It seems that there won’t be a new Call of Duty coming next yearthus interrupting a fixed appointment that has lasted for almost twenty years (from 2005 onwards): this is supported by Jason Schreier of Bloomberg, citing internal sources. Activision Blizzard (which, we recall, is in a transitional phase after the announcement of the acquisition by Microsoft, pending approval by the various regulatory bodies) would have decided to postpone the launch of the title, about which not much is known yet. (except the studio in charge of the work, Treyarch).
Apparently Activision Blizzard has decided to take some time because of the disappointing results from CoD Vanguard. Note that Vanguard was developed by another studio, Sledgehammer Games. The management suspects that the game has been cannibalized since the previous year; in other words, the news suggests that Activision intends to relax a little the pace of release of the new chapters of its blockbuster, to give everyone a chance to spread adequately.
This that’s not to say there aren’t a whole lot of new Call of Duty coming in the next two years: This year’s main title has already been announced and will be a sequel to 2019’s Modern Warfare, and is expected to receive a sizeable amount of additional content in 2023. Additionally, free-to-play online multiplayer is expected to be released in 2023.
There are also news on the way about “la new Warzone experience“, as Activision said: it is not clear if it will be a real sequel or some sort of expansion of the current title, the fact is that it should come out this year. It should still be based on a new graphics engine, such as the F2P game, and it is also expected to receive a lot of new content in 2023.
Schreier, an analyst with an excellent reputation in the gaming industry, says the move will have “huge repercussions“both on the franchise and on the entire industry. For the moment, Activision Blizzard has limited itself to saying that the company plans to release a lot of Call of Duty themed content both premium and F2P” for this year, for the next and for the future ones. “- statement that neither denies nor confirms the indiscretion, however.