Call of Duty switches to three-studio rotation to aim for quality

By Scorpus ยท 32 replies
Feb 7, 2014
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  1. Activison wants any upcoming Call of Duty games to be of the highest quality, which is why they've announced a new three studio rotation cycle that gives each developer three years to develop and fine tune their game. The new...

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  2. MrBungle

    MrBungle TS Booster Posts: 151   +67

    "Sledgehammer games will be the developer for this year's Call of Duty game, which Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick described as the 'perhaps the best Call of Duty game ever created.'"

    Of course the CEO is going to say its wonderful, what else are they going to say?
    waqasr likes this.
  3. GhostRyder

    GhostRyder This guy again... Posts: 2,198   +593

    I have a better idea: Don't release a game every year and focus on keeping the CURRENT games better with bug fixes, balances, and MAP PACKS since that's all each CoD is anyway.
    SantistaUSA likes this.
  4. treeski

    treeski TS Evangelist Posts: 990   +233

    Activision is probably the most money grubbing of all the game developers/publishers. I pass on any title they release these days.
    Mooseinadesert, waqasr and wastedkill like this.
  5. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

    Yeah. The COD franchise used to be great but I lost all interest in it after I wasted money on MW2. I'd like them to go back to a much longer single player campaign and shooting Nazi's again, it was a lot more fun than subsequent titles as far as I'm concerned. I'm about as excited in future COD titles as I am getting the clap.
  6. SirGCal

    SirGCal TS Maniac Posts: 365   +136

    This is why I gave up on the CoD lineup long ago. Publishers just wants more $ and they force the developers to spit out a new game every 6 months I think it is now. Regardless of state, situation, etc. They've become just the same thing over and over to boot. The developers are barking hard about not being able to develop, so the publisher throws another company into the mix to give them more time. I still won't buy anything EA or Activision for these reasons. Learned my lesson years ago. It's just not worth it. There are other options out there.
    Last edited: Feb 7, 2014
  7. GhostRyder

    GhostRyder This guy again... Posts: 2,198   +593

    Activision owns CoD, not EA....
  8. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

    I thought the COD franchise was Activision, Not EA.
  9. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

    Looks like we posted simultaneously.
  10. GhostRyder

    GhostRyder This guy again... Posts: 2,198   +593

    lol, guess so since we were only like seconds apart :p
  11. SirGCal

    SirGCal TS Maniac Posts: 365   +136

    I've been up for 73 hours so far... sue me. Still, another crappy publisher, rest of the argument is exactly the same. For whatever reason, I had EA on my mind. Another massive publisher I stay away from.
  12. Let's milk the cow.
    Burty117, waqasr and ghasmanjr like this.
  13. TS-56336

    TS-56336 TS Addict Posts: 609   +109

    Soo... now there's 3 developers making Call of Duty?

    As if having 2 developers wasn't enough of a mess already.
  14. j05hh

    j05hh TS Booster Posts: 156   +34

    Bring back WW2 shooter!
  15. ghasmanjr

    ghasmanjr TS Booster Posts: 363   +86

    Techspot's product finder says it all at the bottom of the story:

    Modern Warfare 3 - 83
    Black Ops 2 - 81
    Ghosts - 73

    You can give a turd an extra year of polish but you're still going to be left with a pile of crap.
    Burty117, Jad Chaar, j05hh and 2 others like this.
  16. GhostRyder

    GhostRyder This guy again... Posts: 2,198   +593

    Yea, the comment of them "Aiming for Quality" is about as false as it comes. Even adding and extra year to "Polish" or whatever is not going to give the game anything better (Maybe some slight fixes before hand). The thing is Activision knows that users are finally getting smart and the reason that a game released on only 2 systems (GTA 5) broke all the records CoD held when CoD could not beat it releasing on a total of 5 Systems is because people realized its the same junk over an over again. Doing this is trying to make a claim its going to "Improve" but in reality its just trying to convince the people to buy it again.

    I won't ever buy a new copy of the game ever again, they have already broken my trust completely with their "Copy and Paste" mechanics.
    wastedkill likes this.
  17. howzz1854

    howzz1854 TS Evangelist Posts: 611   +94

    There's a video somewhere, if anyone can find it, of the director of game development being interviewed by the press. and he stumbled when being ask the question on the game engine being use in the game was based on the old Id Tech 3 engine originally developed from quake 3. it's no news to people, but it was just funny watching him fumble. you can put a lipstick on a pig, it'll still be a pig. they've piled on so many updates and features on top of the originally engine and trying to convince people it's not a pig anymore... face it... it's a pig and we can tell. of course fans were eager to jump on and defend the guy that all games were written based on the same engine. BS. unreal was not based on id tech 3, cry was not based on unreal, frostech is not based on cry. I applaud anyone who can dig up that video. it's fun to watch.
  18. wastedkill

    wastedkill TS Evangelist Posts: 1,423   +350

    Yay they are putting the 3 most worst studios to work on call of duty, if they dont atleast put a good studio to work on the damn game its not gonna be any good.

    CoD is just another game where if you played the first one you've played them all they are what 10-20yrs late in tech and design? They lie every time and then ask you for a stupid amount of money for 1-2 camo's...
  19. Sarcasm

    Sarcasm TS Guru Posts: 367   +46

    Everybody is so cynical, but an entire year is a big difference. I hope that they succeed in giving us better quality COD games with this new route.
  20. wastedkill

    wastedkill TS Evangelist Posts: 1,423   +350

    Well obviously not I mean have you played any CoD game on the PC? Its like what 3-4month development then the rest vacation.
  21. Sarcasm

    Sarcasm TS Guru Posts: 367   +46

    lol yeah I don't know what they actually do during development time, but I understand why people aren't exactly thrilled with anything Activision says. But I guess I just "hope" it does result in better quality games.
    wastedkill likes this.
  22. GhostRyder

    GhostRyder This guy again... Posts: 2,198   +593

    I really do not believe the extra year will make a difference in the games because of the way CoD has been operating for Years. The companies essentially "Share" the info and "improvements" between each other so what you get in reality is them re-skinning a few things and adding a few changes here and there. In reality once the game is "finished" they send the new stuff to the next company and that company changes up and tries to "improve" it for their game. That in actuality leads to still just a year at most dev cycle where they just work on slight improvements with certain mechanics, new gimmicks, and a chance to advertise better. There's a reason the graphics have not changed in 6 years or more and that's because nothing has changed.

    I would hope for an improvement as well, but what I would rather have than paying (If you include all the map packs and stuff) $120 a year to play the same game because they immediately drop support for the old game the moment the new one comes out is 2 years per game. That would make the franchise significantly better (I hope) and would give everyone plenty of time to make huge improvements.
  23. Sniped_Ash

    Sniped_Ash TS Maniac Posts: 253   +108

    I don't know how anyone can get excited at paying $60 to play the same modern day shootmans game every single year.
  24. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

    The CoD franchise doesnt need a new studio... it needs a new engine along with new original storylines and themes. Too bad the crowd is so large they just buy the games each year regardless.
  25. wastedkill

    wastedkill TS Evangelist Posts: 1,423   +350

    Ghosts gave soo many promises and I personally believed it would deliver but it failed in more ways than the previous games :/ goes to show changes to anything CoD makes it worse.
  26. I would prefer they release a game every two years instead of this. The logical conclusion of this decision is a 'tri-vergent' mess, where every year CoD feels different and gets weirder over time.
    This decision is not based on quality, but on greed. You move from a model years ago, when a passionate team of visionaries create a game that captivates everyone, to sweat shop developers churning out their interpretation of this year's flavour.
    BlueDrake likes this.

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