Activision won’t be releasing an annual Call of Duty title in 2023, marking the first time the series has gone without a new game since as far back as 2005, a new report suggests.
According to Bloomberg, citing multiple unnamed sources familiar with the project, Activision is pointing towards “a recent entry” in the series not performing as well as the publisher would like as the reason for the delay. The game isn’t named, but let’s be honest, it’s probably Vanguard, right? The game’s launch sales were down 40% compared to 2020’s CoD game – and that’s a pretty hardcore slump.
So what is going to fill that giant Call of Duty-sized hole in the middle of the gaming industry for a full 12 months, instead? Well, according to Bloomberg, Activision is instead working on a free-to-play Call of Duty title that will be released next year to go alongside the new entry due this fall. This free-to-play title could very well be something akin to the ‘new Warzone’ experience that the company has hinted at before. Bloomberg asserts that this other title will “receive a steady stream of additional content”.