Will ‘Call Of Duty’ Fall Victim To The Next-Gen Curse? #callofduty

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Previously, we looked at the third console curse and found it was less about numbers and more about hubris. But there’s another curse worth looking at, and one a hell of a lot scarier to publishers: The next-gen curse, wherein the biggest genre on the last generation fades or even collapses like a tissue skyscraper. And Call of Duty might well be next.

The Evidence

It’s pretty simple, when you think about it: Each console generation has had a genre that defines it. 8-bit consoles were buried in platformers. 16-bit consoles had fighting games out the wazoo. The PlayStation generation was the golden age of survival horror. The PlayStation 2 era was arguably when racing games ruled the roost; the Gran Turismo series has two out of the top three slots, topped only by Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.

And the PS3 and the Xbox 360 saw the rise of the multiplayer first-person shooter, particularly a military themed one on consoles. This isn’t to argue that there weren’t other popular genres, or great games in these genres, or that these genres ceased to exist: Just that where they once were dominant, they have faded in popularity. So what’s going on?

The Pattern

Generally, what happens, and this has always happened on consoles is this. In the first few years of a console’s life cycle, a game comes along that breaks out to a staggering degree, such as, in this case, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. The video game industry being what it is, it throws out a few knock-offs or at least games obviously inspired by the hit, those sell to players who want more… and then we’re off to the races.
Read more: http://www.uproxx.com/gammasquad/2014/01/will-call-duty-fall-victim-next-gen-curse/#ixzz2qp6PtgHu

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