Call of Duty: WWII‘s reveal has hit a sweet spot with the fan base as pre-orders are looking strong, and internet trolls are toning down the negativity.
During a recent investors call, Activision CEO Robert Kotick claimed that the game’s pre-order sales are looking good. He continued by going into detail about the positive reception of the Call of Duty: WWII‘s reveal trailer which recently became the most viewed Call of Duty reveal trailer ever.
“The reveal trailer has become the most liked video in Call of Duty history, and also now has the most organic views of any Call of Duty reveal trailer we’ve ever made. We also set a new high watermark with the views of the live stream. That’s both for Call of Duty and for Activision overall. And the livestream also was extremely positively received, with a 95% like to dislike ratio. And then probably equally important as the positive indicators is the— that the negative social media sentiment, which you know we— was an issue last year, has virtually evaporated at about 0.2% at reveal.”
The “issue” Kotick referenced regards last year’s reveal of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, the trailer for which became the most disliked game trailer in YouTube history, and second most disliked YouTube video overall. Activision was more more confident in this new installment right out of the gate, as this year is only the second Call of Duty ever to show off it’s multiplayer at E3, according to Kotick.
“We’re also going to be bringing some real innovations to the game which are obviously designed to keep it fresh and make it even more appealing for more different types of players, and those are going to be on display when we bring hands on multiplayer to E3 next month, and that’s only the second time in our history that we’ve done that. And for context, the other time was Black Ops III. So obviously we have a lot of confidence in what we’re going to be showing. So early days, obviously, but we’re off to a strong start.”
On the topic of Black Ops III, the shooter’s popularity has warranted a new expansion dropping a year and a half after the game’s initial release. The expansion will not be multiplayer-focused, however, instead introducing remastered versions of eight maps from past installments of Treyarch’s venerable Zombies mode.
As for Call of Duty:WWII, a new trailer details the dark direction the game is taking and where the developers pulled it from. Part of this direction will involve facing serious social issues of the setting, namely racism.
Call of Duty: WWII is slated to launch November 3rd on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.