Activision CEO spoke with GameInformer in their newest issue of the magazine where he talked about Call of Duty: Ghosts. The biggest thing he noted was that the franchise’s future can’t and shouldn’t be determined based upon the next-gen transition struggles many developers of faced.

He replied, “No,” and added, “We’ve been pretty transparent all year that we think, because of the challenges of the console transition year, that that was likely in the short-term. I think it would be a mistake to conflate the challenges of the console transition year with any indications about the health of the franchise.”

The biggest critic complaint to Activision about Call of Duty is the yearly releases. And of course, Activision disagrees says fans want a new game and have come to like having new games early.

“Well no, obviously not – and obviously I don’t agree with the critics there. I know that Call of Duty’s a polarising franchise with some of the critics, and it’s clear to me that not all the critics like our strategy of making a game every year, but thankfully our fans do.

“It’s also clear to me that the critical response doesn’t always mirror the fans’ appreciation of a game. We actually do read the critics’ comments and take them into consideration during our creative process, but we just can’t measure ourselves by that yardstick alone.

“Our most important audience is our fans, so we try to stay laser-focused on making games that they love. If you look at the fact that [Ghosts is] the most pre-ordered game of the year, it’s the most pre-ordered next-gen game of the year, it’s already the number one most played on Xbox Live, and that we’re seeing longer average playtimes than ever before, we’re confident that we’re doing well by the criteria that matter most.”

SOURCE: GameInformer via VG247

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  • Dittieesss

    Dont piss me off or i’ll suck on your titiesss. Newest killstreak ( 5 kills)

  • KancerKiller

    Yea and that may be true but you also can’t deny that the numbers online at peak times are approximately half of what BO2 had for the first 8 months. I’ve been a huge fan since the first cod on pc but have played ghosts less than any of them. I played BO2 til BF4 released. Hopefully Treyarch will continue their innovation like they have done. Dedicated servers + Treyarch should be the best one yet.

    • HenryDF

      The numbers are going to be smaller, as on both “families” (Sony and Microsoft) you’ll have people playing next-gen. Combine the two from each generation, and you have similar (but still smaller) numbers.

      • KancerKiller

        It’s nowhere close. I have ps3 and ps4 and there’s 200,000 on ps3 and 30,000 on ps4. There was a steady 450-500, 000 on ps3 on BO2 until a few months before ghosts.

        • Nick L. Tialavea

          You forgot to add the people from BO II Zombies as well.

          • KancerKiller

            Yea true but aren’t those numbers separate?

        • Nikos

          In 13/11 (Launch date of BO2) there were over 900.000 playing just MP and 120.000 playing zombies on ps3, so ghosts numbers are dissapointing

          • KancerKiller

            Yup. I remember 800, 000 launch day. Cool that it was more. Stayed 600, 000 for a couple of months then slowly dropped off.

          • fires

            You forget that treyarch numbers count it, i know a couple who kept BO1 until BO2 came out, and just got that, there are alot of treyarch fans, well, fans of treyarch that just ignore anything that isnt treyarch.(mainly cuz of zombies)

        • Bob

          Yup, I play on 360 and pretty much only play league and I see the number of people increasing everyday because they are switching back from Ghosts.

          • KancerKiller

            My buddy says there’s still 130,000 on 360. Pretty good testament to the strength of Treyarch.

          • Treyarch Fucking Sucks

            That is totally irrelevant to what is happening on PS3 people are no longer on BO2

          • fires

            Mainly because most people just cant handle the slow pace, and how they complain it isnt like the “golden years” of mw or mw2, yet ghosts slows the game down to that pace. IMO im glad we dont have BS where you just run around the map with SMGs or outgun everything with the AN94.

          • Bob

            Yea I really love slow pace games where everyone is camping to get a high k/d! Running around the map and getting kills actually takes skill. What was your SPM in TDM? Less than 250? Probably not even 200. That means you’re a camper or you just weren’t that good. IW made ghosts noob friendly by taking out SPM because everyone just camps for the high k/d and doesn’t have to worry about being judged with a 100 SPM. And the AN and m8 took skill to use, not like the 2 bullet kill across the map weapons in Ghosts.

