Call of Duty vs. Battlefield
Remaster vs. Re-create
The long lived rivalry between Call of Duty and Battlefield is never ending. The debates have no limitations, comparing graphics to gameplay and everything in between. These two mammoth franchises will always be pitted against each other but with this new trend of futuristic gameplay taking over, a new debate has emerged.
Many fans have grown tiresome of the push towards the futuristic path, which has led to a large part of the fan base craving a nostalgic break. This division among gamers has prompted the debate of whose concept is a better solution to please the masses. Is the first-person shooter genre in need of a nostalgic break or will the return of a popular era be suffice?
Activision obviously has not shied away from their beliefs in futuristic gaming with their newest installment, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare. For those who haven’t heard, Activision has taken the Call of Duty franchise even further by launching the futuristic first-person shooter into space. Although, they have recognized the demand for a nostalgic installment, the remastered Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare will be available with Infinite Warfare’s Legacy Edition, which includes the campaign and 10 maps.
But is this enough? The backlash from Activision’s futuristic route has landed Infinite Warfare’s trailer to be the 2nd most disliked video on Youtube with over 2 million dislikes as of 3/14/16. CEO, Eric Hirshberg doesn’t believe that the criticism will hinder the success of the game because he claims that there are still millions of fans who support the futuristic direction. Not to mention that Black Ops 2 received a similar reception but still became the best-selling Call of Duty game of all time.
EA Dice has taken a different approach in this scenario with the developers re-creating a new installment with a nostalgic feel. Set in WW1, Battlefield 1 takes the player into an era that has been long awaited for revisiting. Inspired by historical events, Battlefield 1 will be devoted solely to the WW1 era with contemporary weaponry, melee combat and vehicles, meanwhile still adhering to the traditional style of Battlefield with destructible environments and weapon customization.
Battlefield 1 certainly nails the re-creation of a nostalgic era but at the same it does establish itself as a standalone, new installment to the popular franchise. Unlike Call of Duty, Battlefield has received a welcoming reception with its trailer gaining over 1 million likes on Youtube as of 5/9/16.
But is this innovative throwback the solution to an eager community craving the nostalgic feeling they’ve been waiting for? Can it live up to the epic fan favorite throwback titles that have raised the bar so high?
At this point, everything is speculation and the gamers will decide the victor. Is Activision playing it safe by doubling up on a remastered fan favorite with another futuristic endeavor? Or are they giving fans something nostalgic and something new? Will EA Dice’s re-creation capture that nostalgic feel while being something new at the same time?
Some gamers will stay loyal to their titles, some might hop the fence, but hopefully most will play both and accept them for the separate entities that they are. A new futuristic installment that continuously pushes boundaries, a throwback favorite providing nostalgic feelings to be relived and a re-creation of a new standalone installment with a throwback twist.