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Much like Madden, Fifa, 7, and NBA 2k; Call of Duty is a yearly franchise players expect to release every year. The current installment of Call of Duty: Vanguard launched last year but sadly for Activision, it didn’t receive the success they hoped. For this years installment we know it’s on a brand new engine and being developed by Infinity Ward. Activision also confirmed the game releases with Warzone 2. Therefore we saw the rumours were true as we were told it’s a sequel to the 2019 reboot of Modern Warfare.

After Microsoft purchased Activision Blizzard, questions got asked about the future of the franchise. Therefore Phil Spencer spoke about it and we can gather he is honoring all agreements and keeping the game multiplatform.

But would Microsoft make any changes to the franchises itself is another question

The future of the franchise

Jason Schreier of Bloomberg reported on this very topic. So what he reports is pretty groundbreaking. It appears that in 2023 we won’t be seeing the next release for the franchise which would have been from Treyarch. He states

For the first time in two decades, Call of Duty will skip a year. Activision has delayed 2023’s game, made by Treyarch, to 2024, sources tell Bloomberg. It’s a shocking move that will have a massive impact on the franchise and the industry.

A new premium Call of Duty has come out every year since 2005. Next year’s offerings will include a new free-to-play game as well as content for Warzone 2 and 2022’s Modern Warfare.

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.

Jason Schreier on the annual break for Call of Duty

It seems the performance of Vanguard and concerns with annual releases over and over are the reasoning. Further in his thread, Jason Schreier shows the Activision response.

We have an exciting slate of premium and free-to-play Call of Duty experiences for this year, next year and beyond. We look forward to sharing more details when the time is right

The Activision response

This is indeed major news for the franchise. What do you think of this step. Is it the right move. Either way we’d love to hear from you.

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