Even though Activision has been catching a lot of flack from fans in regards to their next Call of Duty installment, Infinite Warfare, the franchise is still a force to be reckoned with. Despite the game’s launch trailer being one of the most disliked videos on YouTube ever, the game is still very highly anticipated.
Financial analysts from Piper Jaffray believe that Infinite Warfare is the highest anticipated upcoming game being released. Michael Olson, an analyst from the financial firm, estimates Activision pulling in nearly $100 billion worldwide.
A recent survey was conducted among 100 Xbox One and PlayStation 4 owners about their future game purchases. 33 percent of the players stated that they were the most excited to buy the newest Call of Duty installment. EA’s Battlefield 1 came in second place with 26 percent of the vote.
Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands, Gears of War 4, and The Last Guardian followed next on the list with 15 percent of the vote, and a tie of 10 percent of the vote, respectively. However, Mafia 3 seemed to excite only 6 percent of the group.
When Piper Jaffray conducted the same survey last year, Black Ops III actually attracted 27 percent of the votes, which is where Battlefield 1 currently sits this year.
Even though a small group of only 100 people cannot totally predict the future of game sales later this fall, it is a little more trustworthy than the number of “likes” and “dislikes” their game trailers have on YouTube. Currently, Battlefield 1 has about 10 million more views and a landslide amount of “likes” in comparison to its competition, but I wouldn’t count out Call of Duty just yet.
Piper Jaffray’s survey was sure to target people that actually buy video games rather than those that rely on YouTube trailers for all of their information. Infinite Warfare is also being bundled with the remaster of one of the most popular Call of Duty titles to date, Modern Warfare, which is bound to entice purchasers since the remaster cannot be purchased alone.