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Rumour: Is the PS4 About to Become the Primary Platform for Call of Duty?

Posted by Sammy Barker

Turning the tides

Ever since it became a household name, the Call of Duty franchise has been associated with the Xbox brand. In lieu of true third-party exclusives, co-marketing partnerships have become increasingly important for platform holders, with Microsoft traditionally taking the lead in this area. The past couple of years have seen Sony fight back, though, with 2014 dominated by Watch Dogs and Destiny – two multiformat titles that are already being advertised as PlayStation 4 properties. Could the Japanese giant add the most popular first-person franchise on the planet to its portfolio, though?

It’s all speculation and hearsay for now, so take the following with a gigantic pinch of salt – but it’s possible that something may be bubbling behind closed doors. Supposed industry insider Pete Dodd breached the topic on NeoGAF this week, writing that publishers are currently “re-calibrating” based on the success of the manufacturer's new system, and that publisher “Activision is going to make an announcement about Call of Duty changing to the PS4 as lead platform” soon. It’s unclear whether that will encompass timed exclusive DLC like on the Xbox One, so we'll have to wait and see.

Of course, this isn’t the most rock solid source in the world, but there’s a reason that we haven’t tossed it in the rumour trash. Speculation coming out of last month’s retailer centric Destination PlayStation event in Arizona also suggested that Activision was in attendance – not just to show Bungie’s upcoming title, but also the next entry in the Call of Duty franchise. The presence of the release – which is in development at Sledgehammer Games – suggests that there’s certainly a chance that the sequel may be aligned with the PS4 this time around, which would be a massive coup for the console.

Again, none of this is set in stone, but assuming that Sony has wrestled the Call of Duty franchise out of Microsoft’s grasp, it would go a long way towards cementing its flying format as the mainstream machine of choice. The franchise’s appeal may be diminishing right now, but it’s still one of the best selling entertainment brands on the planet. If the platform holder can get its logo at the end of the next title’s trailers and commercials, then it’s certainly not going to hurt the system, is it? The only downside is that we’d have to endure one of the franchise’s famous E3 demos during the PlayStation press conference. Zzz.


User Comments (24)



Punished_Boss_84 said:

Wait what?

Titanfall? This isn't a knee jerk reaction to it? For some reason i sense that the relationship MS established with the Titanfall developers/EA and the heated Conspiracies that EA was trying to poach COD members has reason in it.

Plus the commercial success of PS4 is a plus and i was creeped out by COD insert sub-title here appearance in that event.



-CraZed- said:

I don't normally buy my FPS games on console (though I did get BF4 on my PS4 this time) as I prefer a M+KB scheme on my PC but this would most definitely be a giant coup for Sony.
It will also cement PS4 as the lead platform this gen. And with the XB1 having issues with its APIs and MS's choice of eSRAM over a unified pool of memory (making it harder to work with in much the same vein as the PS3 last gen) PS4 stands to be the top dog for some time to come.



-CraZed- said:

@Big-Boss Interesting observation. I am willing to bet you are definitely on to something. I am sure though there is a bit more to it such as how well the PS4 is selling ATM and the fact it is reportedly easier to develop for.



Bad-MuthaAdebisi said:

With PS4 the superior system and Microsoft's love in with EA and Titanic Fail it only makes sense. Microsoft has other priorities like killing indie freedom.



PMasterTy9 said:

The thing I don't get is why can't multplatform titles be marketed as multiplatform titles? That's how it used to be.



Jaz007 said:

Makes sense, the PS4 is doing better, and someone who wants to buy a system for COD would probably be more tempted by the $400 price, than the Kinect/TV features of the Xbox One that come along with another $100 on the price tag.



Punished_Boss_84 said:

@PMasterTy9 Money-trucks? Behind-the-alley-deals? Moar Money?

Free money? Better promotion? Unknown Benefits? Known Benefits?

Are these standalone phrases doing anyway for you?



Kaim86 said:

@artemisthemp I doubt it for years nobody cared about Xbox getting timed DLC so I doubt this would have much of a impact. Only it going exclusive would be a hard blow.



Shaolin said:

I think that on the whole this could be a good thing for PS4 but I do have one concern. Many people feel that Call of Duty is losing its appeal and, dare I say it, going stale. So I think care needs to be taken to make sure that PS4 doesn't become viewed as the console which gets the Xbox One cast offs or the platform where videogame brands go to die. COD Ghost's sales figures were nothing to be sniffed at but they also showed decline. So whilst this could be good news in the short term I can't help but feel that it would be a proper coup if PS4 became the primary platform for Titanfall instead.



PMasterTy9 said:

@get2sammyb @Big-Boss I get all of that but if I was a developer I would want everyone to know every system my game is going to be on. I know deal are made and all of that fun stuff that's just my two cents. On another note just like a lot of people are saying I feel CoD is losing it's momentum. Maybe if they didn't have a new one every year and do some real innovation. I wouldn't be surprised to see mechs show up in the CoD franchise.

@AhabSpampurse Thanks man!



Kaim86 said:

@artemisthemp A lot of people don't either especially when its like a month difference. DLC isn't gonna really sell consoles. Games like TitanFall and Second Son move consoles.



thedevilsjester said:

@PMasterTy9 Because invariably there is a lead platform. Most often one platform takes the lead (the developers do the work there initially) and then that work is adapted to work on the other platforms they have it in development for. Even with a shared code base, the API and functionality of one platform tends to be radically different than that of another. As a software developer I always target Windows, Linux, and OSX with every program I design. However Linux is my lead platform so features are designed there first and then tested and adapted to work on Windows and OS X.

Knowing which platform is the lead platform will tell you the where the developers put the most effort. This is why the distinction is necessary.



Bad-MuthaAdebisi said:

@Jazzer94 I use the term Titanic Fail in relation to the pathetic and greedy mistake made by EA in tripping over their own imperious ego's to snatch the cash they could smell thrown at their door by MS and agreeing to make it a 'semi-exclusive' because they assumed Xboxone would crush PS4 In the US and UK at the very least. Therefore 'Titanic Fail'. The game itself looks a lot of fun but I can wait for Titan Fall 2 in a couple of years and play it on the superior PS4. EA won't make the same mistake twice.



banacheck said:

The PS4 being lead platform obviously makes sense, but this doesn't mean COD will take centre stage on the PS4. The only reason the Xbox360 became lead platform, was obviously it was a lot easier to code for much like the PS4 now. Also COD is not seen as it was once but, if Activision gives the dev's more freedom to change things up add new game modes etc and make it feel fresh that could help. Also COD has a big advantage over Titanfall it has a lot more content wise, seeing how people reacted over Ground Zeroes. These same people will not be happy content wise with Titanfall especially with it being a full price game, the only thing that saves Titanfall is that its a online game.



SethPuddle said:

I called it! I was just saying this to a friend. call of duty would focus on ps4 due to titanfall. I think that's what's going on.



Dub-Focus said:

YESSSSS!! i will never play a COD again as i have grown up and switched to BF4 (i mean call in an Air strike or be the Air strike . . . .whats better . . . . .)

but last gen i ONLY played COD on PS3 and i HATED THE XBOX getting maps a Month early! so YESSSSSSSSS i hope this is true just to wind a friend up at work

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