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Could This Be The Year That Battlefield Outsells Call of Duty?

It’s a bad time to be Activision right now. If it wasn’t enough that Warzone is quickly losing its player base to hackers and Activision’s seemingly half-hearted attempt to solve the issue, the state of California has also filed a massive lawsuit against the company for their alleged workplace misconduct with women. If you haven’t read anything about it yet, I won’t summarize. Honestly, it’s pretty hard to read, and it’s incredibly disappointing as someone who plays a lot of Call of Duty. On top of all that, word on the street is that COD 2021 is going to be a disaster. Codenamed ‘Call of Duty: Vanguard,” according to the leaks, it seems that the idea of another World War 2-themed game is not what the vast majority of the COD community wants. The COD community also be apprehensive about buying a new game early, given the seemingly neglected nature of Black Ops: Cold War in 2020. This opens the door for another massive franchise to become the new top dog in the FPS category. Battlefield 2042 was announced by EA Dice earlier this summer to overwhelming positivity. Battlefield has always been a top-tier franchise, but it never quite got to the level that Activision has reached with Call of Duty. This year that could all change.

So far, we know that Battlefield 2042 is a large-scaled multiplayer shooter set in the near future during a resource war where mercenary soldiers are hired by the US and Russia to fight in ‘the next world war.’ While some players expressed disappointment that there wouldn’t be a single-player campaign, the reception has been strong right from the beginning. After the reveal of the Battlefield Portal mode at EA play yesterday, it seems that the ball is in EA Dice’s court. They have the makings of a great game, and it’s up to them to deliver. That being said, in what seems like it’s going to be a down year for Call of Duty, Battlefield can easily overtake Activision’s monster franchise in terms of sales and popularity.

Battlefield 2042 has a monopoly on the hype right now. I understand that Call of Duty has a formula that they follow in terms of announcements and release dates, but we haven’t even had a reveal trailer yet. Nobody has any real idea of what to expect from COD 2021. While the rumours suggest that Activision will reveal Call of Duty: Vanguard through Warzone in late August, it may be too little too late at that point. There’s so much working against Activision this year that it would be hard for Battlefield not to beat them. If COD 2021 sucks and people boycott Activision because of hackers and the lawsuit, all that EA has to do is release a decent game and they’ll be in the driver’s seat. If Battlefield 2042 is as good as Battlefield 3 or 4, we might have a new king on our hands.

Time will tell.

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