For a long time, EA was typically considered to be the worst video game publisher around. Between the lazy yearly sports games with few improvements and innovations, big focus on Microtransactions, graveyard of significant developers they killed over the years, forcing developers to work on things they didn't want to work on, forcing developers to crunch, and more. But over the last few years, EA has been working to improve, making microtransactions feel more optional, killing the gambling kind of microtransactions in most of their games, giving some of their studios more time to develop games, producing hit new IP's, focusing on singleplayer only games once again.
Meanwhile, Activision seems to be getting progressively worse. For those who don't know, it was just announced that Toys For Bob, developer of Crash 4 and Spyro Reignited Trilogy, has been moved to Call of Duty support, amid reports ofa round of layoffs at the studio. This comes just months after Activision moved Vicarious Visions, developer of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1+2 and Crash N. Sane Trilogy, to Blizzard to work on a Diablo 2 remaster. This basically means that both Crash and Tony Hawk's Pro Skater are now dead, shortly after they were both successfully revived (sales successes).
The Activision half of Activision blizzard is now entirely focused on CoD. Every single Activision owned studio is working on CoD. I don't think I've ever seen a publisher throw all of their eggs into a single basket like this before. The list of studios now working on CoD:
- Infinity Ward
- Raven Software
- Toys For Bob
- High Moon Studios
- Activision Shanghai