If Activision Blizzard plays its card right with the upcoming Call of Duty title (especially considering what’s purportedly being packed in with the game,) it’s sure to spark a huge positive response from its community of hardcore fans. Today’s podcast explores just how cool this whole idea is if it comes with the right support.
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Noah Caldwell-Gervais has been responsible for some landmark critiques of video games that focus on the gameplay and story-telling aspects of the game in a nearly dispassionate manner. There’s something to his way of thinking and analysis that I greatly appreciate and since he upgraded his equipment around last year, he’s been producing videos every month for a growing YouTube audience instead of two videos a year. (Note to self: I need to contribute to that Patreon campaign he’s running.)
This month’s video is about collection of single player campaigns featured in the Call of Duty franchise, a series of games with humble-enough intentions that turned into a formulaic, yet incontestable, genre-defining standard-bearer. It’s a fascinating two-hour-long look into the installments released for the PC.
Does “the players and the organization felt it was time for a fresh start” mean anything other than Complexity couldn’t pay them enough? Evil Geniuses bought out a team contract for a record amount?
It’d be one thing to think that this was a lose-lose move for everyone involved, but it’s not. The players are definitely stepping up from nearly falling off the radar to winning the game’s most prestigious competition. It’s definitely a win-lose situation, though. Complexity has to start all over again finding a team that can compete on the COD franchise’s stage while generating a fraction of the hype that their championship-caliber team had.
I’m sure the real reasons behind the deal haven’t been disclosed, but I just can’t see how Complexity thought it was a benefit to let a good thing go. I suppose they just have to double down on their LCS-bound League of Legends team, instead.