Blacklight dev calls Call of Duty Elite “sad”, “weird” and “jerk”-like

Friday, 10th June 2011 03:48 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Jared Gerritzen, lead designer on Zombie Studios’ upcoming free-to-play shooter Blacklight: Retribution, has called Activision a bunch of jerks for introducing premium service Call of Duty Elite.

“I don’t agree with it,” Gerritzen told Gamasutra.

“Right now, if they could, they’d charge 60 bucks, then 20 bucks a month for a map pack – or even just one map – and then $9 to upload game movies to YouTube.

“They see this massive fan base, and why aren’t they spending that money and evolving the game even more?”

Although he admits the Call of Duty series is “amazing”, Gerritzen said Activision hadn’t done anything new with the games for at least four iterations.

“That’s the sad part. Think about if they tried to spend that money that they’re trying to milk from the fans,” he said.

“It’s sad. It’s really weird. But there’s always going to be that guy; there’s always going to be the jerk.”

Activision recently detailed Call of Duty Elite’s feature set.



  1. JimFear-666

    this guy is right.
    Nothing more to say.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. HauntaVirus

    Well I think Zombie Studios is sad, weird and “cock”-like because Blacklight blows HARD.

    I agree with what they said about COD Elite though…

    #2 4 years ago
  3. ultramega

    Definitely agreed.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Talkar

    ^#1 this

    #4 4 years ago
  5. onlineatron

    I thought most of Elite was free, essentially all the features existing in games like Halo Reach? I thought the main charge was for a map pack sub; which seems fair to me.

    I dislike the Call of Duty series. I couldn’t get through Black Ops, it felt too ‘on rails’, but I can’t understand the issue people have with Elite. It seems like something that stems from the desire to take COD/Acti down a peg, wanting to see them fail.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. Maximum Payne

    PROBLEM IS:people read premium service and they all like OMG I NEED TO PAY TO PLAY MW3 MP….NO! everything that is announced is free just you have bonus premium model that ISN’T announced and that you need to pay.
    But people are just ignorant when cod is about….

    #6 4 years ago
  7. pukem0n

    arent they making stupid statstics for people that pay, like BF does just for free?

    #7 4 years ago
  8. onlineatron

    Nope, all those are free, EA were playing off the confusion of it all.

    #8 4 years ago
  9. Erthazus

    I agree with everything these guys said.

    Since Modern Warfare 1 it’s stale as fuck.

    MW2 was a clusterfuckness and beyond.

    #9 4 years ago
  10. Dralen

    “They see this massive fan base, and why aren’t they spending that money and evolving the game even more?”

    Totally 100% agree with this statement.

    #10 4 years ago

    How can you agree with that statement when you have no idea whatsoever what MW3 is actually like??

    All the noises coming out of “IW” suggest that they’ve done a whole lot.

    The campaign stuff we’ve seen so far looks amazing.

    The new Spec Ops sounds like it’s going to be really amazing, too. Almost as if it could be a game in itself.

    Then there’s the MP, which no-one knows about yet, so how can anyone say what they have or haven’t done to it?

    People are just making judgements off the graphics engine, which is a bit silly really, because that’s no indication of the quality of the game.

    #11 4 years ago
  12. DSB

    No one reads anything beyond Activision and Infinity Ward, you should know that by now.

    Adding a community component for Halo or MAG is totally awesome, but if you add the same thing to CoD, wow, that’s an insult to the entire gaming community.

    Everybody buys those games, but admitting that you actually enjoy them is just not very chic.

    As someone else quite correctly stated in a different post, people buy it for the same reason that people buy FIFA or Madden. It’s no kind of revolution, but it’s just the head of the class when it comes to gameplay.

    There’s no reason to gamble on a good thing. Changing the engine, adding AI, or otherwise changing the gameplay up is a huge risk, especially when people obviously still enjoy what you got.

    #12 4 years ago
  13. Dralen

    @11 Did you not see the huge ass 10 minute gameplay demo that was released at E3? It looks exactly the same as MW2. It looked pretty boring and uneventful too.

    #13 4 years ago
  14. DSB

    @13 Yeah, no.

    It did look the same as MW2, but it was hardly boring and uneventful.

    Boring and uneventful is endless lines of dialogue, or cows grassing in a field, or two old people eating breakfast in a house with no mortgage.

    Fighting through a destroyed New York with Strykers rolling down the streets and Hinds popping out to shoot at you, not so much.

    #14 4 years ago

    @13: Sure, if you mean that it looked exactly the same because it’s still an FPS, and it’s continuing the same story (being a direct sequel and all), then yeah, it’s ‘exactly‘ the same.

    What were you expecting??


    Unicorns and dinosaurs!?

    Lionel Messi to run onto the screen and challenge you to a quick game of ‘penalties’ using a live grenade!!?

    And as DSB said, it certainly wasn’t “uneventful” by any strecth of the imagination.

    I’ll let you have “boring” though, since that’s an opinion that you’re entitled to… For all I know, you could be some sort of bungie-jumping-while-eating-breakfast-adrenaline-junkie who hunts crocodiles with his bare hands for fun in his spare time.

    However, if that is the case, I’m sure that you’d find all other computer games quite “boring” anyway.

    #15 4 years ago

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