          • fires

            It really doesnt take much skill other than reaction, its really no fun to just run and gun, and besides, if they’re camping, you must really bad to get repeatedly killed. 200SPM doesn’t even mean you’re bad, mines only 250, and the only gamemode i play is search and destroy. And can you tell my any gun besides a Sniper or DMR that can 2 shot across the map without headshots.

          • Bob

            Haha I can tell you’re full of shit. No one has a 250 SPM in search and destroy.

          • fires

            Well, in MW3 of the 200 hours i have in Mw3, i have 187 hours played in SnD/Hardcore SnD, my SPM is 250, I don’t know whats wrong with it, some guys have higher in search, as you can tell, i like search

          • Bob

            Was I talking about MW3? That game was just as shitty as Ghosts, I didn’t even get to prestige. I never played hardcore, but I’m assuming it’s much easier to get a high SPM because it only takes 1 shot to kill someone, which only takes camping skill.

          • fires

            If its as “shitty” as ghosts, its a pretty good fucking comparison. My SPM is 243 on ghosts BTW(Search making up 90% of my total hours)

          • Bob

            Is that search and rescue or search and destroy because that is 2 totally different things. Search and destroy just recently came out so I can’t see 90% being only that. If it is only S&D then that’s pretty good. And yeah Ghosts is shitty, me and everyone I know went back to BO2 even though the connection isn’t as good. I can’t find where it tells you SPM in Ghosts unless you’re just dividing score by time played. If no one can easily see it then no one cares, which is why no one gets judged for having a low SPM.

          • fires

            yea, i really dont even care about my spm, or k/d, i just end up getting mad at BS whether OP, or me being stupid, ill just do what i do with all the CODs, get my 60+ bucks worth through trolling and using weird ass gun combos (CBJ rapidfire + Thermal) PS I meant search and destroy, S&R is full of scrubs who set up on your tags for kills instead of picking them up

          • Bob

            Yup, I’m just sad cus I feel like I wasted 60 bucks. If you can believe it, I was the most hopeful out of all my friends that this game would be great. That’s why I comment on this site because I’m dissapointed. And yeah S&R is a mistake and apparently IW knows that now.

          • Bob

            Also, you’re saying pros have no skill because they run and gun and im sure they are much much better than you. And it’s sooooo hard to camp in a corner and shoot someone in the back with 2 bullets..and i have no idea what you’re trying to say in your last sentence. You need to go back to elementary school, unless you are a little kid then you shouldn’t be playing this game.

          • fires

            Well it must be problematic for you to read if the only grammatical mistake is me -> my. You seem to be dodging my question about the 2 shot guns, because there aren’t any. As for pros, the real main difference is they don’t run around the map with SMGs, they have some tactile and strategic play instead of rush, rush, rush. If campers are camping in the corner as you said, it would be plain stupid to try and shoot them in the back, Grenades, flashbangs, concussions, pre-firing, etc. can all be used to kill a camper, or you can just team with a buddy, or use pro tactics bumrushing to get them, its not that hard, its not like they’re like snipers on BF.

          • Bob

            Yea sorry I just don’t have time to try to figure out your dumb grammatical mistakes, I have better things to do. Anyway, no I’m not dodging your question. It was proved that putting burst fire on any gun makes it a 2 shot kill. Please watch this whole video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-v5TiwhBJY. It explains the whole thing. Pros do rush, did you ever see complexity play? That is how they win in Blitz. They push the other team back into their base so they don’t go out and try to score. And I’m talking about people camping in a corner and shooting other people in the back when they run by haha. Why would I shoot a camper in the back? All of those grenade’s would definitely help kill a camper, but how would you know he’s camping behind a corner? Do you have some kind of perk that makes you ping everyone that I don’t know about? And on crap maps like Stonehaven, pretty much everyone snipes.

