Published on May 5th, 2016 | by Kingy
Why Does Call of Duty keep going?
Call of Duty was a series created by Jason West and Vince Zampella, originally they were on the creative team that made the Medal of Honor games. However; West and Zampella wanted to do something different, they didn’t want to continue rehashing World War II set pieces over and over again.
I mean you can only storm Omaha Beach so many times; the solution was to explore other sides of the war. Such as the Russian forces, the British Troops and even the French. It was this exploratory nature that led West and Zampella to form Infinity Ward, and eventually release Call of Duty.
Now let’s fast forward back to today, the number one complaint that is made about the Call of Duty franchise, is that it’s sequels are just rehashes of the same game. This is in most cases true, but their is legitimate reasons for that. To give the short version, Call of Duty is the same as FIFA.
Now, what exactly do I mean by that statement ? Well let me explain further.
Call of Duty is one of the highest-selling first-person shooters in the history of video games. Why is that ? Simply put, it’s created the perfect FPS, at least for the moment. It’s controls and design are flawless, so much so that there is little to no innovation’s made on the formula because it isn’t necessary. Don’t try to fix what isn’t broken, I believe is how the saying goes.
To link back to the FIFA example, FIFA has been around for over two decades and not a lot has changed in how it plays. It’s seems a contradiction that FIFA gets a free pass, while COD gets a bad wrap. I think it’s because no one realized when COD made the transition from another shooter, to the “shooter”.
I placed COD in this lofty position in the mind of the consumer, and by consumer I include everybody who is not a gamer, people that solely play COD and nothing else.
Which is why people should no longer be surprised when a new Call of Duty is announced, every, single, year. It should no longer shock you or anger you.
Call of Duty is the same as FIFA, it sells like hotcakes because people like the formula that Infinity Ward originally crafted. And it is with that initial vision that has spawned the juggernaut that is the Call of Duty franchise of today.