I don’t think that DICE has expected to get such a warm welcome after the Battlefield 1 reveal. We can clearly see that the FPS community, especially Battlefield loyal fans, have been showing their satisfaction by putting their upvote in the Battlefield 1 trailer on YouTube.
The numbers speak for themselves. As of the time of writing, Battlefield 1 Official Reveal trailer has been watched over 19 million times with 984K likes and only 18K dislikes. This was heavily compared to the Official Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare reveal trailer that as of the time of writing, has been viewed close to 14 million times, but with 1.2 million dislikes and only 255K likes.
That certainly shows the dissatisfaction of Call of Duty fans with Activision’s new title. They certainly didn’t read the map correctly, whether DICE did it perfectly.
I’m sure that among the upvotes for the BF1 video there are also many COD players who also want to find another way to punish Activision. Of course the main question still remains: Will people vote with their wallets as well. I assume that many COD players just wouldn’t be able to resist the new title, and even though many of them downvotes the trailer, they will still but the game when it gets out, just not to be left out of the game- and who knows, maybe it turns out to be a very good one.
The trailer has received many familiar slogans and hashtags, including #RIPCOD (popular Twitter hashtag, Battlefield Won (pronounced like ‘One’), “Call of Duty Infinite Dislikes”, Battlefield: 1, COD: 0, etc.
I’m sure that many gamers enjoy all that, especially Battlefield fans that waited for this moment like forever, to show COD players that they are being played and their favorite game is a much better alternative.
I can’t recall such a big online battle between the two camps, although this time it wasn’t a regular fight, because this fight was answered by a complete silence from COD fans. Their way to express their frustration is just to downvote the COD trailer and release their anger on COD official Facebook pages. This was intercepted by Battlefield fans and was laughed about on some Reddit discussions.
I’m sure that when Call of Duty players saw that trailer they were completely devastated. This is exactly the game that they have been asking for a long time now. So instead of getting this game, they get it on the other side, where they probably didn’t expect it to be. FPS fans just don’t want futuristic shooters anymore, and I think that Activision understand it by now.
The problem is that the two titles are planned to be released very close to each other: Battlefield 1 on October 21st, and Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare on November 4th 2016. This can be a really serious issue for Activision, and maybe the first time that many COD players will protest by actually buying Battlefield 1 instead of Infinite Warfare – this can be a disaster to Activision, but a great opportunity and an excellent turning point for EA to attract COD fans to join their camp. I have no doubt in my mind that many COD players will make the switch this time.
Activision has responded to the Mass-dislike campaign, but I think that response has jut got the fans even more frustrated. This because it doesn’t matter what Activision has to say, they want a new fresh game based on WWII. Yes, Activision added the Modern Warfare Remastered, which is a very popular game, but you can’t buy it as a standalone product. You will have to purchase Infinite Warfare in order to play it. This might cause many COD players that waited for that release for a long time, to actually buy Infinite Warfare just to be able to play Modern Warfare Remastered. I have to admit that I got very upset just hearing about it, even though I am not a Call of Duty big fan (I did play a few old titles in the past, including the latest Black Ops 3). If it was me, I wouldn’t pay a single cent, because they only way to show these big companies that we don’t like something, it to vote with our wallets, not with dislikes. Because I think that already know that no matter how many dislikes there’ll be, Infinite Warfare going to be a big hit anyway. This because if they don’t buy COD, they feel they have no other shooter to play, and they’ll buy it anyway, especially considering the fact that most of their friends will probably buy it, so they don’t want to stay out of that social circle.
I have to admit that I got very upset just hearing about it, even though I am not a Call of Duty big fan (I did play a few old titles in the past, including the latest Black Ops 3). If it was me, I wouldn’t pay a single cent, because they only way to show these big companies that we don’t like something, it to vote with our wallets, not with dislikes. Because I think that already know that no matter how many dislikes there’ll be, Infinite Warfare going to be a big hit anyway. This because if they don’t buy COD, they feel they have no other shooter to play, and they’ll buy it anyway, especially considering the fact that most of their friends will probably buy it, so they don’t want to stay out of that social circle.
The fact is that there is another alternative, a great one so it seems, and it is Battlefield 1. I know, I know, we haven’t seen any gameplay videos. DIC and EA are still being judged by the community and they better now fail, not after such a successful announcement. People have amazing expectations and really love the fact that DICE has chosen to go to the past, rather than try to follow the trend of futuristic first-person shooter games. So as Infinity Ward, the developer of ‘Infinite Warfare’ has taken the series further into the future, DICE, the developer of Battlefield, has taken its series back to the past – quite hilarious when you come to think about it. As we can see, DICE nailed it and delivered exactly what its loyal fans have been asking for.
There are many people are still doubting EA after their experiencing many issues with BF4 at launch, and after the negatively criticized Battlefield Hardline and Star Wars Battlefront. I bought Hardline because I enjoyed playing the beta, and I did enjoy it for a few week after, but I become bored of it quite quickly. I also didn’t like the character movement and shooting mechanics, something felt way off compared to what I used to in Battlefield games. I skipped Star Wards Battlefront, because I played the beta and it was boring as hell. My favorite game of all of the Battlefield games is actually Battlefield 3, which I’ve spent over 1500 hours playing it – among the best gaming times of my life, really.
I just hope that DICE has improved the user interface, included lots of weapons, stayed with the great character mechanics of BF3 and even improved upon it, make it easy to join servers, stop hackers, include many different game modes (hopefully many new ones than what we’ve already played in previous games), etc. I also hope that they have developed some addictive maps like Metro was in BF3. Oh boy I enjoyed playing those. I do hope that Battlefield 1 have some great map designs, this was one of the key factors that made me enjoy the game so much, I hope that Battlefield 1 won’t disappoint in that regard.
I am very happy that the game launches this year, although it was expected. I have no doubt in my mind which game I’ll be buying, obviously Battlefield 1. I am a big fan of the series, althought I didn’t have anything against COD – but I do understand the frustration of its fans.
I think it’s time for COD to try something new for a change, leave the ego aside and give Battelfield 1 a chance. We’ll know more of course once we see some Battefield 1 gameplay videos, but I have a good feeling that DICE did an amazing job on this one.