Following on from our earlier article about GTA V and Skyrim compared to annual releases, we now wanted to take a closer look at Call of Duty specifically vs. GTA V.
It is common knowledge within the gaming industry and community that Call of Duty is always the game to beat now, when it comes down to deciding which title manages to shift the most copies and take home the most money.
The last few Call of Duty games have stayed true to this fashion, and unsurprisingly Modern Warfare 3, the latest game in the franchise smashed records once again by setting a new entertainment record which also covers books and films, in 2011.
However, the mantle may not be with Activision for much longer according to one analyst, as he believes there is one title that has the ability to knock Call of Duty off their perch in 2012 and you can probably guess that the only contender to this is the upcoming Grand Theft Auto V game. As you know, Rockstar Games are preparing to unleash their next huge game in the immensely popular franchise, and Jesse Divnich, analyst with EEDAR has said that GTA 5 will go on and be the biggest seller in 2012.
Here’s a portion of his statement, which he gave in a recent interview with IndustryGamers:
”It goes without saying that GTA V will be one of the year’s biggest releases, but I will take it one step farther and say GTA V will be 2012′s biggest release. Don’t get me wrong, Call of Duty will undoubtedly be huge, as it is every year and it may even grow, but if I had to call what will be a photo finish race, I will go with GTA V.”
Details on the GTA V storyline are being shrouded in secrecy at the moment by Rockstar, as the company are unwilling to give out any additional details on the game, other than the great teaser trailer that they unveiled in November. Since then,fans have been going wild as to who will be returning for the game, and whether or not the likes of CJ, Tommy Vercetti or Claude will be coming back for the game.
GTA V will obviously be big, but big enough to knock a possible Treyarch or Sledgehammer Games designed Call of Duty game off the charts in 2012? We’re guessing that the next COD game will feature some sort of zombies element again and considering how successful Black Ops has become, it is still going to be a mighty task for Rockstar. We’ve said it before but there seems to be a growing trend in the industry now just to pick up Call of Duty games just because of the brand name – that’s how big it has become, which obviously doesn’t bode well for other developers trying to put their games in the shop window.
As for the next Call of Duty game though, we know there is definitely going to be a new game in 2012. There are rumors it will be called ‘Iron Wolf’, although this may just be a code name and could well end up as Black Ops 2 which would obviously be a logical step for Activision. As long as it includes some kind of zombies element as mentioned above though, this game will have no problem selling at all since many gamers will be thirsty for a fresh zombies fix after playing Modern Warfare 3 to death.
Do you think GTA V will outsell the next Call of Duty game or not?
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