NPD says COD train is loosing biscuit wheels

The NPD Group has released some surprising figures when it comes to the Call of Duty Franchise.  We all knew that someday everyone would get sick of the same game being re-hashed over and over again.  It appears that November 2012 was the tip of the COD peak and, it may be a downhill ride from here on out.

Call of Duty Black Ops 2 was still by all means the largest product release in history.  But, just like so many one night stands it’s failing to go the distance.  Overall there has been a 20% drop in sales with Blops 2 says Michael Pachter of The NPD Group.

The other surprising factoid here is that Black Ops 2 was more critically acclaimed than the other recent inclusions in the COD franchise.  That would indicate we have some serious overall franchise fatigue.  There’s definitely a love/hate relationship with Gamers nowadays when it comes to COD and news such as this seems to make it more evident.

What are your hopes for the series?  I personally would like to see the yearly releases take a rest and have Treyarch and Infinity Ward head back to the drawing board to conceptualize something original and industry changing like they did with the first installment of the Modern Warfare series.

 

Dylan Zellmer

I split time between games journalism and making video games. My love of it’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, A Song of Ice and Fire (Game of Thrones), fitness and my family define me otherwise.