There is a new mainline Duty title every year since 2005, but that will apparently change next year. Activision Blizzard slows down a Duty title slated to be released in 2023, according to Bloomberg’s Jason Schreier.
Activision is pushing the game, which Schreier says is being developed by Call of Duty Black Ops creator Treyarch, after last year’s annual release, Call of Duty: Vanguard, did not meet expectations. That led executives to “suspect it was cannibalized by the previous year’s game,” Schreier reports. A recent SEC filing said that: Forefront fell short of Activision’s fourth-quarter forecasts.
However, it appears that Activision may have other Duty contents. The 2022 title, which Activision has already announced, will follow on from 2019 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, gets “a steady stream of additional content,” says Schreier. There is also a new free-to-play online game that will also be available in 2023, and it looks like this will be in addition to the eventual release of Warzone 2a game that Schreier mentioned in a tweet†
A new premium Call of Duty has been released every year since 2005. Next year’s offering will include a new free-to-play game and content for Warzone 2 and Modern Warfare from 2022.— Jason Schreier (@jasonschreier) February 22, 2022
“We have an exciting array of premium and free-to-play Call of Duty experiences for this year, next year and beyond,” Activision spokesman Neil Wood said in a statement. “Reports from anything else are incorrect. We look forward to sharing more details when the time is right.”
Activision has released the first details about the Modern Warfare sequel and a “new” war zone experience” (which may be the Warzone 2 Schreier mentioned) earlier in February, and both are slated to release this year. While Activision said they will be “designed together from the ground up,” it’s unclear whether the new war zone is a full sequel or major update to the existing game. Both will be powered by a new engine.
Activision has come under heavy scrutiny for its California lawsuit alleging it has a culture of “constant sexual harassment” and labor protests from staffers, including some who work on Duty† Microsoft announced in January that it had signed a deal to acquire the company for $68.7 billion, though the deal isn’t expected to close until sometime in Microsoft’s fiscal year 2023, which begins in July.
Update February 22, 7:40 PM ET: Added statement from Activision.