Kotick didn't answer the Call
The Switch is, and continues to be a major success for Nintendo. Following the missteps of the Wii U, the Switch has managed to climb to over 125 million units sold worldwide, and it’s still growing. Countless publishers have sold millions of units of software on the platform, but one game you won’t find pulling in sales is Call of Duty.
From the Switch’s launch to now, Activision Blizzard hasn’t released a single Call of Duty game on the platform. That’s pretty hard to believe, especially when you remember that Activision Blizzard brought Call of Duty to the DS, Wii, and Wii U. Why did Activision Blizzard skip out? Activision boss Bobby Kotick explains in a statement shared during the Microsoft Vs. FTC legal battle, and you can read it below. (h/t VGC)
“I made a bad judgement. When I had seen the prototype of the Switch, it was different then when I saw the prototype of the Wii [and] I thought it was the most extraordinary video game system ever created.
When I saw the prototypes for Switch, I was concerned because they were trying to accomplish a lot with a console that also had a portable capability. I didn’t think it was going to be wildly successful.
It’s probably the second most successful video game system of all time, so it was a bad decision on my part.”
With a statement like that, you’d think Call of Duty would be a lock for whatever hardware Nintendo releases after Switch. Kotick shared comment on that as well, and it seems like there’s interest, but he wasn’t willing to fully commit.
“Like I said, I think once we get the detailed specifications—we missed out on the opportunity on this past generation with Switch—so I would like to think we’d be able to do that, but we’ll have to wait until then”.
What a load of crap. Bobby didn't want Nintendo because Nintendo platforms were too weak and kiddy and not-hardcore nevermind Activision having the top Wii shooters and would-have-been top shooter Black Ops 2 on Wii U (if Nintendo's Wii U didn't die out at the market).
They balked at bringing the Crash trilogy to Switch believing Switch couldn't run it. The developer proved Bobby wrong and showed how out-of-touch Activision's management is.
But in all honesty, I'd prefer CoD staying off Nintendo platforms. Activison is far past its prime and is a predator using mictrotransactions with poor customer service. If you're not giving them 10,000 dollars a day sweating in their games, they don't want you. Splatoon 2/3 became my shooter fix since Activison didn't want me as a customer.