Call of Duty and the Tides of Change in the Gaming Industry
The Call of Duty series has radically transformed the gaming industry in both creative and technical ways. It pioneered several changes in game mechanics and business models. Nabil explores the various ways it has had an effect on the gaming industry, and wonders if the impact it has made is good in the long-term or not.
The gaming industry has come a long way from the days of vector graphics and 8-bit sound effects. The Call of Duty series is a testament to how grand the industry has gotten over the years. With an estimated worth of around 6 billion dollars and having sold about 115 million copies worldwide, it is one of the biggest franchises in the gaming industry. Despite huge revenues, the creative and innovative growth of the industry has stunted in recent years and various companies are following the trend set by Call of Duty of making games more cinematic and action-oriented.
Battlefield: Bad Company "Haggard" Trailer
This trailer for Battlefield: Bad Company has George Gordon Haggard Jr. say hello to his family. The game is due out on PS3 and Xbox 360 next year.
Battlefield: Bad Company High-resolution Screenshots
Battlefield: Bad Company Screenshots
Battlefield 2142 Gets "Veteran's Program"
The Battlefield 2142 website carries details of a “veteran’s program” for the game, giving perks to those who pre-order the upcoming entry in the venerable multiplayer shooter series.
Players who pre-order the game from GameStop or EBGames will receive an instant promotion the first time they log on to the game; they’ll get immediate access to unlocks including the shotgun add-on for the assault rifle, and more. Those players will also be marked as veterans and will be indicated via an on-screen indicator of their status. There’s more to it, so check out the site for details.
Battlefield: Bad Company Announced
EA and DICE have announced Battlefield: Bad Company, a new single-player game in the popular franchise, for PS3 and Xbox 360. Built from the ground-up for next-gen consoles using Digital Illusions’ Frostbite game engine, Bad Company will feature a “deep, cinematic single-player experience loaded with adventure and dark humor.” The game will have players stepping into the shoes of a squad of renegade soldiers behind enemy lines on a personal quest for “gold and revenge.”
As per the announcement, Bad Company will feature sandbox gameplay in an universe where nearly everything is destructible. “The heart of DICE’s multiplayer games is the frenetic, unpredictable nature of the sandbox experience, where anything could happen at any moment, and that’s what we’re bringing to the core of Battlefield: Bad Company’s single-player campaign, said Karl Magnus Troedsson, senior producer at DICE. “In a world that’s 90 percent destructible, the gameplay possibilities are infinite — the battlefield is always changing, forcing players, teammates, and enemies to react accordingly. Gamers will have total freedom to adapt to and tackle challenges in creative Battlefield-style ways.”
Slated to ship sometime next year for the aforementioned consoles, Bad Company will also feature multiplayer options that will make use of the game’s massively destructible environments. No other details or screenshots were released, but EA did send out an image showing highly detailed soldiers’ faces.
Battlefield 2142 Screenshots
Battlefield 2: Modern Combat X360 Screenshots
Twelve new high-resolution screenshots from the Xbox 360 version of Battlefield 2: Modern Combat have been released. You can view the gallery here, or click the thumbnail below.
Battlefield 2142 Announced
Digital Illusions and EA have officially announced the development of Battlefield 2142, the next in the venerable FPS series.
The year is 2142, and the dawn of a new Ice age has thrown the world into a panic. The math is simple and brutal: The soil not covered by ice can only feed a fraction of the Earth’s population. Some will live, most will die. In Battlefield 2142, players will choose to fight for one of two military superpowers in an epic battle for survival, the European Union or the newly formed Pan Asian Coalition. Armed with a devastating arsenal of hi-tech assault rifles, cloaking devices and sentry guns, players will also do battle using some of the most imposing vehicles known to man. Massive battle Mechs wage fierce combat on the ground, while futuristic aircraft rule the skies. When facing one of these new behemoths, players will need to use their wits and an arsenal of new countermeasures like EMP grenades to level the playing field.
The game is scheduled for release this Winter for the PC. It will feature team play, allowing up to 64 players take part in the action as a formal squad, or work behind the scenes in Commander Mode to direct the strategic assaults of their teammates.
Attached in this post are the first four screenshots showing off the action. A movie is also available and can be downloaded from 3D Downloads, 3D Gamers, Boomtown, FileFront, GameTrailers and Worthplaying.
Battlefield 2 Patch Being Worked On; Euro Forces Delayed
On the Battlefield 2 website is word that the v1.2 update for the game is being worked on “around the clock” and that a planned beta testing will ensure a “clean release” of the patch.
As it turns out, this has delayed the release of the Euro Force booster pack. It was initially supposed to be released during the “latter half of February”, but will now be released sometime after the v1.2 patch.