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Call of Duty: Ghosts multiplayer is doing about half the player numbers of Black Ops II on Steam

Call of Duty: Ghosts and a long drop.

There are parts of the Call of Duty release mechanism that function perfectly, regardless of the game it happens to be launching. We didn't like it so much in our Call of Duty: Ghosts review when it arrived, but it was declared the third-biggest UK launch of the year and already destined for a sequel.

But you can only artificially sustain the momentum of an iffy game for so long. Call of Duty: Ghosts wasn’t very good, and its multiplayer component doesn’t seem to have held the attention of its players. Today, Call of Duty: Ghosts’ multiplayer entertained just barely half the players Black Ops II did on Steam.

Steam stats reveal that 4,574 players had Call of Duty: Ghosts’ multiplayer client running at its peak today. That’s not bad; they’re almost identical numbers to those Kerbal Space Program is doing, for instance.

But 9,040 CoD fans were playing Black Ops II instead - Ghosts’ immediate predecessor. And both Modern Warfare 2 and 3 are doing better numbers than Ghosts - at 4,781 and 6,253 players during peak times respectively.

Ghosts looks to have split the CoD community like never before. The process began immediately after launch, when Call of Duty: Ghosts’ multiplayer launch figures appeared to be down about 30% from Black Ops II on Steam.

A couple of months ago we wrote about why Call of Duty’s audience is collapsing, and what Activision might do about it. Do you have any ideas of your own?

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Honestly this doesn't surprise me one bit. The PC version of Ghosts is terrible on top of Ghosts being generally terrible.

IW really did fuck up this time.

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Of course CoD's audience is collapsing, ever since CoD4 they've been going the opposite way of what made it a good series, catering to the "bro's" rather than gamers and we all know how long the attention span of the average "bro" is.

There's currently still more folks playing CoD4 (on the PC at least) than every other CoD after that :-/ That should be a dead give-away. But who am I to tell them what to do, I only played 2000 hours of CoD4 and about 1500 hours of CoD 1 & 2.

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