Call of Duty is one of the world's most popular and now hated gaming titles to date, with countless people mocking and judging each and every annual release. It's possible that both Activision and Infinity Ward expected such a negative retaliation following the release of the controversial title, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, because the "new era" of Call of Duty, never went as planned. With the multi-billion dollar franchise at, what seems to be, an all time low in terms of player population and activity, we've put together a small list of 5 things that could have a massive positive impact on the FPS genre’s most popular series.
1. Free DLC available to everyone at once
One of Call of Duty’s major selling points each and every single year is their season passes, that adds DLC content to the current title throughout the year. The Season Pass and special editions of the game are promoted constantly throughout the year, however, we believe the franchise could turn around the negativity surrounding the franchise with free DLC.
Maps, weapons, and other bonus content being gifted to each player could definitely flip some opinion’s on the game’s overall appearance, because who doesn't like free content? Free DLC has been something several developers and publishers have been adapting too the last few years, and it seems like the new strategy is definiately working. With titles such as Titanfall 2 and For Honor offering all DLC map content for free, it gives players the opportunity to spend their money elsewhere, such as on microtransactions.
2. Remove Console DLC Exclusivity
Our second change ties in with the first in terms of DLC, but Activision should consider removing the console exclusivity all together. As you should be aware, in recent years, Activision has partnered with Sony to allow DLC to be released on the Playstation 30 days before the Xbox and PC. This ultimately leaves a massive cap and divides the community, because not everyone owns a PlayStation 4. Console exclusivity has also been a problem in Call of Duty, and although we're not experts on multi-million dollar contracts, we think it's safe to say that Activision could benefit better by giving everyone the DLC at the same time.
3. Reverting to Simplicity, Rather Than Complex Innovations
There’s no denying that Call of Duty needs to have changes to their titles throughout the years in order to create a fresh feeling, but, maybe resorting to simplicity may be the best answer.
You can hop onto a new Call of Duty title now and spend hours customizing your character, weapons, classes, calling cards, and emblems, which to many new players will be overwhelming. In short, this creates confusion to new players and ultimately means that they're less likely to return to the game and the franchise altogether.
A primary weapon, a secondary weapon, 3 perks, a grenade, and 3 killstreaks is all that's needed to create a great Call of Duty title. You could turn on your console, insert a Call of Duty game for the first time, and start playing within 5 minutes, now it’s more like 50 minutes after the create-a-class features are explained and character customization is outlined. Older CoD titles were simple, they were easy, and people loved them. Maybe taking a break from the new ideas, and instead, building onto the ideas we know people love wouldn’t be such a bad thing.
4. Addition of a Community Market
Call of Duty’s biggest controversy over the previous three years has undoubtedly been Supply Drops. Originating in Advanced Warfare, supply drops started a trend that spiraled far more out of control than anyone expected. Now with hundreds upon hundreds of unlockable items available in supply drops, the community is pleading for a way to buy, sell, and trade camos, guns, accessories, and more via an in-game marketplace with its own currency.
Possibly something similar to Forza's auction house could be a great idea. Essientially, a Call of Duty market would be a community marketplace where players would be able to post their unwanted items obtained from supply drops, in exchange for an in-game currency (cryptokeys, salvage, etc). The new market place would not only stop people from getting annoyed at recieving duplicate items, but it would also add a new feature to the game that would add some great depth, but of course, without making it complicated.
5. Focus on Community Wishes
There’s no doubt that the Call of Duty developers and Activision have heard the cries of the community regarding problems with their titles. For years the community has complained over things such as advanced movement and supply drops, only to be left in the dark with no real answers.
We understand that Acitivision is ultimately a business and they need to make money, but releasing 600 new supply drop items, and not finally adding standard game features such as leaderboards is a joke. The Call of Duty community can be very childish at times, but the situation isn't being solved with the developers and Activision ignoring the requests of the community. This eventually will mean that fans will turn away from the franchise to enjoy games where constant support is given.
That's been out Top 5 list on what we believe needs to be changed to the Call of Duty franchise. What do you think? Let us know down in the comments below!