot at the title in the new generation. Let's not be too short-sighted and just say, "Oh, nothing can ever top the sales of CoD." No? Modern Warfare 3 has shown signs of a franchise slowing, not speeding up, and Black Ops II may expose that slight decline even further.

Besides, we really have no idea what to expect the next generation. Heading into the current generation, many would've bet that the Japanese franchises would still have a chance at being the biggest in the world. But can we really say that Metal Gear Solid and Final Fantasy are still where they were last generation? Not really. Shooters and Western games in general have all but taken over and nobody knows what to expect from the fresh hardware. Maybe the basic idea of interactive entertainment will change in a few years time. Who knows?

Tags: next generation, next gen consoles, call of duty, cod, next generation games

9/11/2012 8:57:18 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (34 posts)

bebestorm
Tuesday, September 11, 2012 @ 9:43:41 PM
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I just want japanese developers to get their mojo back! It would be nice to see action/adventure game rule that's not a fps/tps.

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BTNwarrior
Tuesday, September 11, 2012 @ 9:57:43 PM
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I'm curious to see if COD devs are gonna make a new engine for the next gen, or just update the current one again and again and again.
It would be funny to see what they will be claiming as superior when engines with better graphics are also running at 60fps

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, September 11, 2012 @ 10:14:20 PM

I bet they try to squeeze one more CoD onto next gen consoles with that dusty old engine.

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xenris
Wednesday, September 12, 2012 @ 11:36:24 AM

After all it is like a Porsche right? Or whatever nonsense one of the PR representatives said. I think if they think they can get away with it, they will use that again in the next gen and claim 120 FPS superior!!!

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ZenChichiri
Tuesday, September 11, 2012 @ 10:12:47 PM
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I know it's impossible but I want to see something new and original take the reigns. Something like Catherine. I know it's probably not gonna happen, but one can always hope.

I don't know what it is, but I hope the new hardware changes gaming as we know it at least a little bit. I know many people are against motion controls, but I hope they include some cool stuff outside of the basic use of a controller. However, They would have to utilize it in a non-gimicky way to make it fun.

There is an MMORPG game my friend is playing called "The Secret World" and in the game you need to find out real world information from the internet and use it in the game to solve conspiracies and puzzles and whatnot. I think that's really cool and involves the player in and out of the game! It's things like that I'm looking forward to in the next gen. It doesn't have to be exactly like that, but just the innovations that come along with ideas like that is all.

I know this is a Playstation centric site, but did anyone hear the news that there's a new Ace Attorney game coming out with Phoenix Wright as the main character?! Maaaaaaaan. I love those games ;) It's one of the most tense games I've ever played. That and 999, if anyone knows what that is.

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homura
Tuesday, September 11, 2012 @ 11:42:09 PM

Check out the Zombi U game for the Wii U, it will utilize the Wii U controller functions.

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ZenChichiri
Wednesday, September 12, 2012 @ 12:55:16 AM

I just checked out the trailer. It has potential that's for sure. I'm excited to see what the PS4 has in store for features like that.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, September 11, 2012 @ 10:28:41 PM
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It amazing how everything can change just because of a generational change. Look what happened to Final Fantasy. I hesitate to guess but I hope that Cod declines so something else can rise. Hell I just hope there aren't a million military shooters messing up the minds of otherwise competent devs.

Sadly Japanese games will probably lag even further behind.

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THEVERDIN
Tuesday, September 11, 2012 @ 10:59:35 PM
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I don't think it will be dethroned you still have the same people buying the systems.

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Underdog15
Tuesday, September 11, 2012 @ 11:10:42 PM
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Commander Keen, clearly.

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Gamer46
Tuesday, September 11, 2012 @ 11:34:43 PM
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Of the known franchises, I'd say GTA might have the best chance to supplant CoD. But I don't think it'll actually happen, as much as people complain about CoD, they still go out for whatever reason and buy the game every year eventhough there are far better games on the market.

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homura
Tuesday, September 11, 2012 @ 11:35:27 PM
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Final Fantasy has a chance, if it's a FFVII remake for the next gen using Luminous Studio Engine.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, September 11, 2012 @ 11:53:38 PM
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It's gonna be Duke Nukem. For sure you guys. Seriously.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Wednesday, September 12, 2012 @ 12:00:30 AM

I will give you every penny I'll ever own if it is.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, September 12, 2012 @ 12:10:43 AM

haha, sweet. Come ooooonnn Gearbox!

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homura
Wednesday, September 12, 2012 @ 3:46:21 AM

No, it's going to be beat by a FPS Final Fantasy using Luminous. Haha.

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Lawless SXE
Wednesday, September 12, 2012 @ 4:39:54 AM

Homura,
C'est impossible. I mean, Dirge of Cerebrus wasn't exactly a good start for S-E shooters.

