‘Overwatch’ Overtakes ‘Call Of Duty’ In Sales, Popularity; ‘CoD’ Is Dying, Inevitable? Players Want Diverse And Engaging Video Games? [VIDEO]By yasi bilangel, UniversityHerald Reporter
"Overwatch" despite being a new release has reached the 20 million mark of registered players now surpassing the more established "Call of Duty." The "CoD" has suffered a dramatic decline in sales, promoting gamers and critics to consider that "Call of Duty" is dying an inevitable fate for players now are looking for more diversity and depth.
The "Call of Duty" has been one of the most popular games ever produced. It has continued to enjoy high sales through the years since it was launched a decade ago.
More recently and even in the last couple of years, the "CoD" has been suffering a decline in sales particularly for its "Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare" sub-brand. Eurogamer reported that "Infinite Warfare" has only achieved 50 percent of the sales of its earlier sub-brand "Call of Duty: Black Ops 3," which was released last year.
"Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare" has peaked as number 1 in game sales in UK during the first few days of its debut, but the sales still fall below the target mark. Activision has not released any official figures as of yet, but insiders have reported that the company is rapidly losing its market as revealed by year-on-year decline in sales.
This may be attributed to the fact that "Infinite Warfare" was not made available for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Clearly, evidence suggests that "CoD" is not as strong and popular as it was before.
The entry of new games like "Overwatch" may party explain why "Call of Duty" is dying, a catch phrase that has gone viral as more people have become aware of the inevitable downfall of "CoD." "Overwatch" overtakes 'Call of Duty" not because gamers now prefer a cartoonish design of the game, but because "Overwatch" offers more colorful and memorable heroes.
Players also enjoy an objective-based gameplay as opposed to the first shooter short campaigns of "CoD," according to Digital Trends. In fact, the trend with new video games now is to veer away from "CoD" type of games, indicating that players are getting more sophisticated and needing more challenges that games like "Overwatch" gives.
"Overwatch" is becoming more popular because it offers depth and diversity as opposed to the simplistic plot twists of "Call of Duty." It is not surprising then that "Overwatch" overtakes "Call of Duty," getting as much as 20 million players in just five months after its release.