Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare dev: We take fan feedback "very seriously"

Sledgehammer Games says, "We actively listen, even if we can't always respond or agree"; studio adds that "something special" is in the works for eSports fans.

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare developer Sledgehammer Games takes fan feedback "very seriously," studio cofounder Michael Condrey said in comments posted on Reddit. Though he says Sledgehammer is listening to what you have to say, you shouldn't expect the studio to be able to respond or even to agree, Condrey cautioned.

"Sledgehammer Games takes fan feedback very seriously. With [40 million] voices strong, there are always going to be competing viewpoints within the fan community. We also have passionate visions of the game we want to deliver," Condrey said. "Bottomline, we actively listen, even if we can't always respond or agree."

"So thanks for being here, and for helping us make the game be the best it can. Every developer on this game has one goal--to create the highest quality experience of our careers," he added. "So one favor--keep it classy and constructive. As fans, we owe it to each other and the game."

In a separate Reddit post, Condrey said the eSports community is a "valued partner" for the Call of Duty series overall. He wouldn't say anything about what Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare will offer for uber-competitive players, but teased that eSports players won't be disappointed.

"We look forward to being able to talk about our exciting [multiplayer] plans for Call of Duty Advanced Warfare. Until then, know that we are working closely with, and for, the competitive community to deliver something special this year," Condrey said. "More to come! Keep the feedback coming."

Just last week, Activision said it was "absolutely committed" to supporting eSports players for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. So far, Activision has said nothing about the game's multiplayer component, but if the game's EXO suit super-abilities transfer over to the game's multiplayer mode, the series stands to be shaken up in a major way.

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ekhtsasy
ekhtsasy

 One of the biggest things that I would change in COD is its overly simplistic causal driven nature! COD over the years has increasingly become more and more simplistic. I am assuming that this was done in order to meet the needs of causal players. Reintroducing hardcore elements back into the game would really be welcomed! Which means recoil in guns, footsteps,

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player layouts that actually makes a real difference in gameplay, also getting rid of cheap causal gimmicks etc, actually bringing back things that requires real skill and dedication to master. That said, I understand that doing such a thing might be asking a little too much from a franchise that prides itself on attracting the widest possible audience.


genesarereal
genesarereal

Yeah of course they take gamers seriously. They seriously don't listen.

Creed02
Creed02

 If you do take seriously then stop making cod and pour your creativity in something new(interesting)

brads93
brads93

Bring back the same game play dynamics that drove the first modern warfare to be the game changer that it was in the multiplayer fps genre. Why dumb things down so much that it appeals to a wide array of people. They will get bored of it quickly. Make a game that requires skill like cod 4 did. OK that last part may have sounded a little opinionated but in all honesty, these few recent cods have really balanced things out too much so that anyone can kill anyone and it sometimes feels fake. More dynamic weather systems and night time maps will make for a much better game. I can't imagine sledgehammer not implementing a hefty Co - op experience considering they Co designed mw3. Can't wait for this new cod because I know from previous titles how creative they really can be

teller76567
teller76567

Well will you ditch the point system for kill streaks and let it be off of kills again? An ditch quick scoping?

Messenger360p
Messenger360p

Well they could start by removing 'quickscoping' which has no realism what so ever...

Add more players for multiplayer. Host games server side & no peer to peer. Design realistic maps not this dribble that feels like your playing a paintball game. etc etc



tightwad34
tightwad34

God damn, I was hoping they didn't take their fans seriously. Lord knows I wouldn't listen to the people that put money in my pocket.

youngzen69
youngzen69

One of the biggest things that I would change in COD is its overly simplistic causal driven nature! COD over the years has increasingly become more and more simplistic. I am assuming that this was done in order to meet the needs of causal players. Reintroducing hardcore elements back into the game would really be welcomed! Which means recoil in guns, footsteps, player layouts that actually makes a real difference in gameplay, also getting rid of cheap causal gimmicks etc, actually bringing back things that requires real skill and dedication to master. That said, I understand that doing such a thing might be asking a little too much from a franchise that prides itself on attracting the widest possible audience.

schwike_3
schwike_3

Why not put filters in like Goldeneye did on N64. Like no sniper rifles or shotguns for example.

urbanmanc
urbanmanc

Well listen to this NO ONE IS INTERESTED IN eSPORTS, there's your first mistake , alienating the masses that just wanna play !

ohara1974
ohara1974

Activision has said nothing about the game's multiplayer component, but if the game's EXO suit super-abilities transfer over to the game's multiplayer mode, the series stands to be shaken up in a major way.