          • fires

            Burst fire and single fire increase damage because of the fire rate drop, so no crap its 2 shot, and what you mentioned about rushing is BLITZ, BLITZ LITERALLY MEANS: an intensive or sudden military attack.(what rushing is) I don’t know why you would just camp in a game mode where the objective is to go TO THE OTHER SIDE OF THE MAP, this is a game mode built around rushing, so it is irrelevant. You get the camper AFTER you die, because you don’t really care about K/D, its really your fault if you get mad at campers if you wont spent a life finding where he is, and on stonehaven you can show the snipers whats what using a Counter sniper class.

          • Bob

            Uhh yeah the fire rate drops, but you still kill someone with 2 out of the 3 bullets in a burst. That makes kill time pretty much instant with any weapon. haha there are a lot of campers in blitz so don’t even try. Obviously people know other people will rush, so they stay back in their spawn and just kill people as they run by. Also Cranked is supposed to counter camping, but there still is a shit load of campers just because the map design is flawed. When did I say I didn’t care about K/D. A high K/D is not impressive unless you have a high SPM and that’s why I try to get both by not camping, but getting killed with 2 bullets from a noob definately hinders that. Also, Marksman rifles are 2 shots and you can shoot pretty damn fast if you have a good trigger finger. After you kill that one camper, he’ll just respawn and camp somewhere else, so it doesn’t even matter. I don’t really even care if people use snipers, my point about Stonehaven was just that it’s way too big for this game and it forces everyone to snipe.

    • 3rdWorldMafia

      Bo2 was on 4 consoles; 360, PS3, PC, and Wii-U. Ghosts is on 6.

      • Chase

        Those aren’t gens, those are consoles.

        • 3rdWorldMafia

          Corrected

    • Fuck Treyarch

      Treyarch sucks cold hard dick!

  • The cod killer

    I’ll never buy another IW game got burn twice with mw3 n ghost the worst cod ever imo

    • Nikos

      Agreed.Treyarch is the real deal ,IW just sucks ,ok they made COD4 and MW2 but they also made MW3 and Ghosts. Treyarch made WaW which rocks ,BO1 (Best CoD for me) and BO2.And don’t forget the Zombies!!

      • Well,the new IW team sucks imo

        • TheShadowReaper

          that isnt just your opinion anymore. the new IW work their asses off make it a fact. lawl.

        • Not new, they are the same only with less guys working there, they are only ~125 workers and the Treyarch team is ~250

        • Nikos

          Agreed! Woof 😀

      • Grigori

        Ghosts is way better than mw3, not better than bo2 because of zombies though..

        My dream is that Treyarch makes an ZOMBIE ONLY GAME! <3

      • Derrick Wingler

        One thing you gotta understand is that IW isn’t IW anymore. After MW2 activision tried to screw them out of the millions of dollars they were owed and in response most of them quit and filed a class action lawsuit against activision. The IW today is an entriely different team than it was when MW1 and MW2 came, which is why MW3 and Ghosts somehow turned out terrible compared to them.

        • fires

          I liked Ghosts campaign, but fuck me, right?

          • Derrick Wingler

            i didn’t say Ghosts was bad, but compared to previous call of duty games its just not nearly as good in my and quite few other people’s opinions. If you like it that’s great, personally, this looks like its going to be the first time that COD isn’t going to be my most played game. Titanfall is probably gonna end up with that honor.

      • Archer

        The makers of MW3 and Ghosts are an empty shell of IW.
        *cough* respawn entertainment is the real IW *cough*

        • derpy

          FACT, infinity ward developed the campaign, the shit sledgehammer games (rumored to be making mw4 somewhere) developed multiplayer

      • Its my opinion

        Why does everyone love zombies, not being some sort of mainstream fag or anything, but is it just me who finds zombies repetitive as hell? dont get me wrong, i love zombies, but I can only really play the new map like 10 times before i fell like its a chore to set up for high rounds, I mean, in kino, once you get the mojo with the thundergun, it really only takes patience to get world record high-scores, look at syndicate, who has recorded evidence of round 116 on kino, it took him like 10 hours straight to get such a prestige. Also, whats the hate with mw3? even though its mw2 with more guns and stuff, whats wrong with that, i like mw2, and now i get it again with a brand new wrapping! Just saying, penny for my thoughts.

