While Activision has yet to fully reveal this year’s Call of Duty (said to be Modern Warfare 2), it seems the unthinkable has happened as well: Activision is not releasing Call of Duty 2023, and has decided to skip a year!
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The news comes from Bloomberg’s Jason Schreier who’s very reliable when it comes to rumors and reports. According to the report, Activision is delaying COD 2023 due to the lackluster reception to Call of Duty Vanguard, which led Activision to take the position that they were releasing new versions too rapidly. The report also adds that this delay has nothing to do with the on-going Microsoft acquisition of Activision, in case anyone was wondering.
Note that given this is a report and nothing has been announced by Activision, take this with a grain of salt. That said, Schreier is quite reliable on these things, so the chances of this being legit are high.
If we follow Activision’s usual three-studio alternating schedule, Call of Duty 2023 should be developed by Treyarch. Given how the studio is the one in charge of COD Vanguard’s Zombies mode, the possiblity of the studio not being able to push out a quality product could be the issue.
Whatever the case is, Call of Duty taking a year off is one that’s probably needed to freshen things up. Given how we’re going to get a new Warzone game soon-ish, Activision will probably be OK.
Update: An Activision spokesperson has reached out to us to provide the following statement:
“We have an exciting slate of premium and free-to-play Call of Duty experiences for this year, next year and beyond. Reports of anything otherwise are incorrect. We look forward to sharing more details when the time is right.”