Will Battlefield Overtake Call Of Duty In The Next Generation?
At one point, this seemed absolutely impossible.
But we could be seeing a changing of the guard in the new generation. There's no chance Battlefield 4 outsells Call of Duty: Ghosts, but perhaps the day when a new BF sequel outstrips a new CoD entry isn't that far off...
Electronic Arts has made their goal plain from the start: With each new Battlefield installment, they want to steal a little more market share away from Activision's blockbuster Call of Duty. And if we check the statistics, it appears EA has - for the most part - achieved its goal. This year, analysts are saying Ghosts will be the first CoD title in a long time to not outsell its predecessor out of the gate. In short, records may not fall and on the flip side, Battlefield 4 has a good chance of selling the most copies in the franchise's history.
Looking down the road, it does seem like DICE and EA are a little more willing to innovate and try new things, despite the fact that Activision continually defends the innovation on display with each new CoD. I think the bottom line is this- CoD feels like it's on the way down, while Battlefield feels like it's rapidly rising. The mainstream masses will still side with CoD for at least a year or two more, but maybe after the new generation is several years old, you might see a new BF title outsell a new CoD game. Treyarch or Infinity Ward will have to do something pretty impressive to stop that from happening, and another Black Ops or Modern Warfare may not do it. Even the casuals will get tired of those.
What do you think? Can Battlefield become the reigning FPS king in the next generation? Or will the CoD stranglehold continue?
10/27/2013 10:25:32 PM Ben Dutka