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Call of Duty: Black Ops II is "tired" says EA product manager

EA has responded to Black Ops II announcement, saying the game should "take a year off and rest"

Electronic Arts global product manager Kevin O'Leary has taken to Twitter to comment on the announcement of Black Ops II. O'Leary believes that the game is not looking so hot, insisting that the series should take a break for a year.

"Poor [Black Ops II], you look tired, you should take a year off and rest," he wrote on Twitter.

The comments from an EA employee mirror past actions made by others towards the Call of Duty franchise, particularly as the Modern Warfare 3 verus Battlefield 3 showdown was heating up. EA is currently working to launch another one of its major FPS franchises, Medal of Honor: Warfighter, to be released a month before the next Call of Duty.

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Latest comments (13)

James Brightman Editor, North America, GamesIndustry.biz5 years ago
Translation: we're jealous of Black Ops' sales and would actually like to sell some copies of Medal of Honor this fall.
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Christopher Bowen Editor in Chief, Gaming Bus5 years ago
Personally, I love that Electronic Arts is saying Call of Duty is tired. EA! Kings of the yearly sequel!

Granted, I think he's right. But if this guy told me the sky was blue, I'd look outside to verify.
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Interesting commentary. Looks like fun and games
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Devante Adams designer 5 years ago
I have been thinking the same thing in regards to every EA sequential release for the last 5-10 years. EA are just angry that there isn't a license for FPS games that they can buy that prevents other games developers from developing that genre of game (look what they have done to sports games).
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Tameem Antoniades Creative Director & Co-founder, Ninja Theory Ltd5 years ago
Yo mama's so fat...
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Lewis Brown Snr Sourcer/Recruiter, Electronic Arts5 years ago
.....if she fell over and broke her leg gravy would poor out.....bonus points if you can name the film thats quoted from?
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Terence Gage Freelance writer 5 years ago
Don't Be A Menace To South Central While Drinking Your Juice In The Hood? Or failing that, one of the Scary/Date/Epic Movie types? Definitely sounds like a Wayans bros. comment though.

Anyway, EA man tries to belittle the latest Call of Duty release. I'm getting deja vu...
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Rick Lopez Illustrator, Graphic Designer 5 years ago
I agree with this article.
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Lewis Brown Snr Sourcer/Recruiter, Electronic Arts5 years ago
Terence...Good Call and your not far off.....Ill throw a Basketball into the mix too see if that clue helps.....
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Weston Sohlden5 years ago
@Lewis Hahaha. I see what you did there.
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Morville O'Driscoll Blogger & Critic 5 years ago
@ Lewis

White Men Can't Jump. I used to love that movie... That and NBA Jam on the Megadrive got me playing basketball. :)
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Joshua Rose Executive Producer / Lead Designer, Storm Eagle Studios5 years ago
Full Translation: Wait, no!!! Not Yet!!!! We're not ready!!!

I think it's funny when rival publishers come out and make comments like this. Who do they think they're fooling? I mean really... Do something original.

Publisher to publisher rivalries are good for the consumer, don't get me wrong. But at what point do consumers actually take marketing gimmicks like this seriously?
"Poor [Black Ops II], you look tired, you should take a year off and rest,"
I guess they're implying the series has been overused after one release a couple years ago? Hmm, okay lets look at the EA track record on sequals. Mass Effect 1-3, Battlefield 1-3, then you have Battlefield: Bad Company, Then Bad Company 2. Am I missing anything else as of late?

Here's my take on an EA to Activision phonecall

EA: Hey, is this Kettle?
Activision: Yes. To whom am I speaking with?
EA: This is pot.
Activision: Oh hey pot, how's it going.
EA: You're black.
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Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys! 5 years ago
Ah, rivalries. I say just let them fight it out at retail and see what happens. I expect daily brag posts based on everything from pre-orders, who has the most celebs at the midnight launch parties and which reviews get posted first that have the highest score for each title.

*Sigh* What's that Rodney King quote again?
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