Activision is reportedly skipping a Call of Duty release in 2023, marking the first time that it has skipped an annual release in the series for 20 years. However, the company recently implied that it could still implement paid DLC or a spin-off title to fill in for the lack of a mainline entry next year.
Speaking during its Q2 2022 earnings report, Activision stated, “Across the Call of Duty ecosystem, the teams are well positioned to support these launches with substantial live operations, while also continuing development of new premium content planned for 2023 and beyond.” This comes in light of a Bloomberg report earlier this year that suggested Activision might skip releasing a major Call of Duty title next year.
If Activision’s recent comment at its earning report is accurate, then we might see paid DLC in the form of an expansion next year, possibly for this year’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. Additionally, Activision could also release a spin-off title, including the long-rumoured Call of Duty Zombies game.
Call of Duty has received an annual releases for two decades now, with development duties rotated between three studios: Treyarch, Infinity Ward and Sledgehammer Games. Treyarch mainly delivered the Black Ops series, while Infinity Ward developed the acclaimed Modern Warfare trilogy and new reboots. Sledgehammer, on the other hand, focused its sights on both the future and the past, developing Advanced Warfare, WWII and Vanguard.
Ubisoft shifted its Assassin’s Creed series to from an annual to a two-year long release schedule since Assassin’s Creed Origins, which has given its teams a bit more time to polish and work on more expansive new entries. Hopefully Activision follows in those footsteps and gives the Call of Duty development trio enough breathing room to refresh the first-person shooter franchise and reinvigorate it with some new ideas.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 releases on 28 October 2022 for PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S and PC.
Source: Video Games Chronicle