        • Paul Thomas

          Because you can go in and do other things beside just go for high rounds. You can just play for fun, challenge yourself to use only certain guns and you make the decisions of what to do. Now grated I get bored with them too, but there’s nothing wrong with playing with online scrubs or just trying to be a badass on the map.

          • Its my opinion

            Yea, yea i know, but just showing im not biased, i think extinction mode is just as repetitive, but i like how you can just buy a death machine :3

        • Syndacite is Average

          Syndicate is average at zombies. He’s not that good.

          • Syndacite is Average
          • Syndacite is Average

            I’ve even accomplished what he has as have a lot of people.
            But a lot of people don’t record. Syndicate is a very average zombie player.

  • Cape6

    Ummm the game is good only when there is action and with most maps and gamemods it doesnt have alot of action

  • Lilbibby

    Please fix the maps make it fast action please because Its boring look for people

  • TheShadowReaper

    so in other words, critics can suck a dick…hard. we love COD and no hipster critic will change that. let them play Frostbite 3.0, thats what they’re into right now…

  • Alexander Kleinwechter

    To be honest, i enjoyed ghosts alot more then black ops 2. I loved the campagin and the multiplayer even if it is sometimes slow paced!

    • CoDforever

      Blops 1 > Blops 2 > MW3 & Ghosts IMO

      • CharlieIntel

        Treyarch > Treyarch > Infinity Ward & Infinity Ward

        Just to simplify what you said.

        • ORB1T4L

          I’d call the current IW team IW2, it’s not even IW anymore, they should be renamed IMO.

          • Derrick Wingler

            Gotta agree. Vast majority of the original IW members left since activision didn’t treat them like the master game developers they were, and now what we have is a bunch of posers pretending to be the IW that we loved.

          • ORB1T4L

            Infinity Ward has become shit IMO, the original team was better and different, now, I feel like the new one is just saying “yes, master.” whenever ATVI tells them “you’re gonna do this, and this, and no, we don’t wanna hear about your personal ideas and shit”, IW2 is NOT IW, and it will NEVER be as good as the original team was. PERIOD.

          • BHCMax

            THIS^

      • Alex | FamousIsLIVE

        I think I’d go BO1 > Ghosts > BO2 > MW3

        • CoDforever

          I think blops 2 is one of the best due to competitive, made me love and play the game the whole year long rather than just 3 months

          • Alex | FamousIsLIVE

            Yeah competitive was extremely supported in BO2. However it was almost ruined by the game being 100% based on connection and not really skill.

          • CoDforever

            well not really .. League play used dedicated servers and it’s also about awareness not just gunskill

      • Scotty Le

        Obviously you didn’t play BO1 on PC… lol

    • Alex | FamousIsLIVE

      Exactly the same way. Everyone just hates adjusting.

    • Josh

      Your not old enough to play the game – don’t say “but im 16”.

      • Alexander Kleinwechter

        well technically i am old enough, here in europe ghosts have the age rating at 16!

        • Zeezke

          I think he means you haven’t matured enough to play the game.

          • Michael Bayless

            With that said, Looking at what you wrote, you appear mature enough. You used grammar, and sensible writing, most of which is missing in modern era. (also, I am Zeezke, just signed in)

          • Alexander Kleinwechter

            Well that doesn’t make much sense, im very mature for my age, aslo there is nothing wrong with immaturity, the best thing is to be immature in a mature way!

  • Xero360

    Ghost is garbage! The real programmers are working on Titanfall. They are the 75-80% that made MW4 along with the former Pres & CEO.

    • TheShadowReaper

      Respawn Entertainment, which are the guys that are working on Titanfall are a bunch of assholes, money whores and traitors to the COD franchise all together. they didnt meet the contract that they themselves singed with Activision and just left the team leaving the rest IW and Activision like that. they deserve to be burned alive and to be taken as example for the worst greedy development team ever.

