Yesterday, Bungie announced that their newest game Destiny will be available on September 9th, 2014. Destiny is a first person shooter, but more dynamic and open world based compared to Call of Duty. Destiny was originally slated to be released in Spring 2014, but now with the push back to fall, that makes the game’s launch even closer to Activision’s other mega-franchise: Call of Duty.
It’s expected that the next Call of Duty game will be releasing in November 2014, and once the holiday season comes around, you’ll have two mega Activision games to choose from: Destiny or Call of Duty. Some will only choose one, while other’s will choose both, but is this what Activision intended? Their two biggest franchise are about to go head on for customer’s purchases in Holiday Season of 2014; however, is it possible that these two games can co-exist peacefully? It definitely it possible, and Activision surely thinks so. Activision CEO has already said that he doesn’t have any problems with these two games competing, and that he believes these two franchises can “peacefully” co-exist. But, some have said Destiny will be the ‘Call of Duty killer’, although thus far, no “direct” FPS franchise has been able to actually do anything to Call of Duty (except GTA V, which dethroned ATVI of the biggest entertainment title name).
If Destiny did launch in Spring 2014, the game would’ve gone head to head against Titanfall, EA’s new big shooter franchise. But now, Titanfall is left to launch in March all by itself, leaving zero competition for Respawn to get a head start.
So, what does this mean for Activision? One things for sure, next holiday season, Activision will generate lots of revenues with having two big franchises on the market. With new Call of Duty, new Skylanders game, and now Destiny all expected in Fall, 2014 will turn out to be one of the biggest years for Activision.
What do you think? Can Call of Duty and Destiny co-exist peacefully?