In light of Activision stating that this year’s Call of Duty entry will be a “full annual premium release“, reports from both Bloomberg’s Jason Schreier and Insider Gaming claimed that the 2023 title would be year two of Modern Warfare 2 DLC. Now, Insider Gaming has corrected its report by stating that this year’s game will actually be a full release and not premium DLC like previous reports suggested.
According to the latest adjusted report from Insider Gaming (which was then corroborated by Call of Duty insider CharlieIntel), 2023’s Call of Duty will be a full release but it’s currently without a name. The project apparently began development at Sledgehammer Games as an expansion for Modern Warfare 2 before evolving into a full premium experience.
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Schreier would later jump in and corroborate the report too, revealing some new information regarding the game’s development. Treyarch’s next Call of Duty game was originally planned to launch in 2023, but the studio made the decision to delay it to 2024. Sledgehammer Games would develop more Modern Warfare content to fill in the blanks, which was initially meant to be an expansion for 2022’s entry.
At some point in development, this shifted to a full premium game and that’s how Activision will frame it this year. It’s understood that while Sledgehammer Games is at the forefront of development, this is a huge collaborative project across all of Activision’s Call of Duty studios.
Additionally, this year’s Call of Duty – being framed as a full release – will include the standard 2 weekend beta, a full-blown marketing campaign and early access to the main campaign similar to what Infinity Ward did with Modern Warfare 2. The final detail offered by the report claims that it will be a continuation of Modern Warfare 2‘s story.
Since it’s still unnamed, it’s possible that the game might’ve evolved into a potential Modern Warfare 3, though that’s just speculation on our part. It will likely still don the Modern Warfare 2 subtitle but tag it as a new experience.
As with all reports, take this with a pinch of salt for now. However, all of these sources are credible enough to invest some trust in.
Source: Insider Gaming