During Activision Blizzard’s quarterly financial conference call, Activision Publishing CEO Eric Hirshberg shared more color on the expectations for Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare and Modern Warfare Remastered.
First of all, he mentioned that quality-wise both games are “really looking amazing,” and the company is “very excited” about finding a way to deliver both “breakthrough innovation […] as well as a return to the classic gameplay” in one “amazing package with incredible value.”
That combination has led to the performance that the company is seeing in pre-orders for the Legacy Edition and the Digital Deluxe Edition, both of which are “registering far higher percentages for the higher priced SKUs” than Activision has ever seen before.
It’s worth mentioning, though, that earlier in the call Chief Operating Officer Thomas Tippl admitted that overall pre-orders are lower year-on-year compared to Black Ops III, but he explained that this is to be expected as the majority of the assets for the game (including multiplayer and Zombies mode) have yet to be revealed.
On top of that, according to Hirshberg, Modern Warfare Remastered is “the best bonus content” that the company has ever offered in one of its collector’s editions.
About Infinite Warfare, Hirshberg mentioned that the team is “tremendously passionate” and that passionate is showing through in how the game is “fresh, inventive, it looks great, and it has a ton of new gameplay mechanics for the franchise.”
There is often initial skepticism when you push innovation in the context of something that’s so well established as Call of Duty, but the good new is that the more people are seeing it, the more they’re getting excited about it. We shown eight uninterrupted minutes of gameplay at E3, and that generated the highest positive sentiment from the usually hard to please gamer press that we have ever seen on the franchise at E3 since we’ve been measuring it.
And we’ve shown another twelve minutes of gameplay at Comic Con, and again, we got the highest positive sentiment from the press we’ve ever seen for Call of Duty at that event.
The particularly good news is that people actually haven’t seen that much of this game yet relative to previous years.
In September at XP we’ll have a pretty incredible list of reveals and first hands-on, including things like multiplayer of Infinite Warfare, multiplayer in Modern Warfare Remastered, the first zombie mode in the main game, that we’ve had in a non-Treyarch title with Infinite Warfare as well as more reveals on campaign as well.
For context, all of them were revealed at this time last years. So we think we have got a winning combination. We’ve got a great game with Infinite Warfare, and a second great game with Modern Warfare Remastered.