It looks like things are turning around for the Call of Duty franchise this year as Activision Blizzard boss Bobby Kotick has expressed confidence in the reception of the latest installment in the long-running first-person shooter franchise, Call of Duty: WWII, during its latest quarterly investor conference call.
During the call, Kotick noted that “negative social media sentiment, which was an issue last year, has virtually evaporated.” Activision CEO Erig Hirshberg then added that the reveal video for Call of Duty: WWII is the most liked trailer in the franchise’s history. Something we noticed and reported here. In contrast, last year’s Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare trailer was the most the disliked game reveal trailer ever on YouTube.
Even the global livestream for COD: WWII was received positively, according to Activision Blizzard COO Thomas Tippl.
Activision revealed the game at a global live stream from London last week, which became the most watched live stream in Call of Duty history, and the reveal trailer has gone on to become the most liked trailer in Call of Duty history. It became the fastest video to reach 10 million views in Call of Duty history, which it did in one day. Additionally, though it’s still very early, pre-orders are off to a very strong start.
Kotick then went on to say that the livestream was positively received with a 95% like to dislike ratio and the sentiment on social media was barely negative at only about 0.2% during the reveal.
I think we have the right game at the right time. We’re also going to be bringing some real innovations to the game which are obviously designed to keep it fresh and make it even more appealing for more different types of players, and those are going to be on display when we bring hands on multiplayer to E3 next month, and that’s only the second time in our history that we’ve done that. And for context, the other time was Black Ops III. So obviously we have a lot of confidence in what we’re going to be showing.
Call of Duty: WWII is set for release on the PlayStation 4 on November 3, 2017.