Industry insider – FamousMortimer (the guy who first leaked intel on call of duty resolution differences between consoles) has dropped another bombshell regarding the franchise. On 18/03/2014, he stated that “The PS4 is above and beyond all projections and publishers are re-calibrating to this. I heard that Activision is going to make a public announcement about COD changing to the PS4 as lead platform.”
The source would have been discredited had it not been for his previous, correct leak on the franchise.
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Now you may be wondering what this actually means; well it means that Playstation will receive content before Xbox and at the end of the Call Of Duty adverts on TV you will see Playstation (not Xbox) in the UK at least. So if you bought an Xbox One for Call Of Duty DLC primarily, you may be shit out of luck.
There are a few reasons this actually makes sense. One of which being Microsoft really promoting the release of Titanfall, which was named as Call Of Duty’s biggest competitor and seemingly getting very cozy with EA. Although in all fairness I don’t think they’re comparable as they both feel and play completely different. Also, Microsoft and Activision’s Contract is up, the contract which named Microsoft as lead console and scored priority DLC, actually expired end of 2012 (Link Here).
Not to mention that Activision have been getting friendly with Sony on the production of Destiny- the latest title from Bungie (which is also being marketed with the Playstation stamp).
Word on the street is that the Call Of Duty 2014 title being worked on by Sledgehammer was also previewed at the Destination Playstation Event earlier this year- usually the game previews are revealed at Microsoft events.
Now, the issue with Last Gen platforms was that they weren’t built around PC architecture like the Xbox One or Playstation 4, this is why each Call Of Duty played better on Xbox 360 than on the PS3; because they were natively built for Xbox360. With this Generation I don’t think we will have this issue as each console is built around PC architecture, meaning that the games can be developed (and ported) on a more level playing field.
All in all, I believe we know that Activision are just money grabbers, like almost any publisher. With the PS4 making more sales than the Xbox One we all know this move is a viable one. But what does that mean for the consumer? Well, honestly I don’t think it means an awful lot. The only change will be DLC content swapping priority. Although as it stands this is a rumour, I think soon enough it may come to fruition. I suppose we will have to see what happens at E3 2014, this will surely shake things up.
What are your thoughts? Let me know in the comments section or hit me up on Twitter @Markjay11. Feedback is always appreciated.
** I contacted activision to see if they could comment on the above, at the time of writing I have yet to hear anything.**