Activision’s CEO Eric Hirshberg spoke to IGN recently and commented on the success of Call of Duty.
“All I can tell you is that the franchise has never been stronger,” Hirshberg told IGN. “At this moment in time, we have more people playing every month, more people logging on to play every day, a better digital business with people playing longer into the cycle of each product and purchasing more DLC and purchasing micro-DLC and purchasing season passes. Those are all the hard measures. How is the content we’re making selling? Are people enjoying it? That seems to be going well. Then you look at the softer measures, just in terms of social media engagement and video views. Anticipation is high for Ghosts. When you’re building off such a strong foundation of engaged players, that’s usually a pretty good sign.”
Hirshberg went on to talk about some of the features Infinity Ward’s bringing to Ghosts:
“Now, at the end of the day, it all comes down to us making another great game,” Hirshberg continued. “That’s why we set the stage for greatness with Ghosts by wiping the slate clean creatively, not doing another Modern Warfare game with Infinity Ward, allowing them to create an entirely new narrative and cast of characters. We’ve changed to a world where America is not the dominant force, but an underdog. That opened up new visual opportunities. It opened up new gameplay opportunities. We’re shaking things up. Multiplayer is going to have new ideas. Dynamic maps are something we’re doing. Character customization is something we’re doing. The story mode is going to be…I don’t know if you’ve seen what we [showed at E3], but it’s gorgeous. It’s emotional. It’s got a different kind of tonality and feeling to it. It all comes down to us making a great game every time out, and I’m confident that we are going to deliver something special with Ghosts.”
Activision’s CEO also commented on the success of Call of Duty bringing Hollywood Talent to help Ghosts:
“Steven Gaghan is writing the script with us. I’m excited about it,” Hirshberg said. “We’re reaching a point of maturity as an industry where a lot of the top Hollywood talent are gamers. They grew up playing games, the same way we did. They have a natural interest in it just as consumers. The other thing is that people look at where the entertainment audience is migrating and where people are spending the majority of their time and money. It’s an exciting industry to be involved in from that standpoint as well.”
Finally, he talked about the industry:
“I still feel like we have a long way to go as an industry as far as developing the storytelling medium,” he continued. “It’s a gameplay medium first and foremost, and it should be. These are games. They’re interactive experiences. The creative process always starts with that – what would be a fun thing to do? But the level of immersion and the level of connection you can have with the characters, the level of interest we can generate in the storylines, I think can always be improved. I think Steve Gaghan, so far he’s knocking it out of the park for us.”
Sketchy, unverified reports claims MW2 multiplayer remastered might coming 2021 – Updated
A games insider has heard that Modern Warfare 2 multiplayer remastered will be the only multiplayer Call of Duty game released in 2021.
With all the recent hype surrounding CoD 2021, it seems fitting that we now have new rumors from a games insider that Modern Warfare 2 multiplayer remastered will be the only multiplayer CoD in 2021.
During this current time of the year, gamers and fans of the CoD series can generally expect news and rumors to surface around the franchise’s upcoming installment.
In recent years, Activision has had great success with Modern Warfare 2019, Warzone, and Black Ops Cold War, with more players playing CoD than ever.
Even Black Ops Cold War’s integration into Warzone was received very well by the community, making Warzone an even bigger success than it already was, standing as one of the most popular free-to-play battle royales in the industry.
However, rumors have surfaced revealing potential plans for MW2’s multiplayer to be remastered along with CoD 2021, much like Infinite Warfare and the original Modern Warfare’s dual release in 2016.
CoD 2021 MW2 multiplayer remastered
Games insider, Jeff Grubb, released a video over on his YouTube claiming some interesting information on a bunch of games. As well as mentioning Battlefield 6, claiming the reveal trailer will be releasing in June, Jeff Grubb also had some very intriguing information on CoD 2021.
Jeff Grubb says he has heard online rumors – with many being debunked already – that CoD 2021’s multiplayer might be MW2 Remastered.
Updated: He noted that he didn’t hear this info himself, just heard it online. Activision has already said Sledgehammer is developing the new MP, alongside campaign and Co-Op for 2021. MW2 MP remains a fan dream that isn’t confirmed anywhere.
This is not official and should be taken with a grain. We don’t believe it’s accurate.
