Much has been said about the possibility of the Call of Duty franchise no longer having annual releases, and now new information is emerging from Bloomberg’s Jason Scheier.
We’ve seen annual releases since 2005 with Call of Duty 2, but according to information gathered by Scheier, Activision’s AAA, now Microsoft’s, won’t be released in 2023.
“Activision is working on other projects to fill the gap next year. The Call of Duty game, which comes out this fall, will receive a steady stream of additional content, and there will be a new free online title next year,” people said. According to people, Treyarch, the Activision studio working on the now-delayed game, will also help with the free-to-play game.”
Scheier also mentioned on Twitter that Activision’s top management is worried about all these annual releases, which somehow cannibalize each other.
This decision was made completely independently of Microsoft. Call of Duty Vanguard underperformed and Activision executives have been concerned about the games cannibalizing one another, sources say.