Battlefield and Call of Duty can successfully coexist, says analyst

Sterne Agee analyst says success potential for Battlefield 4 and Call of Duty: Ghosts not mutually exclusive.

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Battlefield 4 and Call of Duty: Ghosts launch just seven days apart this fall, but both games can successfully coexist, according to Sterne Agee analyst Arvind Bhatia.

In a note to investors today, he said the success potential for both games is not mutually exclusive, especially so because player purchase habits are different for each franchise.

"The Battlefield series resonates particularly well with the PC gamers, while Call of Duty tends to do well on consoles," Bhatia said. "We expect more than a third of Battlefield 4 unit sales to be on the PC platform and the remaining units on consoles."

Total PC sales for Call of Duty: Ghosts will likely be less than 10 percent of overall units, Bhatia said. "Our point is both franchises can coexist successfully," he said.

Activision Publishing announced during an earnings call yesterday that preorder figures for Call of Duty: Ghosts are "well below" those of Call of Duty: Black Ops II. This downturn was attributed to consumer uncertainty regarding next-generation platforms and described as "normal" for this period in a console transition.

Battlefield 4 launches October 29, while Call of Duty: Ghosts is out November 5. Next-generation versions of both games are also in the works, though release dates have not been announced.

Discussion

514 comments
savagejoe444
savagejoe444

Well, one is over doing it with 'realism' and the other is overhated for illogical reasons. I still play both for the enjoyment both games give me.



Shanks_D_Chop
Shanks_D_Chop

Analysts full of useless information, says analyst.

NeonIndian
NeonIndian

I always buy battlefield.

Only buy cod every two years. (infinity ward titles)

formerroadie
formerroadie

We need an analyst to tell us this? People get paid for this crap? Um, ok.

Mo60
Mo60

I think both games have their own special taste and each game of them have its different ways in entertainment.

KAB21
KAB21

Think Battlefield is taking the cake..and the car.and the house in this battle.


xlord121
xlord121

This is the Internet.

NOTHING CAN CO-EXIST

frigginjoe
frigginjoe

Analyst predicts two games which have co-existed can co-exist.

Gets paid.

Jeff Prowler
Jeff Prowler

But I agree with krissketu. I like both. I just play BF with my older friends. I play COD with my nephews.

Jeff Prowler
Jeff Prowler

He's mad cause he doesn't know how to play.

Jeff Prowler
Jeff Prowler

Well mauro it's time to grow up... Run and gun Deathmatches were fun in 1999 while quake 3 arena was out. There is no such thing as battlefield 1 Btw. It was battlefield:1942 and battlefield:Vietnam. And it sounds to me like you just get upset at dyin all the time cause you suck....

Eduardo De Deus
Eduardo De Deus

The games can , the problem is the fanboys (mostly on COD , but i will admit that Bf also has some)

Redsyrup
Redsyrup

I'd prefer it if they destroyed each other.

turdfurguison
turdfurguison

There's a game called Call of Duty? When did this happen? 

Mauro Figueiredo
Mauro Figueiredo

COD haters, i bet all those haters are the first guys to play, because it's not cod that sux, but they itself, generally arrogant and stupid kids that like to hack, so they don't like steam.

Mauro Figueiredo
Mauro Figueiredo

I'm adult and i never like Battlefield, i did not liked bac company 2 or battlefield 3

Mauro Figueiredo
Mauro Figueiredo

It's all about perspective, battlefield is not fun, COD is, as a game should be.

STRIKESHOOTER
STRIKESHOOTER

Go hell.....they have lost their chances for co-existence....will never happen....

duuuuuuude1
duuuuuuude1

Call of Duty is to Ridge Racer as Battlefield is to Gran Turismo.

scuba52
scuba52

They are totally different play styles, when are people gonna get this. So of course they can coexist. I prefer BF for team work, while friends like COD for run and gun. There is no comparison apart from FPS. 

callsignalpha
callsignalpha

This co-existence would resemble the co-existence of The Eloi and The Morlocks from The Time-Machine.the former being COD and the latter being Battlefield

DarthLod
DarthLod

I dont play or buy either of them so I could really care less. The entire War FPS genre has become one same game with different paint jobs. Too much focus on Multiplayer and not enough on Single Player.

ConanTheStoner
ConanTheStoner

This is the most captain obvious article I've ever read.

superstarmario1
superstarmario1

They have coexisted for a few year now. Just let people play what they like.

tionmedon
tionmedon

bf4 sales are better than cod there is only room for one......cod might as well be SimCity.......

eriktkire
eriktkire

wow, that made my day. I'll sleep better tonight.

Who would have thought 2 shooters with the same style of shitty single play rail campaign meant as american war propaganda, multiplay communities full of griefers, campers and haxors, AND sickeningly large advertising budgets could co-exist.

We need more from these analysts.... seriously, how much money did this clown spend on his university education to reach this conclusion... that people didn't know this already!?!

ddoggbritt16
ddoggbritt16

I used to love call of duty then my brother told me to get battlefield 3 because it looked sick and now i never play call of duty and love battlefield

Lostat
Lostat

@NeonIndian I played BO2 and was totally bored with it.  The single player was so heavily scripted that I felt I was watching a b-movie instead of playing.  The multiplayer was utterly dull too.

savagejoe444
savagejoe444

@NeonIndian That's exactly what I do with CoD. 

Didn't really care much for Black Ops 1 or 2.

JohnClark_R6
JohnClark_R6

@scuba52 People will just never get this. I enjoy both games for different reasons. CoD, for the more fast pace 'Rambo' style of play and BF for the slower squad based tactical gameplay. Never understood the comparison.

arqe
arqe

@DarthLodAll will become different if they make more "Single Player Military War FPS" ? Forget the creative ideas. All games will be same and same and same again. Get over it.

4le_breVVer
4le_breVVer

@DarthLod I totally agree. Both of these games started off as great franchises, now look at the garbage they've morphed into. I'm serious, I used to love the early games of each.

Hekteur
Hekteur

@tionmedon *facepalm*

I'm just going to put this link right here for you to consult

http://www.vgchartz.com/gamedb/

You have the latest data for all time selling games. Now that you've been enlightened to the truth of reality, stop saying stupidity.

Bigjoe1627
Bigjoe1627

@tionmedon What? You are way off because COD sales are double the sales of Battlefield.

4le_breVVer
4le_breVVer

@JohnClark_R6 @scuba52 Oh no? each game has a single player campaign, you know. Apart from graphics, they are virtually identical in lame dialogue and super human bullet sponge combat. smh

DarthLod
DarthLod

@4le_breVVer Yep, I enjoyed COD until after COD 3, then it all went downhill. I don;t even bother with these anymore. All these games are carbon copies of eachother with zero innovation. All the focus is on multiplayer maps and other hogwash I care nothing about.