Update: after the publication of the original news, Activision Blizzard contacted the editorial staff releasing the following statement, which seems to partially deny the previously reported information leaked, claiming that there are new premium and free-to-play Call of Duty games coming for 2022 and 2023:
“We have big plans for new premium and free-to-play Call of Duty experiences for this year, next year and beyond. Reports that contradict this are not true. We will share more details when the time comes.”
According to an indiscretion gathered by Bloomberg, coming from an internal source considered reliable, the call of Duty scheduled for 2023and still unknown, it would be postponed. We are talking about the title that should follow the rumored Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, scheduled for 2022.
In case the news was confirmed by Activision Blizzard, 2023 would be the first year in two decades without a new Call of Duty. The postponement would have been motivated by the failure of Call of Duty: Vanguard, which would have led some executives to review the release plan of the series, which is now considered too fast.
The decision would not be linked to the acquisition by Microsoft, but would have been taken independently by the company.
Activision Blizzard would have several titles in the works to fill the void left by COD: the 2022 edition will be filled with additional content and next year there will be a new game free-to-playwhich will also collaborate with Treyarch, the studio that would be dealing with the postponed Call of Duty.
As already mentioned, the crux of it all was the sales of Call of Duty: Vanguard, according to some executives cannibalized by those of the previous Call of Duty, as well as by the success of Call of Duty: Warzone, which attracted attention. of the players.