Activision will not be released every year Call of Duty title in 2023, marking the first time the series has had no new games since 2005, a new report suggests.
Based on Bloomberg, citing multiple unnamed sources familiar with the project, Activision is pointing to “a recent entry” in the series that hasn’t performed as well as the publisher wanted as the reason for the delay. The game is unnamed, but to be honest, it’s probably Vanguard, the right? The game’s launch sales are down 40% compared to CoD games in 2020 – and that’s a pretty drastic drop.
So what would fill that huge Call of Duty-sized hole in the gaming industry over the course of 12 months instead? According to Bloomberg, Activision is instead working on a free-to-play Call of Duty title that will be released next year. along with the new entry coming out this fall. The free-to-play title is most likely similar to the ‘new Warzone’ experience the company has previously hinted at. Bloomberg states that this other title will “receive a steady stream of additional content”.
It is reported that Treyarch will lead the development of the free-to-play game in 2022.
Activision responded to the Bloomberg article by saying, “We have a range of premium and free-to-play free-to-play Call of Duty experiences for this year, next year and beyond. We look forward to sharing. share more details when the time is right.” Note that there is no outright denial of the statements in the Bloomberg article here. It should be noted that staff at the publishing house took note their wish for the series to drop its annual routine – and now it seems their wishes are coming true.
In the short term, we can expect Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 to be “built from the ground up” by its developer, Infinity Ward. This game – and some of the next Call of Duty titles, whenever they come out – will be available on both Xbox and PlayStation platforms, despite Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision which took place earlier this year.
Let’s not let any of this distract us from the clouds hanging over Activision Blizzard; more than 20 employees of Activision Blizzard have been laid off from the company since the ongoing sexual harassment lawsuit was first filed and the state of California accused Activision Blizzard of “withholding” and “suppressing” evidence in connection with the case, and raised a formal objection to Activision Blizzard’s $18 million payment with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
https://www.vg247.com/call-of-duty-2023-delayed-report No new Call of Duty in 2023 – report