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Black Ops 2 futuristic setting might not appeal to everyone

by William Schwartz on August 3, 2012


Analysts are lining up to be the first ones to call the top on the Call of Duty bubble that gaming has seen over recent years. Activision has profited immensely from a growth in the number of world wide Call of Duty fans, and has consistently outperformed themselves year-in and year-out with the franchise.

Though concerns are starting to be raised by analysts that in 2012 Call of Duty’s better years may be behind it. A soft year for hardware and software sales across the entire industry may be able to drag even the mighty Call of Duty franchise from its lofty heights set with Modern Warfare 2, Black Ops, and Modern Warfare 3.

Ben Schachter of Macquarie Securities recently told Industry Gamers that there are a number of reasons why the Call of Duty franchise may have a hard time continuing to grow. Aside from business reasons, like industry wide slow downs, the macro economic environment and currency fluctuations, Schachter believes that gamers may just be getting tired of the genre.

This is something that is visible from the drastic change in setting for Black Ops 2. The futuristic setting is a far cry from the World War II era shooters of the franchise’s past, and looks to be quite different than its closer cousin in the Modern Warfare era. It’s uncharted territory for the Call of Duty franchise, and with so much riding on this design decision, Schachter thinks that this setting “might not have the same appeal for some”.

Though it does have the benefit of a direct story tie-in with the original Black Ops. So those that played and enjoyed the original for its excellent single player campaign, will definitely know what they’re getting into with the return of popular characters from that game. It’s probably too early to tell if Black Ops 2’s major downfall will be its futuristic setting, or whether it will be a downfall at all, but at least one analyst is betting that this new futuristic take on the Call of Duty world won’t resonate with consumers like it has in the past.

What do you think about Call of Duty: Black Ops 2’s futuristic setting? Let us know in the comments below.

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  • IHATEHIPSTERS

    at least they are trying something new. This makes me 10% interested in COD instead of 0%

  • The Future of Sega

    The old WW2 scenario was crap. I like the new modern style as this is the way it should be for ALL COD games.

  • lonerThwClown

    Personally I like this I just hope they do not go all out with the future stuff, I hope there are no lasers or like the golden eye weopon or something like that

  • The Future of Sega

    7 people need to get a life and get over their old WW2 fetishes. All COD games should be futuristic from here on out. Owned!!!!!!

  • Universal

    Fuq dem, we needed a change

  • efast

    So we have some analysts saying we need new and innovative games yet all they do is dog them when they are…..good job on contradicting yourselves you fucktards

  • conor

    I think it sounds pretty cool. I just hope they can find a way to bring back the crossbow. That was my favorite weapon in black ops 1.

  • Mendicant Bias

    Even with the change of setting it still looks really bland

  • The Future of Sega

    Black Ops 2 is superior to all WW2 old crappy COD games in every way. Example:

    Black Ops 2>>>>>>Black Ops, World At War, COD 3

    Gold>>>>>>>>>>>>Dog Crap, A Geek’s Boogers, The Most Disgusting Sewer with Anal Fecal Matter.

    OWNED!!!!! LOL!

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