It seems like the long, drawn out, and seemingly inevitable acquisition of publisher Activision Blizzard by Xbox parent company Microsoft will finally be approved (probably tomorrow), putting the future of Call of Duty on PlayStation platforms in doubt. But we don't care, not really, because we (hopefully) will still have Call of Duty: The Boardgame, arguably the most innovative entry the franchise has seen in years.
All cheek aside, it really could be pretty great if you (like us) are a big fan of tabletop strategy gaming. A Kickstarter campaign for the project will be held later in 2023 (with a projected retail launch in 2024), and it will "feature miniatures of the iconic soldiers and weapons from the Call of Duty franchise, a variety of scenarios and gameplay modes, and more".
You might be asking yourself, "Why does Activision need to run a Kickstarter campaign for Call of Duty: The Boardgame? Don't they already make all of the money with their various endeavours?" We briefly pondered that one, too, but were quickly distracted by daydreams of a highly-modified Soap McTavish minifig. You can try to pry Call of Duty: The Boardgame from our cold, dead hands in the comments section below.
A Kickstarter! Are they having a laugh?
Just need to pick up the lag switch card and then you win every time!
Oh I am sure Jim Ryan will cry and argue about this.
I'm glad you guys are happy about it but it still needs to be called out how they can't just release it without Kickstarter.
Activision sure is greedy smh.
Well atleast this should be innovative.
Why doesn't Sony mend some bridges and put older games on Game Pass like GOW and Spiderman in exchange for COD deal.with Microsoft.
I'm sorry but Sony comes across as spoiled child with this deal.
Sony has 10 years to make an alternative game which is plenty of time with their current AAA developers.
Microsoft will have marketing rights but I think it will still be on PlayStation so just chill.
So many people seem to not understand the damage this deal does to both PlayStation and Xbox fans (or like the vast majority of us who don’t affiliate we are just gamers) all the “Sony is a spoilt child” is ridiculous. Xbox owning all these third party IP hurts the industry. Less games will be released. Fact. I’m surprised so many are blind to the fact. The greed that comes with a subscription model is clear to see. A lot of entitlement from GPU subscribers, I’m a GPU subscriber and I’d rather pay for exclusives and get better more solo focused efforts. Last couple of years has been painful and doesn’t look like it’s getting better soon.
Finally a good cod game
@Total_Weirdo Microsoft has had 3.5 years to release more than two AAA exclusives on the Series consoles yet here we are. If they can’t release games with basically unlimited financial resources what makes you think Sony can develop a cod competitor in ten years? Companies can’t just pull multi billion franchises out their arses
Better have a single player campaign or I'm out!!!
@Total_Weirdo how about Ms put halo and gear of war on ps it never going to happen there is a reason businesses have exclusives
Surely this won't have skill-based matchmaking, right? On a serious note, a Zombies mode would be neat in a boardgame format.
Nothing is being taken away from Sony gamers.
I agree with Total_Weirdo though that Sony have 10 years to make their own first person shooter if that were the case.
Although why aren't they doing that anyway?
They care so much about first person shooters that they've all but abandoned Killzone and Resistance. What gives Sony?
@Total_Weirdo Do Sony really need to make their OWN FPS game 'exclusively' for Playstation? Even if MS decided to make CoD exclusive, Sony still have VERY STRONG Exclusives to compete with MS.
Spider-Man, Wolverine, Last of Us, God of War, Horizon, Gran Turismo etc etc - all games that people will want to buy a Playstation to Play - therefore Sony has attracted gamers to their 'ecosystem' to play those games.
It's not as if Sony would be 'lacking' in any Online FPS games - Battlefield, Fortnite, Apex, XDefiant, Warframe, Destiny, PUBG etc. There are also a LOT of FPS games in development - I see a lot on Steam early access that Sony 'could' decide to invest in to bring them to their 'own' console, maybe buy the Studio too.
Maybe they do have their 'own' in development - one of the 'many' Live Service projects they are working on, maybe even LoU Factions could become the 'next' big Live MP game on Playstation.
All the 'focus' on CoD seems somewhat ridiculous. Its still just a 'Single' IP. If Sony can't sell it anymore, they still have a 'high' user base that will still buy games and maybe instead of buying CoD, they buy Far Cry or Hogwarts or Final Fantasy or Fifa or Battlefield or whatever other games come out. If Xbox gamers can't buy Final Fantasy to play, maybe they buy something else to play instead - in anycase, they still get 'revenue' coming in, just on 'other' games instead.
To 'compete' Sony has its own USP's - VR, Exclusives, Controller, UI etc. That is what gets people into their ecosystem, spending Time and Money on Games to Play in that ecosystem. If MS took CoD away, that would be a USP for MS - who doesn't have anywhere near the same number of USP's on Xbox.
I'd still NEED a Playstation if EVERY ABK, Zenimax and ALL the other Xbox owned IP's were 'exclusive' because I'd still want to play Sony's own Exclusives too. Spider-Man, Wolverine, LoU, GoW, R&C, GT7, Horizon etc etc - Award Winning IP's from Award Winning Studios will 'compete' for my attention, my money so Sony is still 'competitive'...
Approval of the ABK acquisition would be a disaster. Microsoft already bought a publisher and will keep doing it until they bought their way to dominance or they are stopped. This is the only way Microsoft operates.
I don’t care about CoD anyway, but why Kickstarter? After all that cash they’re getting from MS, surely they can themselves? So greedy!
Call of duty has been over for years so I could care less if it leaves playstation. Activisions greed has forsaken quality and content, they abandoned 6v6 the heart of the series for f2p modes it's longtime player base don't care about, and cranked up sbmm to the point where gameplay is actually rigged. Rubbish game and I doubt Microsoft will differ much from Activision.
With respect. If Microsoft couldn't make a CoD killer with 20 years on the market, exclusivity with two big names with Halo and Gears. Exclusivity and timed deals for shooters on the Xbox 360 and never ever made a dent in CoD in all that time.
What makes you think Sony can knock CoD off its pedestal in 10 years with no compelling shooters in their repertoire?
Microsoft telling them to make a competitor when MS couldn't do it in 20 years on the market is nonsense and they know it.
Why doesn't MS make a real CoD competitor rather than buy it? Because they can't and they know it.
When you consider how dominent COD and FIFA have been for literally decades, can we all just take a moment to soak in the magnitude of what's coming on the horizon? PlayStation without FIFA and without COD. Whatever your opinion and feeling, this is a significant moment.
Bring it on I say... change is overdue. Of course, easy for me to say. I don't have money riding on it!
But I'll say one thing... if Sony bring out a new FPS, I'll buy it and support it for 50-60 quid far sooner than I will lay down 500 on another console (whatever the console).
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