Picture it. A Call Of Duty theme park. It might be hard to imagine, but there was a time during the twenty-year-long history of the franchise that the concept for one floated across the desk of Activision president Rob Kostich.
In an interview with VentureBeat, as the shooter franchise prepares to celebrate its 20th anniversary, Kostich reflected on some of the wilder ideas pitched to the company – and one included the potential for a theme park. “We’ve looked at a lot of those things,” said Kostich. “We’ve looked at multimedia. We’ve had proposals on theme parks.”
Ultimately, the green light for a theme park based on the Call Of Duty franchise never materialised. “Throughout the years, we’ve always got the most benefit when we just focused on our core gameplay. We’re still, I would say, mostly focused on how many people can we get to enjoy playing Call of Duty around the world.”
“What are the business models? What is the gameplay? What are the things that we have to do to make sure it’s really accessible and really fun for every type of player around the world? Ultimately, engagement in our game is by far the biggest thing that drives our success.””
So, its doubtful a theme park inspired by Call Of Duty will arrive at Disneyland Paris or Thorpe Park in the foreseeable future. However, the shooter franchise was, at one time, considering challenging the Marvel Cinematic Universe with the competition of one of their own. Inspired by the Black Ops and Modern Warfare sub-series, it was reported by Gamespot at the time that a Call Of Duty cinematic universe could have become an actuality.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare III will launch on Friday, November 10, 2023, across the PS5, PS4, Xbox One and Series consoles, and PC.