Call of Duty's decline in recent years hasn't been more obvious than in 2017 with the release of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare. Infinite Warfare has already been deemed as one of the worst Call of Duty titles of all time and it seems that even with the addition of Call of DutY: Modern Warfare Remastered, the play numbers are still terrible.
Steam and Twitch analytic website Githyp, has posted data showing the huge comparision between the launch play numbers between Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 and Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare on steam. The results are clear, Infinite Warfare did terrible.
As shown, Infinite Warfare took a massive decrease in its play numbers during the launch weekend compared to Call of Duty's previous title, Black Ops 3, by up to 76%. The data comes directly from steam and although it's no secret that Call of Duty doesn't sell well on PC, a 76% decrease in play numbers will be a huge upset to Activision and Infinity Ward.
In addition to the poor steam play numbers, reports also suggest up to a 50% decrease in physical sales for Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare. Part of the blame could be because of digital sales increasing year over year, however in 2016, digital sales only increased by 12.1%, according to Ukie. This still leaves Call of Duty at a 37.9% decrease in overall sales compared to the previous year.
They're many reasons as to why Call of Duty's sales fell so drastically and according to Activision, one of those main reasons is because the game did not launch on previous generation consoles. But despite this, it doesn't change the PC play numbers and therefore the 76% decrease indicates a far bigger cause. One of the reasons is bacause this years Call of Duty, Infinite Warfare, is another futuristic title that came to the franchise and unfortunately for Activision, this is something the fans didn't want to see. In addition to this, the combination of a title that nobody wanted to see and the release of Call of Duty's biggest competition, Battlefield, it was a recipie for disaster.
DICE and EA nailed the perfect game that Call of Duty fans were hoping for, a gritty World War 1 shooter. Battlefield 1 instantely became a huge success and even some of Call of Duty's most dedicated fans took the switch to move over to Battlefield.
It's clear that this year has been a rough ride for Call of Duty, but there is hope that their next installment by Sledgehammer Games will be able to revive the franchise.
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare recently recieved a massive patch update, for the full patch notes click here.