Game news No Call of Duty 2023, but a “premium” surprise for fans of Activision’s shooter?
If Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and Warzone 2.0 land this year, Activision should take a break next year to better understand the rest of its legendary license. But that doesn’t mean Call of Duty fans don’t have something to sink their teeth into.
- No new Call of Duty in 2023?
- Warzone, Mobile and surprises…
No new Call of Duty in 2023?
It has been more than 15 years (since Call of Duty 2) that CoD has arrived every year to the delight of FPS players. But this beautiful era may soon be over. For a long time, great mistress of the genre, the Activision license has lost its splendor for some time. If it can count on its Battle Royale Warzone to do well, the same can hardly be said for the latest installment in the franchise, Call of Duty: Vanguard. From the admissions of the Activision teams themselves, the game did not perform as they would have liked.
In Activision’s annual report filed with the SEC on Friday, the company says Vanguard’s sales fell short of expectations due to the WWII setting + not enough innovation.
Says this year’s game will set them straight with modern settings and innovation. There are 3,000 people working on CoD. pic.twitter.com/hYNv5vY44Q
— CharlieIntel (@charlieINTEL) May 2, 2022
For Activision, it’s a poor performance that would have even prompted the box office to make a historic decision: take a year off by not releasing another Call of Duty in 2023. At least that’s what we’ve been hearing since the beginning of the year. This persistent rumor, which has yet to be confirmed, is based on a report from February brought to the attention of Bloomberg reporter Jason Schreier. Again, the information should be taken with a grain of salt, but the feedback on Vanguard and the fact that Treyarch (who was supposed to work on the game) has been put on another project, free-to-play, makes it all more than plausible. But that doesn’t mean 2023 will be a down year for Activision’s license.
Warzone, Mobile and surprises…
First of all, latecomers or those who waited for Christmas will be able to try their hand at Moder Warfare 2. In addition, as usual, the game is expected to offer updates spread over time. Especially since Activision is selling us “the beginning of a new era for the Call of Duty franchise” at the end of the year. We can therefore expect great ambitions in the longer term. And then there’s also Warzone, which will continue to receive new content on a regular basis, just like Call of Duty Mobile. But the financial results for the second quarter of 2022 suggest that there will be other news in 2023 as well.
Across the Call of Duty ecosystem, teams are well positioned to support these launches with significant live operations while continuing to develop new premium content planned for 2023 and beyond.
We are well advanced… What is this content? “premium” What is Activision telling us? A priori, this term is not used to refer to the new free-to-play in development, especially since historically, Activision uses the term “premium” to talk about paid content. But beyond that, it’s hard to tell what Activision is up to. For all we know, this new content could just as well refer to simple packs to buy in Warzone 2.0 or Modern Warfare 2. But that said, we tend to hope for something more substantial. Maybe return of paid DLCs? Or a spin-off like the one Zombies fans have been waiting for for a long time? The future will bring us the answer to this question, but what is certain is that the year 2023 should therefore offer a lot of things to players after all.