With over 1 million dislikes in less than seven days, YouTube is seeing a lot of traffic driven towards what can now officially be called the most hated video game on it’s website – Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare. Last week, the developers behind the game, Activision, released a statement saying that they weren’t concerned with the unpredictable hate on the game’s release trailer because their pre-orders were “off to a very strong start”, but this was long before it was crowned Public Enemy Number One.
Based on the comments beneath the new trailer, most of the hate seems to be directed at one of two things, the first of which being the new game setting. The trailer eludes to the fact the one of the most popular war-FPS games of all time will be moving it’s battle into space and beyond; an environment which people feel has already been done and perfected in the Halo franchise. The second reason seems to be the fact Infinite Warfare is coming bundled with a remastered edition of one of the greatest video games of all time, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, but only at the cost of $80 – and NOT sold separately.
At the time of posting, the trailer currently has 14 million views, 259k likes and a whopping 1.16 dislikes, making it the eighth most disliked video on YouTube. However, there is no doubt in our minds that within HOURS of publishing this news article it will surpass Nicki Minaj’s Anaconda. To put this into perspective, the last Call of Duty to get this much hate on it’s release trailer was Black Ops III, which actually went on to become one of it’s best selling games – this trailer has 15 times more dislikes already. What’s more, the launch trailer for Infinite Warfare has four times the amount of dislikes than the last seven CoD games… COMBINED.
The game, which will be released on the 4th of November 2016, already has the entire world talking, but we’ll give the final word to Activision as they discuss the amount of negative attention their trailer is receiving; “First of all, you gotta love the passion of gamers. This is an industry like no other and a fan base like no other. We love that our fans treat this franchise like their own and have such strong points of view about it. There just aren’t many entertainment franchises on earth that can generate the kind of passion that Call of Duty can… and that’s a good thing”.
However, in a period of strong hatred for one FPS game, another rises from the ashes as DICE released the trailer for their hotly anticipated game, Battlefield 1. The two games will no doubt be battling it out for victory as they go head-to-head at the end of the year – but if YouTube dislikes are anything to go by, has Battlefield already won?!