      • Chase Ashcraft

        You couldn’t be more wrong about that bud. Activision were the ones that backed out of the contract, and the developers didn’t get what they deserved for making the game. They had every reason to leave. Also, money whores? Have you seen Activision and what they do? I got one word for you buddy, MICROTRANSACTIONS.

        • TheShadowReaper

          meh…people just see what they want to see. you are a living example.

          • Chase Ashcraft

            Good one man, maybe do some research before you try and make a comeback. I’ve seen your comments on other articles, you’re a Cod fanboy to the end, so your opinions are pretty biased. I actually look at the facts and try to present them, but your head is too far up your ass to know any better.

          • TheShadowReaper

            look as much as a COD fan that i am i do recognize that Ghosts isnt the peak of the franchise, but…BF4 isnt better either. for you see i am (or was) a BF fan for a long time until BF3 totally killed the franchise. so if we go to compare the games in terms of franchise quality COD wins, even by slightest, but it does. if BO2 and Ghosts are bad games for the COD franchise, BF3 and BF4 are exactly the same or even worse than that for the Battlefield franchise. so you shouldnt judge someone just because you saw him typing 2 lines of speech. some of us have way more experience with every single franchise than you runts do.

  • Michael

    The reviews tell a completely different story: the critics (probably paid by Activision) praise this game, yet the majority of the community despises it (Multiplayer that is)

    • TheShadowReaper

      critics hate the game, community praises it. thats the story of Ghosts. and tbh Ghosts is a good game. not the best we have seen but still ok by me.

  • Xero360

    As much as I love Call of Duty, I have to admit that Ghosts is just one big steaming piece of crap. Have that piece of sh!t CEO of Activision send me an envelope with a $60 check & I’ll send this coaster back to him. This time the critics were right, what a jackoff!

  • Ghosts is terrible. That’s not me raging at the game as a player. I have not played it since the first week it was released.

  • Ryumoau

    i agree with him that critics don’t always reflect fan opinions. But i’m glad they are also taking criticism into consideration and will hopefully make next year’s game the best possible.

  • Bob

    It’s pretty funny that activision says that fans like this game. Out of the 500 people that bought this for 360 from amazon, they gave it an average of 2 and a half stars. PS3 had 250 people with also 2 and a half stars. PS4 was the highest with 3 stars from 196 people. To me, that sounds like people don’t like this game, but what do I know, I don’t make a billion dollars off a piece of crap game. Stats don’t lie.

    BTW BO2 has an average of 4 stars from 3500 reviews, so I’m pretty sure IW knows they are inferior to 3arc.

    • fires

      How about you go to metacritic and look at user reviews for ghosts, tell me how legit stats like that are: not at all.

      • Nick Tialavea

        http://www.metacritic.com/game/pc/call-of-duty-ghosts/critic-reviews Call of Duty Ghosts Metacritic Score.

        http://www.metacritic.com/game/pc/call-of-duty-black-ops-ii/critic-reviews Call of Duty Black Ops II Metacritic Score

        So yeah, seems like Black Ops II is in more favors than Ghosts.

      • Bob

        You failed. I didn’t even have to look it up, Nick did that for me. Just stop trying to prove Ghosts is a better game, because all the people that matter say it’s not.

        • fires

          User reviews, have you not seen half of them? we WERE talking about what user thought, not critics. and about 90% dont give serious review, the same 90% gave the game complete 0% because of some stupid, either BLOPS 2 RULES or BF4LYF BS. Also, if the only people that matter when buying a game is critics, thats kinda sad, especially a multiplayer based franchise, i would conside my friends the people that matter whether or not i should pick up a multiplayer-based game.

          • Bob

            Well I really don’t care if they don’t give serious reviews. BO2 has better reviews everywhere. I’m sure the BO2 reviews has idiots with names like IW rules too. I saw some idiot on here with a name treyarch sucks or something like that haha. But having a 1.8 out of 5 out of 2062 user reviews is pretty bad. I don’t listen to what critics say about it, but I should have because I wasted 60 bucks on a POS. The best part of ghosts is campaign and the alien shit.