yep it will they will have created HALO/Titanfall 2.....

more gadget warfare capt mitchell ghost recon meet pvt mitchell call of duty

Cpt_Cosmonaut
Cpt_Cosmonaut

HEY COD Dev How about REVOLUTIONIZING COD? You know like Modern Warfare 4 revolutionized it the last time many years ago. Has anything blown anyone away on Multiplayer since MW4? Let me see, maps (check), kill streak (check), perks (check), cammos (check) Nothing really new after all these years. Ooo yea just DLC, sorry.

spacecadet25
spacecadet25

This is going to be a daunting task for Sledgehammer, since the vast majority of negative comments on the game on just about every Call of Duty story are very general and have no details or substance that makes the comments at all constructive or helpful.  If you really do hate it, be specific. 

dogwitch1
dogwitch1

wait a cod dev listen to the consumer.... holy crap

JayQproductions
JayQproductions

No drop shot-ing, no quick scoping, snipers should be forced out of looking through their scope when hit, and no attachments that do most of the work for you like tracker sights, thermals, etc..
 But we already know that will never happen, they will just use the futuristic setting to come up with new stuff that will let anyone pick up the controller and get 10 kills easily. That's the problem with COD, it got popular and now the devs just worry about what they can add to the game to help people who suck at playing it because they want to sell more copies and map packs.

adders99
adders99

here is some fan feed back... I am not a fan anymore! let the series have a breather and a few years off... 

TroyTrojanGamer
TroyTrojanGamer

What I think many people fail to comprehend is that COD uses a very safe and proven formula.  There is no need to drastically change something that is not broken.  Furthermore, not everyone has played the flipping game.  It may be the familiar to you but what if your that person playing it for the first time?  That's why millions of people consistently buy this game.


Personally, I bought Big Red 1 on the gamecube and MW2 on the PS3.  I've honestly missed playing COD.

smackdowner360
smackdowner360

It just takes them 8 years to listen and  do somehting about the feedback.Sorry but ill never buy another cod game after ghost

pineapples202
pineapples202

For me, the exclusion of “rentable ranked browser servers” is killing the game. I just can't warm to that match making system.  Had you ever had that deflated feeling that the reason you find yourself top of a score board is due partly to a possibility that you simply had a better connection/ping than the rest of your opponents, or vise-versa? Whether that was the real case or not, the game no longer felt like an even playing field. –IMO

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

Is that why you STILL suck after nearly four years of fan boredom?

Razor10000
Razor10000

We take fan feedback "very seriously"....proceeds to develop another copy of cod4. i don´t understand how 40 million people like to play the same multiplayer every year.

sillibk
sillibk

Michael, please don't make public matches competitive-focused. What you need to understand, is that competitive gaming does not belong in public matches, because a very little minority plays competitive out of those "40 million" that you described. They belong on their own playlist. The competitive and sniping communities on CoD are the most toxic; please do not cater to either of them. Make them happy, but please don't ruin my multiplayer experience. If I rent this game and it has a competitive-focused multiplayer, then you can forget about my $60. 

liquidbutter
liquidbutter

Anyone wanna take bets on Activision dragging Kevin Spacey to E3? Maybe they'll make him give the "as a gamer myself" line.

ishsgames
ishsgames

What is wrong with these developers and their pub? Are they blind, or retarded? Is fish AI, annoying dog AI and the quake engine from 1999 being used for last last gen, last gen and current gen really the thing the fans of the series are asking for? Is that stupid lie about photorealistic graphics supposed to be taken seriously? GTFO COD........

Pyrosa
Pyrosa

This is part of their new & improved "PLEASE COME BACK FROM PLAYING TITANFALL" campaign.

jamestcraig
jamestcraig

I regret the day I bought Titanfall. I fear this is going the same direction. Too techy, too mechy, and not enough attention paid to lines of fire, layout, and gameplay.

Titanfall pretends that the "future" was built in a day. There are no differences in architecture or layout between neighborhoods let alone different countries/cities/planets.

ghost59
ghost59

you take 12 year olds very seriously? 

unreal849
unreal849

They even have a comment deposit box!


...it's the trash can.

alenth
alenth

Is gamespot in full damage control mode now? this site gives too much attention to this game with irrelevant news, nice advertisement, good that some of us can see through their lies.

