Insider: Call Of Duty Lead Platform Switching To PS4
The Call of Duty franchise has been associated and in love with Microsoft and the Xbox brand for a long time now, as was implied by all the timed exclusive DLC and advertising. However, it’s possible that something could be changing, as reported by industry insider Pete “Famousmortimer” Dodd.
Dodd usually has a good track record, allegedly, with what his industry sources share with him. For example, he was the man who first mentioned the difference in resolution of Call of Duty: Ghosts on PS4 and Xbox One.
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Recently Dodd posted something intriguing on NeoGaf regarding Call of Duty and Activision:
I’m not ready to jump on the XB1 is doomed train yet. Titanfall, or really any game, can turn the fortunes, but as of now – yes, good start but valid concerns. The PS4 is above and beyond all projections and publishers are re-calibrating to this. I heard that Activision is going to make a public announcement about COD changing to the PS4 as lead platform. I have no idea if this means DLC (I assume MS locked that down for multiple years) but COD was a XBOX 360 game that happened to be on the ps3 last gen. That will be a hugely symbolic move… and don’t discount what that means to the masses.
In addition, Dodd mentioned that the PS4 is selling more than Xbox One with regards to digital sales.
Also, don’t sleep on inFamous. It will be very, very, close to Titanfall XB1 this month. Sony is also doing far more digital sales than MS so far (which is a weird switch from the middle of last gen).
Naturally, all information from insiders should be taken with a certain degree of caution.
However, what makes the platform switch believable is that lately Activision has been quite favourable to Sony, with regards to Destiny and its exclusive reveal on the PS4. Of course there’s its very much advertised early access beta for PlayStation players too.
But more than that, Electronic Arts has gone into bed with Microsoft and Xbox lately, especially when highlighting Titanfall, a game that is a massive competitor to Call of Duty. Activision most likely has to combat this, and going team PlayStation might be sensible for Call of Duty. Whether this means we’ll start seeing timed exclusive DLC or advertising on PS4 similar to how it was on Xbox 360 is something time will tell, but it is a possibility if this information is accurate.
It really does seem that Activision and Electronic Arts have switched sides. While Activision has yet to show their hand past Destiny, there’s no denying that EA has all the love for Xbox right now, and Titanfall is definitely the biggest evidence of that.
More so, and take this with a grain of salt, the next Call of Duty was allegedly showcased at Destination PlayStation, which if true would give substance to the suggestion that the game has had a lead platform switch.
I guess we’re awaiting the official announcement now, the physical proof of Activision’s new allegiance.