Call of Duty will not have a new installment in 2023; change of plans and possible delay

The next Call of Duty video game developed by Treyarch (Black Ops) will not be released in 2023, as initially planned, but in 2024, according to sources advanced by Bloomberg. Journalist Jason Schreier reported at midnight this Wednesday on a historic event; not only because of the possible delay itself, pending confirmation by Activision, but because in that case it will be the first time since 2005 without a new installment of Call of Duty . With all that this implies at the level of billing in the sector. Let’s find out what’s going on with that next CoD.

So it is with Call of Duty: new game in 2022; hiatus in 2023 and the purchase of Microsoft

“Call of Duty will skip a year”, sentenced the North American journalist in his message with what could be one of the most important news items for next year. While things seem to be moving along with Call of Duty 2022, with Infinity Ward at the controls giving color and shape to Modern Warfare 2, in the Treyarch offices the situation is very different.

The Californian subsidiary of Activision based in Santa Monica is experiencing problems and, according to the information, the decision to delay Call of Duty 2023 is totally independent of Microsoft. Call of Duty Vanguard (2021, Treyarch) had a commercial performance below that desired by the American publisher.Call of Duty: Vanguard

Call of Duty: Vanguard has sold less than expected.

In the offices of Bobby Kotick and the rest of the directors of Activision Blizzard there is concern that several deliveries are cannibalizing each other. In this particular case, Call of Duty: Warzone (2020, Raven Software, Infinity Ward) got it right both in time and formula with its free-to-play strategy —free with in-app purchases; game as a service—. It was launched at the start of the pandemic and slammed down the $60-$70 entry barrier.

What will happen to Call of Duty in 2023?

At this point, the question that Call of Duty fans can ask themselves is what will happen to the saga in 2023. Bloomberg maintains that Activision is already planning how to overcome this commercial “void” that Call of Duty would leave during the last quarter of next year. Currently, the idea is to offer “a constant flow of additional content” from Call of Duty 2022; that is, turning that Modern Warfare 2 from Infinity Ward into a 24-month title and not a 12-month title.

Dan Bunting, co-head of Call of Duty at Treyarch, resigned in November 2021 after being accused of sexual harassment.

Call of Duty 2022 will offer a “new generation” experience in 2022 with a traditional premium title, with Infinity Ward at the controls and a new graphics engine. On the other, Call of Duty: Warzone 2, also led by Infinity Ward and presumably for the new generation of consoles exclusively with changes in its battle royale formula.

Will the next Call of Duty come out on PlayStation?

Regarding the next Call of Duty after the agreement to purchase Microsoft by Activision, the initial idea is that the saga continue on PlayStation at minus three more deliveries. Microsoft has assured this same month of February in the voice of its president, Brad Smith, that “Microsoft will continue to make Call of Duty and other popular Activision Blizzard titles available on PlayStation during the term of any existing agreement with Activision.” p>

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (2019) was a critical and commercial success. Activision will look to replicate that momentum in 2022 with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.