Farmers set their clocks to match Call of Duty’s calendar, or so I imagine. They spread their fertiliser once the reveal trailer goes up in May. Then, once the inevitable pre-release controversy sets in a couple of months later, they know it’s time to begin the harvest. Finally, as the midnight launches take over shops, they’ll sow the seeds for the next crop. Climate change may be wreaking havoc on the seasons, but Call of Duty at least remains predictable year to year. While Activision Blizzard’s recent output has been defined by live service shooters like Overwatch and Destiny, the publisher is steadfast in its annual plan for COD. “We do still see new launches as a critical part of our future,” says Robert Kostich, the president Activision presumably swore in after realising he was getting all of Bobby Kotick’s mail anyway. “These new releases have been and continue to be huge engagement drivers for our community because they bring a … [Read more...] about Why the annualisation of Call of Duty is a good thing
The hype train for Infinity Ward’s upcoming Call of Duty: Modern Warfare keeps on getting momentum. As Call of Duty: Modern Warfare’s release date draws closer, the game developers are revealing more information about the game. One of the most asked questions about Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is that will it release on Steam for PC, and if not, which distribution platform will the PC version release on? Here’s the answer. In the recent 129 Rapid Fire Questions About Call of Duty: Modern Warfare video hosted by Game Informer, we learned a mountain of information about the game. Infinity Ward’s studio art director for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, Joel Emslie, revealed a ton of critical information about the game. But perhaps one of the more interesting parts of the video was related to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare’s distribution platform for the PC version. When Joel Emsile was asked “If this game [Call of Duty: Modern Warfare] be on … [Read more...] about Is Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Going to Release on Steam?
The smartwatch your character wears in the new Call of Duty: Modern Warfare can probably tell you which way is north, but it has no moral compass. Get a string of kills and the little Tamagotchi-like character on its screen will chirp with glee, feeding on the death you’ve wrought. And if you do really well, you’ll be rewarded with a killstreak weapon: white phosphorus. It’s not new for Call of Duty to pull its military spectacle from the headlines, but the celebratory context of this inclusion has rubbed many up the wrong way. White phosphorus is a deeply controversial material – sometimes weapon, sometimes not, it’s been making headlines for 150 years. Boiled piss. Nothing good starts that way, and it’s what Hamburg alchemist Henig Brandt began with 300 years ago, burning the residue until it became highly toxic. It wasn’t long before white phosphorus became a popular poison for killers of the period. Unfortunately for them, it glowed in the … [Read more...] about Why white phosphorus is causing controversy for Call of Duty