Should Battlefield Be Threatened By The New Call of Duty?

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As a former Call of Duty player turned Battlefield player, Call of Duty's latest move puzzles me.  In my opinion, the last good Call of Duty installment was Modern Warfare 3 back in 2011. Ever since then, I have never been able to get hooked on a Call of Duty game.  

My gripe with the series, was their blantant attempt to outdo themselves and go bigger with each installment. It started to feel like a gimmick. This used to be a brutal series about the pains and consequences of war, but if you happen to play Infinite Warfare at all, you're flying around with jetpacks and shooting robots.  What the hell happened to this game?  

Back in October I made the best purchase of my life: Battlefield 1. What have I been missing all this time? I heard great things about the Battlefield series, but I had never expected a game to as enjoyable as it was/is. I still play the game daily after 6 months. 

As just about every Battlefield player does, I shun Call of Duty players and mock them for their poor life choices. Perhaps as I new Battlefield player, I'm not quite allowed to do this yet, but it feels so damn good.  

Now that i've commited myself to be a Battlefielder for life, of course new photos are leaked of Sledgehammer's newest Installment: Call of Duty WWII. It looks like the series is taking its players back to what made the game great in the first place. 

Do I dare dabble back into Call of Duty?  

Dice Creative Director Lars Gustavsson doesn't seem too worried, however. In a recent interview with GamesRadar, he stated that shooters returning to historical settings is "healthy competition."

"I think it’s just like Usain Bolt; if you’re running your race, yes, you should be aware of what other people are doing but you need to focus on your lane and do your race. If someone would go to the same era, I welcome them. We’re all gamers and Battlefield wouldn’t be what it was without all the great game makers out there. Since that's what inspires us, that’s what we play when we get home. I think it’s healthy competition and inspiration [which] is just good for everyone. It’s not a negative. But we’ll see. I’m looking forward to seeing what happens in times to come."

In regards to my previous question as to whether or not i'd dabble back in Call of Duty. I definitely won't be buying the game when it comes out. Unless the reviews are absolutely insane, I think i'm sticking with Battlefield for life. Once you go Battlefield you never go back... or something like that.

What do you guys think? Would you ever go back OR start playing Call of Duty? Let me know in the comments. 

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Jon enjoys long walks on the beach and a nice pair of slacks. In his free time you may find him at a concert in Brooklyn or a craft beer bar.
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