Negative sentiment to Call of Duty has “virtually evaporated” with WWII

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Call of Duty will always have its haters. Whenever a new Call of Duty is announced, people seem to crawl out of the woodwork to bemoan the annual shooter franchise. That negative sentiment went into overdrive with last year’s Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare. Its reveal trailer went on to become the second most disliked video in YouTube’s history, amassing 3,533,426 dislikes, and just 574,052 likes – mirroring my K/D ratio.

That’s unfortunate because it ended up actually being a good game, with the series freshest single player campaign in years. Still, that negative sentiment stuck, and Infinite Warfare ended up as the worst performing Call of Duty game at retail in years.

With the reveal of Call of Duty: WWI, much of that sentiment negative sentiment seems to be dissolving. It seems that Activision’s decision to take the series “back to its roots” has been a good one. People are more upbeat about this year’s Call of Duty.

“When Activision greenlit this game more than 2.5 years ago, the team knew it was time to return the franchise to its roots,” Activision Blizzard COO Thomas Tippl told investors (via GI.Biz)

“Activision revealed the game at a global live stream from London last week, which became the most watched live stream in Call of Duty history, and the reveal trailer has gone on to become the most liked trailer in Call of Duty history. It became the fastest video to reach 10 million views in Call of Duty history, which it did in one day. Additionally, though it’s still very early, pre-orders are off to a very strong start.”

The reveal trailer was very well received.

“The reveal trailer has become the most liked video in Call of Duty history, and also now has the most organic views of any Call of Duty reveal trailer we’ve ever made. We also set a new high watermark with the views of the live stream. That’s both for Call of Duty and for Activision overall.

And the livestream also was extremely positively received, with a 95% like to dislike ratio. And then probably equally important as the positive indicators is that the negative social media sentiment, which was an issue last year, has virtually evaporated at about 0.2% at reveal.”

The single player looks to be an engaging experience, devoid of the sort of magical healing the series has had for years Instead, you’ll need to rely on your squad to replenish both health and ammunition.

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What’ll sell the game though is its multiplayer – which we’ll get to see next month at E3.

Last Updated: May 8, 2017

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

  • Hammersteyn

    Yout K/D is 0.16? Still seems a little high…

    • You’re probably not wrong. 😀

      • Hammersteyn


  • Viper_ZA

    “What’ll sell the game though is its multiplayer…” Their matchmaking system leaves much to be desired, will stick with BF1 for the time being…

    • Indeed. We can have fun with other SA peeps on there.

      • Viper_ZA

        Been enjoying PUBG as well xD. Won’t touch this overpriced franchise with a pole, even though it does not look half that bad. Can’t justify spending R800 for a 5-7hr campaign unfortunately.

        • Over the 100 hour mark now in PUBG. It really is the indie game of the year so far.

          • Viper_ZA

            Very nice :O I’m only sitting on 24hr mark but yes, most promising 😀

    • HairyEwok

      Need that dedicated servers.

      • Viper_ZA

        Yep, they don’t seem to be to keen with that idea though…

        • HairyEwok

          Yeah unfortunately, they made a good decision with WW2 as the campaign, now they just need those DS for multiplayer.

          Unfortunately though, I would much rather pick up Destiny 2 over this CoD just because of the [email protected] they released over the years. Trust must first be earned again from many MANY gamers.

          • Viper_ZA

            Curious to see what Destiny 2 will be like on PC.

          • MonsterCheddar

            I will just get Destiny 2 rather because its the game that keeps giving. Game longevity is important.

      • I still play COD BLOPS 2. Why?. Dedicated SA servers, thats why xD

  • HairyEwok

    We don’t hate CoD, we hate what the developers were doing to the game.

    • Deceased

      Even though you make the best point possible – I still hate the game 😐

    • BakedBagel

      Yeah but virtually ALL negative sentiment is gone. poof. out of the sphere because new game.

      Fucking lol.

  • MonsterCheddar
  • Jim of the Banana

    And now we’re going to get 10 years worth of World War 2 again…

    • you’re probably not wrong…

    • HairyEwok

      We start off with WW2 basic, then WW2 with some experimental weapons. Then they go and F$%# it all up by giving the Nazi jetpacks to jump around and laser weapons to shoot with and before you know it were hearing their ripping off Wolfenstein.

      • Jim of the Banana

        Oh.. no… I think you might be right on the money.

  • Skyblue

    Every time I hear CoD I remember this

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