It’s no secret that Call of Duty struggles to maintain the glory it once found. Ever since Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare’s release back in 2007, we’ve seen a new entry in the series every year, and the player fatigue is beginning to manifest after almost a decade.
According to GitHyp, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare on PC is the strongest sign of the series’ impending decline. Whereas last year’s Call of Duty: Black Ops III comfortably racked up 63.681 players on its most successful day during launch week, Infinite Warfare struggled to reach 15.2800 players on its best day. That’s but a fourth of what its predecessor managed to rack up.
Now, do keep in mind that the PC version is split into two different versions or groups, if you will: those who get the game on Steam, and those who claim their copy through the Windows Store. Much to the dismay of the players, these servers are completely separate from one another, which is downright ridiculous for a franchise this massive.
It’s likely that Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare did a tad better when combining the players on both Steam and Windows, but to be fair, it still wouldn’t reach Black Ops III’s solid numbers. The series has seen a decline in sales and popularity as the years went on, and it’s quite feasible that the general public has finally had enough of the Call of Duty franchise for the time being.
When the newest Call of Duty isn’t to the player’s liking, some tend to return to the previous title and stick with that until a new entry delivers some improvements. However, that no longer seems to be the case with Black Ops III, which has lost 86% of its players in just a year. Maybe the masses took exclusively to the Modern Warfare remaster?
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare is available now on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Steam and the Windows Store.