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Temjin001
Wednesday, September 12, 2012 @ 12:02:41 AM
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Judging by the complete and utter awesome'ness of Double Dragon Neon, I'd say Double Dragon has a real shot =)

(okay maybe not)
I love the game, though. It's the best brawler I've played in years. YEARS!

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, September 12, 2012 @ 12:11:29 AM

I'll hafta get that at some point. Why is there no attempt to bring beatemups like DD to this generation?

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Temjin001
Wednesday, September 12, 2012 @ 12:19:05 AM

eh, probably not a lot of money in the license I'd imagine.

It's totally a fan service game. A labor of DD love. The demo had me compelled, but after getting past the steeper than expected learning curve, I was hooked. It's got quite a bit more combat depth than I'd have expected. Oh, and never mind that nasty IGN review! I'm an old school gamer who played all of the core DD games. This one is the real deal as far as quality brawling game play is concerned, and a big smile is on my face having played the first few missions.

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shadowscorpio
Wednesday, September 12, 2012 @ 12:25:55 AM

@ World

Did we even have a DD last gen? I know we had The Bouncer in the gen before .

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, September 12, 2012 @ 12:33:06 AM

oh snap, you didn't tell me it was free for Plus peepz, I'm downloading it now!

Nah DD hasn't been around as far as I know since the 8 and 16 bit days.

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ZenChichiri
Wednesday, September 12, 2012 @ 12:37:18 AM

Anarchy Reigns is a beat 'em up! We'll see about that one ;)

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, September 12, 2012 @ 12:42:39 AM

yeah but it's online multiplayer centered so boo.

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ZenChichiri
Wednesday, September 12, 2012 @ 12:49:41 AM

It is multiplayer centric but I hear that it does have a single player campaign! It's probably just the multiplayer modes with CPU opponents though ;( I don't know much about it besides that.

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Lawless SXE
Wednesday, September 12, 2012 @ 2:22:57 AM

DAMN! I remember playing Double Dragon on the old Atari. Must find a way to play Neon!

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Temjin001
Wednesday, September 12, 2012 @ 12:05:55 AM
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Maybe Gabe Newell will do something Half Life that will rule the roost.
Hey, LimitedVertigo! Look! Your pillow is on the net
http://kotaku.com/5942457/sweet-dreams-creepy-valve-fanboy

=p

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frylock25
Wednesday, September 12, 2012 @ 1:28:25 AM
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i cant say what will take its place but hopefully it will be a good game worth getting all the attention.

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Beamboom
Wednesday, September 12, 2012 @ 2:11:38 AM
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It's a very interesting question, one that I have thought about too several times.
Obviously they will not remain on top forever. But what is the properties of the game that take over the crown?

I believe it's either going to be something very similar in shape and form, OR it's going to be something radically different. No middle ground.

But either way it's guaranteed to be a multiplayer-centric game, simply cause it's online gaming that creates the highest degree of addiction over a longer period of time.
People love to compete. It's that simple.

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Lawless SXE
Wednesday, September 12, 2012 @ 2:29:12 AM
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I'd say have a look at what is up and coming in the sales stakes for an estimation of what will overcome CoD in the next generation. Something sort of niggles at me and tells me that there will be no Big One; that people will really diversify and we'll see a better spread across all genres as casual gamers start to look at things other than shooters.

It's hard to say what is becoming more prevalent, but ARPG/WRPGs are a definite possibility. I mean, Elder Scrolls, Fallout and Mass Effect have all been pretty big this gen, Kingdoms of Amalur sold pretty decently, as did Deus Ex and Demon's/Dark Souls. They are addictive, and if an online mode is added, you can bet that people will quickly find a reason to stay playing. I'm not referring specifically to MMO ideals, but something more like WKC perhaps with content creation systems.

Maybe that's all just a pipe dream, but I see it as a distinct possibility.

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Beamboom
Wednesday, September 12, 2012 @ 4:15:12 AM

Oh man I hope you're right.

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___________
Wednesday, September 12, 2012 @ 5:53:06 AM
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i wouldent be surprised if it stays where it is, IE still being COD.
simply because its adjusted to the masses better than any game out there!
if not than whatever game does, whatever game caters to everyone and offers everyone something for them than that will be the game to replace CODs popularity.
but i cant see COD being dethroned.

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gumbi
Wednesday, September 12, 2012 @ 8:09:04 AM
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I don't particularly care who tops the charts next gen as long as it's not a First Person, or even Third Person, Shooter. These games have long overstayed their welcome for me. Lets get back to adventures , puzzles, and compelling stories.

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slugga_status
Wednesday, September 12, 2012 @ 8:46:40 AM
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All I have to say is anything other than a FPS. I used to like the genre but then everybody started making FPS games.

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