Update: Activision has reached out to IGN about reports that the 2023 Call of Duty release is delayed to 2024.
“We have a wide range of premium and free-to-play Call of Duty experiences for this year, next year and beyond. Reports of anything else are incorrect. We look forward to sharing more details when the time is right. “
IGN reached out to Activision to ask if this is a direct denial of claims in the Bloomberg section that specifically the big November 2023 Call of Duty release will be delayed to 2024, and Will update this story accordingly.
The typical annual Call of Duty release scheduled for 2023 is said to have been delayed to 2024.
Based on Bloomberg, sources familiar with the matter said, the executive in charge of the franchise made the decision early after “recent entry for the series fell short of expectations”, leading them to believe the annual release timeline Call of Duty’s current is too fast. The decision is said to be unrelated to Microsoft’s recent publisher purchaseand the Call of Duty release in 2022 still on the right track.
“Recent entries” most likely Call of Duty: Vanguard, faced release competition with Battlefield 2042 this past holiday season, as well as Call of Duty: Warzone is free to play. ONE previous reports note that Vanguard’s sales also dropped as players grew tired of Call of Duty’s constant release rhythm, making them less interested in buying a new item every year.
The annual Call of Duty release is traditionally one of the biggest earners in gaming, often topped the US sales charts at launch and remains in the top 10 year round. With the large revenue gap now dwindling, Activision is reportedly working on other projects to fill the gap, such as ongoing content for the 2022 Call of Duty release and a game new, unannounced free online.
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An interesting note is that this means that Call of Duty players on PlayStation can stick with the series on their console of choice for a little longer, like Microsoft reported that they want to release the next three games (Call of Duty 2022, 2024 and Warzone 2) on all platforms after the acquisition.
Rebekah Valentine is a news reporter for IGN. You can find her on Twitter @duckvalentine.
https://www.ign.com/articles/call-of-duty-delayed-first-time-decades The call for next year’s mission has been reported to be postponed to next year