          • fires

            Well, i dont know what to say about that, just because IW got rid of the pick 10 system, everyone gets sore about it even though you can be just as creative in the new create a soldier. Honestly it maybe because of how IW is working with next-gen too, BUT, im excited that next year COD is going to get a NEW ENGINE, not just a improved version of that ancient engine that kept COD 60fps on ps3/xbox360

  • Dean Ball

    Sold Ghosts after 2 weeks of ownership. Terrible ( too big ), dull looking ( ie grey ) maps. Lack of Theatre Mode. Shocking spawns. Campers. Died far too quickly ( 2 shots ). Took forever to rank up. Went back to Ops2, despite it’s faults, and its 100 times better than Ghosts.

    • fires

      Theatre was removed to lessen the lag, notice how you rarely get host migrations, ive only had like 3 host migrations since release. What you probably assume are “campers” is just you being mad because you cant run around with SMGs anymore. Have fun in a game made by developers who become EA money greedy by selling camos with bacon on them.

      • Chase Ashcraft

        Sounds like someone forgot to mention the spawns because he know how terrible they are. I have spawned in that game and been killed seconds later by a guy almost 5 feet away from me. BO2 is a far superior game compared to Ghosts, and I feel bad that you actually think it’s good.

        • fires

          did they not mention they were working on it? BLOPS2 spawns were pretty bad as well, at least IW told us they were working on spawns instead of leaving us in the dark. I really just digress, if i ever complained about spawns its because i gripe about being back stabbed, but don’t let such a trivial mechanic ruin your experience, it’ll be fixed soon. And dont feel bad, I prefer a MW-esque experience anyways, MSBS > AN94 & Bulldog > R870

          • Chase Ashcraft

            I do like IW’s style of play a quite a bit more, but their spawns have really been pissing me off.

      • Dean Ball

        To be fair to Ghosts, the hit detection and lack of lag was a refreshing change from Ops2. But the reason people camp/sit in a corner waiting for someone to run past is because the maps were so big, that players were afraid to run and gun due to crappy spawns and the fact that the maps were so “non predictable”. At least with Ops2, you could predict where play was, where others were likely to be etc, due to mainly-symetrical map design.

  • TheCheeseWeel

    i find this hilarious, every year treyarch makes a game, people saw Treyarch sucks, and IW is amazing, then IW makes CoD, then everyone says treyarch is the best. every fucking year

    • fires

      naw man, IW for life, FUCK AN94, and LSAT TF. QS > AN94

    • Epicsand

      It is because when a new CoD game comes out, pros play it, kick the more casual players’ asses, and leave old game behind. The old game becomes more fun, because there are more noobs, and less pros.

  • Thoughtful Discourse

    After about a month of regular play I’m really enjoying ghosts. The single player is my second favorite behind MW2. As far as multiplayer goes it really suffers from bad spawns, but that aside there is a lot here that I hope Treyarch will build on. I think the knee slide is better and more useful than the dolphin dive. I like the battle chatter from the AI and I actually enjoy the bigger maps and the slower pace of the game.

    What I really think hurts this COD is the guns are lackluster as compared to other COD games. Going down to 12 players per map on current gen also hurts the multiplayer. I don’t mind IW going away from the 3 lane style of BLOPS 2 however the maps have a lot of clutter on them that is often times in line of sight or you get caught on and it impedes movement.

    All in all its a new experience and a good one, while probably not being great. I can’t wait to see what treyarch gives us next year.

  • BHCMax

    Cod is self imploding, especially pc version, less than 5,000 0nline 1x month after release says it all, , there has got to be a rethink on their strategy of releasing same old junk year in year out,

    • Epicsand

      It is not imploding. It is the most pre-ordered, and best-selling game on both next-gen consoles. The CoD formula is not junk, and they make smart changes to it every year. I agree that they have not made any huge changes, and I hope they do with the next game.