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 will 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 won’t have anything to get their teeth into.
- No new Call of Duty in 2023?
- Warzone, Mobile and surprises…
No new Call of Duty in 2023?
It’s 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 coming to an end. For a long time great mistress of the genre, the Activision license has been losing 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 work as they would have liked.
In Activision’s annual report filed w/ SEC on Friday, the company says Vanguard’s sales didn’t meet expectations because of the WWII setting + not enough innovation.
Says this year’s game will correct those w/ modern setting and innovation. There’s 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 encouraged the box 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 February report brought to our attention by Bloomberg reporter Jason Schreier. Again, the information is to be taken with a grain of salt, but the feedback on Vanguard and the fact that Treyarch (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 low 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, the game is expected to offer, as usual, updates spread over time. Especially since Activision sells 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 long term. And then there’s also Warzone, which will continue to receive new content on a regular basis, as will Call of Duty Mobile. But the financial results for the second quarter of 2022 suggest that there will also be other novelties in 2023.
Across the Call of Duty ecosystem, teams are well positioned to support these launches with substantial live operations while continuing to develop new premium content planned for 2023 and beyond.
We are well advanced… What is this content? “premium” What does Activision tell 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 other than that, it’s hard to say what Activision is up to. From what we know, this new content could just as well refer to simple packs to buy in Warzone 2.0 or Modern Warfare 2. However, said so, we tend to hope for something more substantial. Maybe the return of paid DLCs? Or a spin-off, like the one fans of Zombies mode 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 despite everything.