Call of Duty is one of this generation’s defining games. Fundamentally changing how first person shooters are played, the success of the series has spawned countless imitations, billions in profits and one of the largest on-line gaming communities.
The funny thing about being on top, though, is that everyone sets you in their sights. One competitor that has been very vocal about this is EA with their Battlefield series.
Always second to the Call of Duty franchise, EA and DICE went big in 2011 with the release of Battlefield 3. Offering scale, graphics and gameplay that simply were not possible in Call of Duty, although Battlefield 3 didn't topple Call of Duty, it sure as hell put a dent in their fan base.
Today, in an interview with EA Games boss Patrick Soderlund, he went on to explain EA's focus with the upcoming Battlefield 4, and what they plan on accomplishing with said title:
"But we think about them. Maybe they weren’t thinking about us much when we made Battlefield 3, but I can tell you, they are thinking about us now. They need too. We made a dent in the FPS market and we took share from them. And I am not going to give up until I’m No.1 and I am going to make sure I’m No.1."
Those would be fighting words! With Battlefield 3 expanding the social media presence of the Battlefield brand and EA cherry picking Call of Duty content producers to promote Battlefield 4, it seems the plan is clear. With Call of Duty: Ghosts still holding the number 1 spot for pre-orders this holiday, EA has no other option but to be relentless!
So, with declining year over sales and what seems to be rehashed game mechanics from nearly a decade old franchise, does Call of Duty: Ghosts still have your attention, or has Battlefield 4's breathtaking scale and destruction won you over? Let me know by subscribing to me here, on YouTube at YouTube/Pitmonkey and by following me on Twitter @NicholasGigante.