There was quite the mixed reaction to the announcement that the newest entry into the Call of Duty franchise would not feature a single-player campaign. So much so that Reddit user falconbox decided to do the math.
Using the site, PSNProfiles, falconbox looked at the percentage of trophies acquired for both single player and multiplayer of the games since Call of Duty: World at War. Using these percentages gained and tracking based on some well thought out parameters, falconbox got some interesting results.
For every game except Black Ops 3, there was a trophy for completing the first story mission and the last story mission on any difficulty. These are the percentages used in the data. In the case of Black Ops 3, there was no trophy on Regular difficulty for beating the first story mission, so I used the most common story-related trophy (getting a single kill through a wall or obstruction, which was 51.3%).
Unfortunately there’s only multiplayer trophies for 4 of the games, but they all follow a similar trend. I looked at the most common multiplayer trophy which was “easier” and requires a shorter amount of time to obtain (such as reaching rank 10, winning 5 games, or accruing 10 total lifetime kills) and ones that take a bit longer (reaching max rank of 55 or prestiging once).
It can be pointed out though that some players opt to never prestige when reaching rank 55.
- 51.4% of players completed the first mission in the campaign.
- 23.9% of players completed the campaign on any difficulty.
- 46.5% of players who began the campaign actually finished it
- 49.1% of players earned the easiest multiplayer trophy.
- 23.3% of players earned the harder, more time consuming multiplayer trophy.
- 47.4% of players who earned the easy multiplayer trophy earned the harder one
An intriguing fact is that as you get farther into the releases, you can see that the number of players who actually beat the single-player campaign goes down greatly, before rising again for Call of Duty: WWII. With only 10% of players beating the campaign of the previous Black Ops. Overall it roughly seems 35% of players across the franchise, mostly play the single-player campaign.
With some critics saying that Call of Duty is just appealing more to its player base, it now must be questioned will that 35% miss the campaign?
Source – falconbox via Reddit