The video game horse race to watch this fall is between “Call of Duty: Vanguard,” “Battlefield 2042” and “Halo Infinite,” three shooter games from the huge franchise that collide with each other on their way to release. live.
- A measure of relative interest: twitch tracking service gamesite Counted viewership Recently completed playable beta for games. “Halo” with 82K simultaneous audience, “Call of Duty” with 182K audience, “Battlefield” with 340K.
state of play: The three shooters have superficial similarities, but they will test different business models.
of activism”Call of Duty: Vanguard” (Console, PC), first goes out November 5.
- “Vanguard” returns the franchise for World War II, will sell for $60-$70 and includes a story campaign as well as several multiplayer modes.
- It’s unclear whether the ongoing investigation and lawsuits surrounding Activision or the fatigue with the franchise will drag down the performance. “CoD” usually doesn’t face two major options launching in the same season.
- what to watch: Activision runs “Call of Duty” as a multigame business, using more popular Free-to-play battle royale “Warzone” promote And feed players in $60 releases.
EA’sBattlefield 2042“ (Console, PC) Runs November 19.
- You can guess when the game is set. It will also sell for $60, but will only include multiplayer modes, with a focus on massive competition involving virtual soldiers and vehicles.
- “2042” is the only one of the three without a currently announced free-to-play option that feeds it to players, but, even if it doesn’t get one, it has a hungry fanbase who’ve been waiting for a sequel for years. Used to be .
- what to watch: “Battlefield” has arguably the hardest path, as EA missed a planned September date for its beta, pushed The game’s full release has been back since October, as it’s clear that the game is coming in hot.
Microsoft’shello infinity” (Xbox, PC, Cloud Gaming) Last, will run on December 8.
- The sci-fi game’s multiplayer mode will be offered for free, but Microsoft will charge $60 for the campaign (or players can get it at no extra charge if they subscribe to Xbox Game Pass).
- “Infinite” was due out last year, and it is not even releasing on November 15th, which is the 20th anniversary of the “Halo” franchise. But the poor performance of the game’s campaign last year has given way to a well-received series of multiplayer “tech tests” this fall.
- what to watch: All signs indicate that the free multiplayer portion of “Infinite” is due to be a hit, but the campaign mode, usually a big selling point for the series, has barely shown up over the past year.
big picture: Competition here isn’t zero-sum, and it’s not closed to outside competitors either.
- All three games will go up against a range of other popular games in their category and also with Power Player on other platforms.
- For example, Activision oversees Tencent’s massive “call of duty: mobile,” which market tracker Sensor Tower states that Nerdshala has generated more than $350 million in user spend. But the game is facing stiff competition from Garena’s mobile shooter.”free fire, “a non-US hit that is now attracting the same monthly users as “CoD” in the States.
What will happen next: The release days of the three games will come and go without a final winner, as all have been designed to expand digitally with new modes for at least a year.
- So if someone stumbles, he will be given many chances to recover.