Activision has confirmed that Infinity Ward will resume development for this year’s Call of Duty delivery, but also said player numbers have dropped on PC and consoles.
The company’s quarterly earnings report says Call of Duty Vanguard, developed by Sledgehammer with multiplayer and Zombies made by Treyarch, saw lower sales than Black Ops Cold War, the 2020 release.
I guess the most widespread news for Activision is that Warzone, the battle royale and free-to-play version of the saga, has also had “lower engagement”, i.e. fewer players over the last year. .
Activision did not identify concrete sales figures or player counts, but insisted the level was “much lower” than it was before 2020.
A few weeks ago, Activision pointed out that Call of Duty had stopped having annual submissions, asking for an answer to those numbers that are now mentioned and which could be representative of the efforts of users to keep pace with their launches.
The acquisition of Activision by Microsoft, on the other hand, is likely to have an impact on the way the saga develops; but that won’t come into effect until 2023, so at least this year’s Call of Duty will develop to known standards.
In theory, this year’s Call of Duty could be the sequel to Modern Warfare’s 2019 remakethere there are rumors that Warzone 2 is in development.
Call of Duty Mobile, on the other hand, is doing very well, Activision, with sales and players growing every year and huge popularity in China.