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Sony Starts a War Between Call of Duty and Battlefield Fans

Abhimannu Das
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Sony is trying its best to stop the Microsoft-Activision Blizzard acquisition and it is not pulling its punches.
Battlefield had a very slow launch compared to Call of Duty which has been successful.
Modern Warfare 2 launched with DMZ and Warzone 2.0 which have drawn millions of players to the Call of Duty franchise.

Sony’s legal team set social media platforms on fire after it said that the Battlefield franchise cannot keep up with Call of Duty. With Activision Blizzard set to be acquired by Microsoft, Sony is trying to do its best to stop the acquisition from taking place. Despite Microsoft stating that Call of Duty will continue to launch on PlayStation, Sony is trying to challenge the acquisition. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 crossed $800 Million USD in revenue in under 72 hours since its launch and Sony does not want to miss out on revenue in case Microsoft decides to stop Call of Duty from launching on its PlayStation consoles.

Sony says “Battlefield” cannot keep up

Sony said in a legal hearing, "Other publishers do not have the resources or expertise to match its success. To give a concrete example, Electronic Arts – one of the largest third-party developers after Activision – has tried for many years to produce a rival to Call of Duty with its Battlefield series.”

Sony added, “Despite the similarities between Call of Duty and Battlefield – and despite EA’s track record in developing other successful AAA franchises (such as FIFA, Mass Effect, Need for Speed, and Star Wars: Battlefront) – the Battlefield franchise cannot keep up. As of August 2021, more than 400 million Call of Duty games have been sold, while Battlefield has sold just 88.7 million copies."

Battlefield 2042 launched this year with massive expectations and it simply could not keep up with the success Call of Duty: Modern Warfare enjoyed. While both games have had their fair share of bugs and issues, Modern Warfare 2 has been quick to resolve most of its launch day woes while Battlefield continues to struggle with performance and gameplay issues.

Modern Warfare 2 also brought with it the launch of Warzone 2.0 and a brand-new DMZ mode which have become popular. The DMZ mode is essentially a free-to-play version of Escape From Tarkov with Call of Duty’s own twist and it has been very well-received by the community. Warzone 2.0 also brought tons of changes and it has managed to beat the likes of PUBG PC and Apex Legends on Steam in terms of daily player count.

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Abhimannu is a PC esports writer at AFK Gaming. With over seven years of experience in esports journalism, he has worked on a myriad of games and their ecosystems including Valorant, Overwatch and Apex Legends.

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