It is getting to be that time of the year where new games are on the horizon and the hype is set to begin. With E3 around the corner, this is prime time for video game developers to start putting final touches on their products and to get prepared for the media blitz. The Call of Duty series is no exception in this case, and after last year’s Call of Duty: Ghosts, fans should expect something different this time around. With a disappointing MetaCritic score of 73 compared to the previous year’s score of 83 for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, the ball is in the court of Sledgehammer Games.
After word broke earlier this week of the time period of the latest installment to the Call of Duty series, it should come as no surprise that Activision and Sledgehammer Games are just about ready to make a formal announcement. The viral marketing has already began, and the website is labeled as Call of Duty: New Era. Not much can be made based on the website itself, the image on the front page is distorted beyond recognition, and there is a countdown clock located at the top of the page. In just under three day’s time, we will learn everything we need to know about this game. The fact that the website has ‘New Era’ in the title could go one way or the other. The track record of the Call of Duty series has not been a strong one. Eventually fans became exhausted with a repackaged game each year simply for the benefit of raking in millions of dollars without providing fans with anything new.
My call is to be patient and approach it optimistically. The reality is that there aren’t many new first person shooters on the immediate horizon that have the prestige of the Call of Duty series. Sledgehammer Games has only worked on small aspects of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, and it will be interesting to see what a relatively new developer has to offer to the series. The ‘New Era’ tagline has become a cliche in the world of video games, but let’s wait and see what will come of this over the weekend. With that I will leave you with a screenshot of the new Call of Duty game courtesy of Game Informer.
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