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Call of Duty: Ghosts still popular with fans, says Activision

by William Schwartz

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Call of Duty: Ghosts saw a tepid critical response when the game launched in early-November.  One of the lowest rated Call of Duty games in recent memory, critics might be growing tired of the annual franchise.  Though Activision begs to differ with the critical reception, claiming that fans are still hungry for an annual release of the shooter.

We’re confident we’re doing well by the fans

“I know that Call of Duty’s a polarizing franchise with some of the critics, and it’s clear to me that not all the critics like our strategy of making a game every year, but thankfully our fans do,” said Activision executive Eric Hirshberg in an interview with Game Informer.

“It’s also clear to me that the critical response doesn’t always mirror the fans’ appreciation of a game. We actually do read the critics’ comments and take them into consideration during our creative process, but we just can’t measure ourselves by that yardstick alone.”

“Our most important audience is our fans, so we try to stay laser-focused on making games that they love. If you look at the fact that Ghosts is the most pre-ordered game of the year, it’s the most pre-ordered next-gen game of the year, it’s already the number one most played on Xbox Live, and that we’re seeing longer average playtimes than ever before, we’re confident that we’re doing well by the criteria that matter most.”

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