March 4, 2008

Call of Duty MMO in the works?

Yes, you read the title right. Activision CEO Bobby Kotick (soon to be Activision Blizzard CEO) spoke with investment analysts today and mentioned the possibility of a Call of Duty-based MMO.

Here is what IGN had to say:

"Speaking to a group of investment analysts today, Activision CEO (and soon to be Activision Blizzard president and CEO) Bobby Kotick said the company is considering turning its Call of Duty franchise into a massively multiplayer online game.

Kotick said Activision looked at five years of data on U.S. publishers' attempts to break into the MMO market. Most resulted in failure, cancellation or low profit margins. By teaming up with Blizzard, which has proven its online mettle with World of Warcraft, he said Activision can not only pull in WoW's subscriber base to strengthen its balance sheet but also to learn from the company's veterans how to undertake new projects.

That could include tapping Blizzard talent to figure out how Activision might take Call of Duty in an MMO direction, Kotick said."

With how popular the Call of Duty franchise has been, especially Call of Duty 4, it isn't hard to imagine this would be a possibility. With Blizzard's talents in making the best mmorpgs in the world, this could be not far off. The only question is how would they make it work? Is there enough content in the Call of Duty universe to warrant an MMO? I could see a Halo MMO or a GTA-style MMO but Call of Duty? If it is designed by Blizzard it just may work.


Anonymous said...

If they do that, they better still game games like they do now. I don't want to pay a monthly fee to play COD online.

Anonymous said...

I want to set someone up the bomb