There will be no new Call of Duty in 2023, according to a new report. 2022’s game, developed by Infinity Ward and rumoured to be Modern Warfare II, is still expected to launch this year. 2023 would be the first year since 2004 without a Call of Duty launch.
The delay is coming in response to last year’s Vanguard failing to meet expectations, “leading some executives to believe that they’re introducing new versions too rapidly,” according to Jason Schreier at Bloomberg. Treyarch is said to be working on the now-delayed game, and will reportedly be assisting on a new free-to-play online game, separate from Warzone, to help fill the gap in 2023.
Activision Blizzard officially confirmed that this year’s Call of Duty was in development at Infinity Ward earlier this month. The publisher said that “the team is working on the most ambitious plan in franchise history, with industry-leading innovation and a broadly appealing franchise setting”, which matches the tone of earlier reports suggesting that this would be a direct sequel to the recent Modern Warfare.