Publisher Competition


Call of Duty publisher Activision and Battlefield publisher Electronic Arts is at it again, and will probably be until after MW3 and BF3’s release. But first, always something first…

I asked OneOfSwords about CoD Elite how many people would be accepted as a beta tester for CoD Elite. He answered me then…

So I think that means you will be accepted within various steps. Maybe you have to send feedback to Beachead and if they think it is alright to bring in the next group, they will. That’s what I think.

In other news, Josh Olin the Treyarch Community Manager tweeted that all the non-Xbox 360 platforms of Black Ops with online gaming may experience temporary connection problems due to a data centre maintenance window within the servers:

MW3 v. BF3

They’re at it again. Since the reveal of MW3, EA has been saying that Battlefield 3, their current game in development was going to be a lot better than MW3. Things have gone silent after the recent E3 Expo, it has rised again.

Battlefield 3’s tank gameplay during E3 on the PC was a success with the controls and the gameplay. According to DICE, the developer for Battlefield 3, the game will run at 60 frames per second on the PC and 30 frames per second on consoles.

However, MW3 will run at 60 frames per second on all of its platforms, a win, so it will provide smooth gameplay. Win-win. To ‘up the ante’, DICE made the game with higher visual detail, fully destructible environments, larger maps and more.

30 frames per second may sound like unsmooth gameplay, but they tried BF3 on the PS3 and said that it was still good-looking.

And also, BF3 will fully run on 720p, 30 fps on consoles.

Full post from Kotaku…

They’re on Facebook.

EA and Activision set up Facebook page for their upcoming releases, MW3 and BF3, and they have strategies. Some are good and some… epic fail.

The Wildfire

In a short while, EA managed to reach 1,000,000 (one million) likes on their page just because of a promo. If the Facebook community manages to get one million likes on their page, a twelve-minute trailer with developer comments. What they did was this. They put up a lot of advertisements of the game, then they launched a Facebook campaign to get more supporters. It was perfect, they say, everything spreading ‘like a wildfire’.

The Firemen

Unfortunately for Activision, they had to deal with this and with a double-whammy, Kotaku leaked game info. Lots of it. And a triple-whammy, previous Call of Duty fans left since they thought nothing new would happen with the game :(. They thought that Modern Warfare was always the same, while Battlefield games were always new and fresh. Activision could have cleared it out by engaging their existing community, strengthening beliefs that Modern Warfare was awesome and would help spread the word. Hey, I’m going to do that!

I don’t know what the stats were of the MW3 page, but now it stands at a number less than a million. That isn’t good.

Here are the current stats for the two pages.

Pretty disappointing stats. You can click on the image for the full resolution. You can view the full post here.

 

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