Destiny Roundtable: Will It Be Bigger Than Call Of Duty?

By Pete Haas 2014-07-26 14:01:28 discussion comments
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2) Could Destiny become bigger than Call of Duty?
Pete: Destiny's going to sell really well thanks to the positive previews, large public beta and endless parade of advertising. I don't know that it's going to ever be "bigger" than Call of Duty, though, simply because Activision's committed to releasing COD sequels on an annual basis. I'm sure that Destiny's post-launch DLC and microtransactions will make a fair amount of money but it may not be as lucrative as selling a slightly improved COD each November. Plus, whatever business lessons that Activision learns from Destiny (e.g. "Gamers really love paying for XP boosts!") will probably be used in making Call of Duty more of a cash-cow.

Will: It seems like Destiny already has more hype than this year's Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. Heck, you can't go a day without hearing about Destiny in some form, fashion or another within the gaming news ring. What's more is that there's a lot of strong, positive feedback from gamers participating in the alpha and beta, opposite of games like Battlefield: Hardline, meaning that Destiny is likely to sell well within its targeted demographic. I don't think this year's outing of the game will reach CoD status, but I wouldn't doubt it if Destiny's sequel rivals or surpasses Call of Duty's sales.

Ryan:Yes, there's definitely potential for a passing of the torch. For starters, I think a lot of gamers are growing weary of Call of Duty and are eager to see something new come to the shooting genre. Destiny comes from a tried and true developer, it should already claim the Halo crowd, no questions asked, and the inclusion of meaty cooperative and competitive components means that it should have plenty of legs for folks who could care less about the campaign. There's the added bonus that Bungie has stated that they plan to support this game for a decade. There's no telling how that will actually play out, but when you're used to buying a brand new game for a series every single year, plus countless map packs over the following 12 months, the idea of a single purchase and future upgrades that further flesh out the shooter I've already purchased, for years to come, sure sounds enticing to me.

Katy: That dependsÖ like I said previously, Destiny will probably attract a broad spectrum of players. Conversely, Call of Duty attracts people who play games incessantly and those who barely play games outside of that title; it attracts hard-core gamers and even people who donít really play them. Destiny is also obviously different than Call of Duty. It can be a bit more time consuming in terms of its RPG elements. Itís not really something you can sit down and play a quick match of and walk away, unless you just play the Crucible. But the industry audience is constantly in flux, and over the 10 year period of its reign, who knows what could happen. I think Call of Duty has had its time in the sun.
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