'Call of Duty: Ghosts 2' Would Be A Mistake For Activision – Forbes

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Two rumors are at present floating round about big-name shooters set to debut this fall. The primary has attained more legitimacy, that DICE is planning to set Battlefield 5 again in World Conflict I. The second, which I’ve seen solely bandied about on no-name websites, is that when Name of Responsibility returns this fall, it will likely be Infinity Ward making Ghosts 2.
The second rumor comes from a grab from UK journal Video games TM, which reveals a tiny blurb about Name of Responsibility: Ghosts 2 in an upcoming subject. The issue? It is utilizing a picture straight out of the original Ghosts, and is within the journal’s “Most Wished” part. Oops.
So whereas this “leak” is not true, it’s too quickly to rule out the concept Activision and Infinity Ward will certainly announce Name of Responsibility: Ghosts 2. On the floor, it’s logical, given the looks of the unique Ghosts as the primary next-gen COD title two and a half years in the past. Since Name of Responsibility has sequelized virtually all of its sub-series thus far, Ghosts 2 appears inevitable.
Nevertheless it shouldn’t be, and Ghosts 2 shouldn’t be the path the sequence must go this fall. Or actually, ever once more.
I’ll begin with the apparent. The unique Name of Responsibility: Ghosts shouldn’t be precisely a beloved sport within the sequence. Made by Infinity Ward, now missing its founders who made the Fashionable Warfare video games, it was generic, and multiplayer upset each informal and professional gamers alike. It additionally marked the primary extreme decline in gross sales for the sequence in years, and although it wasn’t the bottom level (that may be Superior Warfare a yr later), it was nothing to be celebrated. The true drawback, nonetheless, is that Name of Responsibility video games are beginning blur collectively greater than ever into one massive blob of “close to future shooters.” Whereas Black Ops began again in Vietnam, and Fashionable Warfare was in some imprecise approximation of current day, the sequence has now cut up into three between Ghosts, Black Ops and Superior Warfare, and now all are near-future shooters filled with robots and drones and elaborate holographic HUDs and the whole lot else that comes with that sort of tech.
It’s an excessive amount of. If the sequence desires to remain contemporary, there must be some variety between its video games, and Ghosts is the more than likely candidate to get reduce, due to how forgettable it’s as a model, and the way a lot the unique was disliked. No offense to Infinity Ward, however that’s merely how it’s.
The opposite rumor about this yr’s Name of Responsibility, one based mostly seemingly in nothing however logic, is that the series will return to World War II with Infinity Ward’s new installment. This makes far more sense, and is a much better thought. And that was even earlier than this rumor that Battlefield is making a World Conflict I sport. What do you assume goes to be extra eye-catching this fall, Name of Responsibility: Ghosts 2, or a WWI Battlefield? I nonetheless doubt Battlefield would have a prayer of outselling COD, however I simply don’t see that a lot pleasure round a Ghosts 2 launch, in comparison with the place issues could be if COD was heading again to WWII after practically a decade away from it. Ghosts 2 must do one thing dramatic to face out from the opposite sequence, and I am undecided what that may be at this level. A marketing campaign and multiplayer based mostly on an alien invasion, taking a web page from their co-op mode? That sounds excessive, however it could virtually have to be for Ghosts to stay related as a model, as Superior Warfare and Black Ops have been acquired so significantly better.
An alternate concept is that it is likely to be Treyarch or Sledgehammer that heads again to World Conflict II, and we actually do get Ghosts 2 from Infinity Ward this yr. Sledgehammer did produce a poor-selling (by Name of Responsibility requirements) close to future shooter, and perhaps Activision doesn’t consider within the Superior Warfare model. And although Black Ops 3 has completed very nicely, maybe Treyarch will transfer on now that the “trilogy” is probably full, and head again to WWII, a setting they’ve visited earlier than.
I nonetheless don’t assume any of those are higher concepts that Infinity Ward doing WWII this yr as a substitute of a Ghosts sequel. Nor do I believe Ghosts 2, Superior Warfare 2 and Black Ops 4 is a good line-up for the subsequent few years. If Name of Responsibility desires to retain its crown yr after yr, it’s going to have to start out considering outdoors the field. To me, that looks like an inevitable return to WWII (debatable how outdoors the field that’s, however no matter), however I even have a imaginative and prescient for one thing grand and loopy like “World of Black Ops” an open world shooter that units The Division in its sights, however that’s an thought for an additional day.
Simply no Ghosts 2, please.
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