Sjalasvalten
Sjalasvalten

So does Microsoft when marketing the Xbox one: "The Xbox one is the greatest thing to happen to mankind"..or something along those lines I believe.

 It's called selective hearing; you can pick and choose the feedback you want to hear and rationalize it in your mind that it's positive feedback even if for every one emphatically positive feedback there are a dozen negative ones.  It's pathetic and it's what almost every company does.

Sorry for being such a cynic, but it's the truth.

Yuusha09
Yuusha09

Feedback?  You haven't changed anything but maps / modes in 6 years, you obviously don't even know what the word means.

mcmflyguy
mcmflyguy

my fan feed back... don't make the game. for at least another year.

deuely
deuely

Fix the matchmaking and hacking problems and you'd be off to a decent start.

fps_gun1t
fps_gun1t

@Messenger360p removing quickscoping because its no realism? Ok then they should also make automatic weapons 2 shot kills to the achest and also make it so you cant regen health EVER and force us to use tacticle items to rush into rooms and also if we die dont let us respond. Realistic enough for you now asshole?

shidib09
shidib09

I agree with you to a certain extent by try hards like myself enjoy playing against some competition cause running a pub lobby after a while gets boring

MrJskilet
MrJskilet

@Cpt_Cosmonaut  Uhhh I believe you mean Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare AKA MW1 because there is no Modern Warfare 4. The last entry in the Modern Warfare series was MW3

spacecadet25
spacecadet25

@dogwitch1 Too bad you said nothing of substance to help them, thus wasting their time.  It's highly doubtful the other developers did not listen to feedback, they just didn't write a post about it.

spacecadet25
spacecadet25

@TroyTrojanGamer Excellent point.  And what if they ditched it, I'm sure many millions would be very upset?  And the risk is huge.  I was furious when Splinter Cell changed their game almost completely when they came out with Conviction, but the fact that the new game play was so fun I let it slide.  However, they did a crap job in the follow up though.

OMGUPOS
OMGUPOS

@Razor10000 because some adults like to have consistent experiences, there are always new IP's and great indie games to buy for the different experiences. I don't understand why people think that everything has to be completely different from one game to a sequel. It doesn't, just look at Gears of War Judgment, People Can Fly changed the control schematic and completely ruined that game.


In short, sometimes it is nice to be able to pop in a new game and not have to learn a new control schematic, or new gameplay mechanics, sometimes it's nice to have something tried and true, but better looking.


Gaming is just a hobby for me, I buy lots of games, but I buy COD simply because I know what I'm getting, and it's always pretty good and entertaining. And at the end of my day, sometimes that's all I want.

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

@Razor10000  Probably because it IS the same multiplayer each year. If there is one thing that can be said about COD is that COD 4 and MW2 were damn good games. I don't play the new ones because I'm bored of the game in general, but I played a HELL of a lot on COD MW1 and 2.

It seems people still like the COD formula and are willing to keep paying £40/$60 a year for it.

sillibk
sillibk

@ishsgames  Catering to these competitive nutjobs would make me NOT want to buy this game. That would be the definition of rehash. I hope that's not the case.

Pyrosa
Pyrosa

@jamestcraig I hear you, and I totally agree that far too many "post-apocalyptic-tthhhhbhbhththtt" games are out there, but Titanfall is just plain **FUN**.  In fact, it's the first shooter in a long time where a newbie can actually make a contribution to a team, rather than just serving as a point-drain.   I put a non-FPS player on my system last weekend, showed them a couple of things to do, and he was putting points on the board for his team within the hour. ...oh, and he was having FUN.  (That was NOT the case with recent CoDs he'd tried.)

spacecadet25
spacecadet25

@deuely Agreed.  When my online experience gets ruined it's usually the cheaters/hackers.  What's the point in cheating to win, how is that more satisfying than just playing against bots on 'easy'?

shidib09
shidib09

Lol that dudes ranting and is talking about a game that doesn't exist hahahahhahaha

sillibk
sillibk

@OMGUPOS @sillibk  I play games to play games, not to play competitively. It's a stupid philosophy.

OMGUPOS
OMGUPOS

@sillibk I take it then, that you only play cooperative multiplayer games then, otherwise your philosophy is stupid.


You may not be very competitive, but Team Deathmatch, and every other versus multiplayer game type I've ever played is competitive by nature of the game. If you don't get it, you don't get it, but you don't make a lot of sense when you contradict you own double standard by playing objective game types, with two teams involved, only one team can with, thus you are in fact competing against the other team for kills, or points, or goals, or whatever.