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The upcoming transition into a new generation of consoles is futzing with pre-order numbers for Call of Duty: Ghosts, according to CEO of Activision Publishing, Eric Hirshberg. During his company’s earnings call yesterday, Hirshberg noted that pre-orders for Ghosts are “well below the record-setting pace set by Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 last year,” and that the impending arrival of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One are to blame.
“Our quantitative consumer research indicates that hesitation amongst past COD pre-orderers is primarily due to not knowing which platform they will be playing on, which is natural at this time in the console transition,” he said. Despite the lower pre-order numbers, Hirshberg noted that “other key engagement metrics,” such as the number of people playing per month and per day, the amount of DLC sales and community engagement, are all higher than previous years. He also added that pre-orders are more than double that of the original Call of Duty: Black Ops, which was last time Activision introduced a new Call of Duty sub-brand.
Activision isn’t the first publisher to cite next-gen consoles for lower pre-order numbers. EA Sports brand president Peter Moore recently made similar statements, reporting “softness” in pre-orders for current-gen sports titles as we get closer to the launch of the PS4 and Xbox One.
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Microsoft’s plans for the used games market on the newly announced Xbox One were a roller coaster ride this afternoon, with GameStop being the one to lose its lunch on the ride. The company’s stock started an immediate dip once the news began to circulate that the console wouldn’t support used games, closing the day down five percent (down -1.98 to 36.78/share).
Microsoft issued a statement after the market’s close regarding Wired’s report, stating the news wasn’t accurate, but wouldn’t detail exactly how the information was incorrect.
“It doesn’t help Microsoft to block, and will alienate consumers. They should stay out of the controversy,” said Wedbush Security analyst Michael Pachter who attended today’s reveal of the new console at the Microsoft campus. “It is a dumb idea for Microsoft to get involved.”
He continued, “They could just as easily invalidate a download if the same disc is subsequently downloaded to another Xbox One, and the seller of the game wouldn’t complain. The article reaches a conclusion without foundation, and was irresponsible.”
As of this posting it’s still unclear what Microsoft’s plans are for the used games market. GameStop’s pre-owned video game products represented $2.4 billion in sales, representing 27.4 percent of the company’s income and $1.1 billion (48.1 percent) of company’s gross profit in its previous fiscal year.
A promotional poster has confirmed that the next title in the Call of Duty franchise is called Call of Duty: Ghosts and that it will be released on November 5, 2013. The poster comes just 24 hours after Activision began teasing the game on its official site and marks our first confirmation of the game’s title and release date.
So far, information on specific platforms hasn’t been released, but expect an official reveal to come on May 1st.