So, it has been my opinion for awhile now, that the new additions that seemed (at the risk of being criticized for using this term) “CoD-like” were all part of a very strategical move by 343. The end goal being to attract a large part of the mainstream community (in other words, CoD or BF fans) while hoping to keep their existing fan base.
Let’s brake it down
By adding custom loadouts, infinity slayer reward drops, RPG-esque progression system, unlockable guns, skins etc., it’s safe to say 343 is attracting some new fans. If you’re familiar with the average CoD fan, they don’t really think about the balance between weapons and other aspects of the game, they simply get excited at newer, bigger, crazier weapons and new additions, no matter what the impact on the game is. (I really sincerely hope i’m not offending people by saying this. remember, i said “average CoD fan” not all of them.) So, what seems unbalanced, might seem attractive to those types of gamers.
Here is a quote from a Youtube comment on a video of Black Ops 2:
> Rushed This game didn’t even have a Year to be developed with This game Sucks and Is another Clone from Cod Halo 4 wins guys just face it…
> Lormosful 33 minutes ago
so, the grammar sucks, and its not entirely true that they only made the game in a year, but the thing to take away from it is that people are recognizing that CoD is rushed and stale and are leaning towards Halo. (Look, i know this could well be a Halo fan, but still, its worth noting i think)
So, they’ve attracted other fans…but those additions don’t sit well with some of the existing community. (this is where most of my speculations come into play. these are not facts. I however think them to be very probable)
343 have confirmed classic playlist(s). However, i think they will extend far more than the Halo Reach one. I think you’ll see games where you can’t choose custom loadouts, where there are no armour abilities, where there are no armour mods etc. Gametypes that resemble halo 3’s style of play (or even halo CE or halo 2 for that matter).
So, in conclusion, if 343 add enough options for their existing fans who are opposed to the changes, and attract enough new fans, they will have made an extremely successful game.
Let me know what you think of my ideas and please expand upon them if you have anything to add.
Disclaimer: Everything above is my personal opinions or my own speculations