We did see Activision release MW2’s campaign remastered back in March 2020.
- Read more: 8 things we want to see in Call of Duty 2021
For more on CoD 2021, stay tuned on Charlie INTEL and check out our recent article on Call of Duty 2021 possibly being revealed in a Warzone Season 4 live event.
Image Credits: Activision/Beenox
Activision cuts ties with voice actor of Ghost, Jeff Leach, after sexist comments resurface
Activision ends relations with the re-casted voice actor behind Ghost.
Activision has cut all ties with Jeff Leach, the voice actor behind Call of Duty: Modern Warfare’s Ghost Operator, after sexist comments made by Leach resurfaced on social media.
Jeff Leach was the voice actor behind the Ghost character in Modern Warfare 2019 and Warzone. The entire original Modern Warfare cast was re-casted for the 2019 reboot, and Leach voiced Ghost when the character was added as an operator in Season 2 in February 2020.
The news of Activision ending their working relationship with Leach comes as sexist comments made by Jeff Leach have resurfaced online after streamers and community members were questioning why Leach still had partners within the industry.
A Twitter thread posted shows sexist comments Leach made about streamer ZombiUnicorn in 2017, as well as other more recent comments during a stream on Facebook Gaming, and asked why he still has partnerships with Facebook Gaming and Activision.
Leach has been streaming on Facebook Gaming as an official partner in 2020 and has been frequently streaming Warzone.
One of the clips shows Leach, while playing Call of Duty: Warzone, saying, “I love how it’s always like some dirty, dirty, gross f**king looking emo b**ch who looks like she f**king has no chance of getting a bit of d**k in her.”
These clips are believed to be from a live stream that occurred in December 2020.
ZombiUnicorn since replied in their own video response on Twitter, asking why Facebook and Activision still have partnerships with Leach.
In a new statement sent to CharlieIntel on May 8th, Activision says they have ended all working relationships with Jeff Leach and “condemn” all of his remarks.
“Sexism has no place in our industry, our games or in society,” Activision says in a new statement. “Activision is no longer working with Jeff Leach. We strongly condemn these remarks. We are committed to delivering a fun and safe experience for all players.”
Facebook Gaming has not commented on Jeff Leach’s comments at this time.
What this means for the future of Ghost Operator in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Warzone remains to be seen and was not addressed in this statement.
Feature Image: Jeff Leach Twitter
Johanna Faries named new Call of Duty General Manager
Activision Blizzard announced that Johanna Faries had been named the new General Manager of the Call of Duty franchise.
Call of Duty is arguably the biggest franchise in the video game world and one of the top entities in all of entertainment. With great success this past year thanks to Black Ops Cold War and Warzone, Activision Blizzard has officially decided who will lead the franchise into the future.
This week, Activision announced that Johanna Faries has been named the new General Manager of the Call of Duty franchise. In her expanded role, she will have management oversight of every angle of the high-profile first-person shooter franchise going forward.
“Since joining Activision Blizzard, I’ve had the opportunity of a lifetime to set a new and dynamic vision for Call of Duty eSports alongside an incredibly talented team of colleagues, players, owners, and partners. In the process, I’ve been on the front lines of the Call of Duty franchise, working closely with our studio and marketing teams to deliver breakthrough experiences for players and fans the world over,” said Faries to GameInformer. “Call of Duty has made an immeasurable impact on the world of gaming and entertainment and is a bona fide cultural phenomenon. I can’t wait to help usher the franchise into its next chapter, and to continue to unlock the power that Call of Duty holds for the future of competitive entertainment.”
Faries is far from new when it comes to Call of Duty. She first joined Activision Blizzard in 2018 as the Head of Call of Duty Esports. Her goal when joining the company to create the franchised Call of Duty League, which lead to her becoming the Call of Duty League Commissioner and subsequently the Head of Leagues at Activision Blizzard, including the Overwatch League over the last 3 years.
The National Football League is where Johanna Faries called home before Activision Blizzard, where she spent 12 years as an executive.
With Call of Duty continuing its reign as a heavyweight in the video game world and Black Ops Cold War and Warzone kicking off Season 3 that saw the introduction of the new Verdansk ’84 map, there is no more exciting time to see where Johanna Faries will help take the franchise in the future.
Image Credits: Activision Blizzard
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