Activision announces Call of Duty’s ‘next full bounty’ will arrive in 2023

Activision Blizzard’s plans for 2023 Call of Duty include the “next full-fledged premium release in the hit annual series,” according to the company’s third-quarter earnings report released Monday (pdf). While this isn’t particularly noticeable most years given the regular fall release cycle of Call of Duty, Bloomberg reported in February that Activision Blizzard planned to delay its planned annual entry for 2023.

According BloombergActivision Blizzard Was Set To Delay 2023 Title Following Poor 2021 Response Call of Duty: Vanguard, which fell short of the company’s projections. And Bloomberg said in January that the company was considering changing the annual releases.

At the time, Activision Blizzard appeared to dispute the report, though it didn’t outright confirm there would be a game in 2023. “We have an exciting slate of premium and free Call of Duty experiences for this year. , next year and beyond,” Activision spokesman Neil Wood said in a statement in February. “Reports of anything else are incorrect. We look forward to sharing more details when the time is right.”

And Activision has expanded the franchise in recent years beyond annual premium releases. With things like Call of Duty: Mobilethe war zone battle royale (which is getting a 2.0 release later this month), and the upcoming mobile war zone releasing in 2023, it looked like the company could have taken a year off to focus on other Call of Duty games and services.

But that won’t happen in 2023, as Activision Blizzard is moving forward with another big Call of Duty title of the year, perhaps bolstered by the huge success of the new Modern Warfare II. Here’s exactly what the company said about its plans for the franchise next year, including mention of the next annual game (accent mine):

Activision looks forward to building on its current momentum in 2023, with plans for next year including the most robust Call of Duty live operations yet, the next full premium version of the hit annual seriesand even more engaging free experiences across all platforms.

In its earnings, Activision Blizzard also warned that it may not be able to negotiate a new deal to license “several” of its games in China with “a third party”. The agreements, which contributed “about” 3% of its consolidated net revenue in 2021, expire in January 2023, the company said. “We are in discussions regarding the renewal of these agreements, but a mutually satisfactory agreement may not be reached.” Its co-development and publishing agreement for Diablo Immortal with NetEase is not affected, as it is covered by a separate agreement.

Microsoft’s planned acquisition of Activision Blizzard, which was announced in January, is still going through the necessary regulatory processes. The acquisition is expected to be completed in Microsoft’s 2023 fiscal year, which ends in June.


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