Activision appears to be delaying next year’s Call of Duty game to 2024. This means 2023 will be the first year without another mainstream COD game in nearly two decades. Instead, the publisher is relying on this year’s sequel to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare to deliver two years of content until the next game is ready.
Why was Call of Duty 2023 delayed?
Call of Duty: Vanguard sales have fallen below Activision’s expectations, which has also led to a drop in Call of Duty: Warzone Pacific’s player count. According to Bloomberg, this has led several within Activision to conclude that the new COD games are being released too quickly and that Vanguard, in particular, has been “cannibalized by the previous year’s game”. This led the publisher to make the decision to postpone Call of Duty 2023 to give both that game and the Modern Warfare sequel a greater chance of success. The reports also confirmed that this decision has nothing to do with Microsoft’s proposed acquisition of Activision.
It looks like several projects will fill the void in 2023. The Modern Warfare sequel will receive a “steady stream” of content after launch, which is expected to be similar to the seasons released for previous Call of Duty games. Call of Duty: Warzone 2 is expected to be released in 2023. Treyarch, the developer responsible for the delayed COD 2023 title, will be drafted in to assist in the development of Warzone 2 and their own title. We can expect more news about both titles later this year.
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