Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3- A Must Have Game For Sony's NGP
The year's biggest game belongs on Sony's newest portable system.
Jack Tretton, President and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment of America, once told us the company refused to pay third parties for exclusives. His remark was less about the publisher's corporate strategy and more of a dig at Microsoft, which paid Rockstar 50 million dollars for the Grand Theft Auto 4 downloadable content, DLC that eventually appeared on PlayStation 3 anyway.
To this day, we still don't know if what Tretton said was true. It's sometimes tough sifting through PR speak and genuine statements.
That said, Sony should do whatever it takes to put Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 on the Next Generation Portable (NGP), even if it means giving Activision's Bobby Kotick a foot massage or just a variety of exotic rubs.
Call of Duty is somewhat of a strange beast when it comes to portable systems. Activision released Call of Duty: Roads to Victory on PSP in 2007 and the franchise never returned to Sony's platform.
Why did Activision abandon the PSP? It certainly had nothing to do with shoehorning the biggest console series onto portables. After all, the DS continues to receive support. There's even a DS version of last year's Call of Duty: Black Ops with online play.
Whatever the reason (PSP's unimpressive sales, Sony's bumbling), NGP is a much more attractive platform, with a gorgeous five-inch touch screen and the holy grail of portable gaming, two analog sticks.
It also helps that the device is just a smidge less powerful than PlayStation 3, and publishers have already praised Sony for making the process of porting a game from PS3 to NGP a relatively easy process.
Bottom line, the NGP (rumored to debut this fall) needs to launch alongside a portable version of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, which hits store shelves November 8. This would instantly vault Sony's machine to the top of the sales charts, as fans would flood stores to pair the year's hottest tech with the biggest game.
With this in mind, we can't stop thinking about the option of having a console quality experience on the go, with ambitious features for cross platform play (between PS3 and NGP) and the possibility of transferring profiles between systems, allowing us to gain experience and unlock new weapons away from home. This would also spare everyone the agony of playing what could be a crude DS version, if such a thing exists; the logical next step is to move the franchise to 3DS.
On that note, we strongly urge Sony and Activision to make this happen. If NGP hits shelves costing $299.99 alongside a new Wipeout and Hot Shots Golf, there's no way we'll buy one.
If, on the other hand, there's a gorgeous portable version of Modern Warfare 3...day one purchase.
Get it done.