"It's clear that, for a portion of our audience, the space setting just didn't resonate, Activision's Thomas Tippl told investors".
Folks, Call of Duty games take years to make.
Activision noted that they were aware of the lower-than-expected sales from the latest entry in the Call of Duty series - Infinite Warfare, however, they have "never been more excited creatively" for their next entry.
The negativity surrounding Infinite Warfare seeped into sales, with NPD reporting in December that sales were down almost 50 percent after one month compared to Black Ops 3.
Video game publisher Activision Blizzard's shares leaped Friday after unexpectedly strong fourth quarter results and a share buyback announcement. Meanwhile, head over to the official Steam page for Infinite Warfare to see what all of the complaints have been about.
In our review of Infinite Warfare, we celebrated the game's single player campaign but were critical of the multiplayer side of things, which is the main reason people buy Call of Duty games in droves.
'The launch of Blizzard's Overwatch created a major new franchise, while King's mobile advertising tests are very promising as the basis for meaningful new revenue streams, ' Activision Chief Executive Bobby Kotick said in a statement.
We do hope that Call of Duty 2017 will bring back its original gameplay, all while maintaining a sense of freshness brought into the game. Whatever the setting is (rumours persist it will be historical), this project did not begin as a knee-jerk reaction to the space-based failure of Infinite Warfare.
According to Activision, traditional combat will once again be the focus for the next Call of Duty game, which will be a welcome change to the franchise. What that means, we don't yet know, but a World War II setting seems pretty probable given that Battlefield 1 scored its victory by going to the past.
Yesterday, Activision announced that they're taking a break from Call of Duty.
Call of Duty has hit a rough patch over the last few years, sales have been declining as players began getting sick of the franchise's on-going futuristic themes. The game has been in development for roughly two years and we should get our first glimpse of what to expect sometime this spring.