Call of Duty fans don't appear to be happy with the creative direction of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare as its reveal trailer has received over 1 million "Dislikes" on YouTube.
Released only a week ago on May 2, the Infinite Warfare reveal trailer is currently the 7th most disliked video on YouTube and still climbing. In comparison, the reveals of the two previous Call of Duty titles, Advance Warfare and Black Ops III, have only received 51,000 and 80,000 dislikes to date, respectively.
Things then went from bad to worse for Activision, when EA announced what they have planned for the next Battlefield. Battlefield 1 has received an overwhelmingly positive response of 1 million "Likes" on YouTube and even causing the hashtag #RIPCoD to trend on Twitter.
Ultimately, the opposing receptions of Infinite Warfare and Battlefield 1 boil down to the creative directions of both franchises. Call of Duty fans appear to be fed up with the modern/futuristic route and want the series to return to its World War roots, which is what DICE have chosen to do with Battlefield 1.
Despite the negative reception, Activision has managed to keep a cool head. During Activision Blizzard's quarterly earnings call, Activision CEO Eric Hirshberg stated that the community wants new innovative experiences, so Modern Warfare Remastered was made for nostalgic fans.
"Of course we know that there are people in our community who are nostalgic for the boots-on-the-ground-style gameplay, and that's why we made Modern Warfare Remastered. But we also have millions of people in our community who want to have new innovative experiences in the game each year and Infinite Warfare is going to deliver that. And the good news is this year we found a way to deliver both in one package while keeping our community together."
If what Hirshberg says is true, the nostalgic fans will still have to buy Infinite Warfare, since the only way to play Modern Warfare Remastered at this time is to purchase one of the more expensive Legacy or Deluxe Editions.
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare will launch on November 4th after Battlefield 1 drops on October 21st on Xbox One. EA Access subscribers will also get early access to Battlefield 1 for a limited time before launch with an Xbox One-exclusive Play First Trial.