It's an interesting question: due to the technical issues Call of Duty: Black Ops suffered through, will this have an impact on future CoD releases?
The numbers say no, as Activision's latest billion-dollar blockbuster once again shattered all sorts of sales records. But according to Gamers' Voice Chairman Paul Gibson, it seems a large group of miffed consumers may be passing on this year's Call of Duty iteration. In speaking to Beefjack , Gibson said "a significant number of people won't be buying it [the next CoD] on the basis of what has happened with Black Ops ." He goes on to say that the game consumer rights organization has received so many complaints about bugs in Treyarch's title that it's impossible to count them. Said Gibson:
"Obviously, you’re aware of our issue with Call of Duty: Black Ops. There’s been patches and patches recently, but we are still getting complaints. We are still getting people saying that the game isn’t working; that they can’t get online and that the game’s freezing. You wouldn’t put up with that with anything else. If you bought a DVD, put it in and three quarters of the way it crashed and you couldn’t watch the end of it you’d take it back. You’d take it back to the shop and say this is broken."
He adds that "gamers themselves are not their beta testers" and we shouldn't be paying full price for a game that doesn't work "for the first six or seven months of its release." That may be an exaggeration, but many annoyed gamers definitely still hold a grudge. The question is whether or not this is enough to put any sort of dent in the massive (and some will say blind) CoD following.
Personally, I don't think it's going to matter at all. People forget and hardcore fans are either dismissive or extra forgiving when it comes to flaws.