The time has come for someone to get into the coveted arena of multiplayer that is domination by COD titles. If any game had a chance this would be it. Other games have severely failed in attracting new customers to the multiplayer arena. I'm hoping the UBISOFT team reviews some of these suggestions.
The first step. Admit that COD rules. Once that's done, avoid focusing on Activision, but focus on the people that play the game. That's your sample size for likes and dislikes.
New publishers want to be different in their multiplayer offering. The solution - is don't do that. Go with what works. Go with what the masses like. A publishers end goal is revenue, so do what needed to a achieve that. COD has set the standard and the masses approve. Learn from that.
Hit detection - Realism is good thing, but not when applied to shooting mechanics. COD is not realistic by any means and that's a great thing. EASE OF PLAY. The weapons are steady and sway is extremely minimal. Hits needed for a kill are few. This makes it easy to play and avoids frustration. Some other multiplayer shooters (prefer not to mention names) are extremely frustrating. Its hard to shoot, aim & you need half a clip just to get a kill. If your opponent (a good player) starts strafing, then getting a kill is impossible especially for a beginner.
Intuitive spawning - Spawn where the safest player is, instead of choosing locations (depends on game mode)
Focus on Team Death match - Keep teams 6 v 6. Whether you like it or not. Its the most popular game mode out there. If you get that right, then other games modes will also share some of the success
Avoid exclusive deals for releasing DLC content. DLC content should release on all consoles at the same time.
I remember playing rainbow six vegas 2 multiplayer a long time ago. The servers were really bad, but I can honestly say I really enjoyed it. Of course several improvements are needed, but this is the title that will hopefully change the multiplayer market. Its a big pie, so feel free to take a big bite out of it. I can hardly wait.
If you have comments or thoughts on my suggestions please share.