The early reactions to Call of Duty: WWII’s reveal are starting to trickle in, and, thus far, the majority of fans are amazed by what they’ve seen, and excited for what the new game will bring when it arrives this November. But it’s a stark world of difference from what the reception was for last year’s Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, which was so disliked that the debut trailer managed to get one million dislikes over the course of its run – one of the most hated clips ever on the YouTube channel.
But, speaking with Polygon, Activision CEO Eric Hirshberg decided to address the elephant in the room, while talking about Call of Duty: WWII being the right game at the right time for release. However, he didn’t trash on Infinite Warfare in the least, simply talking about how it was a great game that didn’t release at the best time for the company.
“I think it’s a really good game,” he noted – something that we agreed with in our review. “I think it can be simultaneously true that it was a really high quality game that Infinity Ward did a really terrific job with and the game was delivered at a very high level, creatively — and that it might have been the wrong game at the wrong moment in terms of getting that rhythm right with the audience and with the culture.”
With three simultaneous Call of Duty developments happening at the same time (between Treyarch, Sledgehammer Games and Infinity Ward), Hirshberg admitted it can be hard to predict what the market really wants – as well as what the players are excited for. But he feels that the development cycle between the companies is still one of its best benefits.
“The advantages of a three-year cycle are clear: there’s more time to innovate, there’s more time to polish, there’s more time to iterate, there’s more time for all the things that gamers care most about development teams having. At the same time, it increases the degree of difficulty, to an extent, getting that balancing act right,” Hirshberg noted. “The good news is we’ve gotten it right more often than not and more often than most. But I think, in the case of last year, I think both things were true.”
Even though some folks were still bitter about how Infinite Warfare turned out, it still sold well, and now momentum is back in the series’ favor with Call of Duty: WWII set to arrive on November 3rd for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC.