Activision has promised to release a “full premium” to enter Call of Duty in 2023.
The publisher revealed the news in its third-quarter earnings statement, talking about the “next complete premium release in the annual blockbuster series” for 2023.
This might not seem like major news, given that the massive first-person shooter franchise has been an annual money game from time immemorial. But a reliable source indicated that 2023 will be an exception for the Call of Duty series.
Last February, gaming journalist Jason Schreyer wrote on Bloomberg that there won’t be a new Call of Duty release in 2023. Instead, he said Activision will sell what could actually be expansion packs for the newly released Modern Warfare 2. recently released.
Activision’s latest allegations will sound like nonsense to these claims, but don’t be so sure. Schreier took to Twitter and claimed Activision’s talk of the “full premium edition” was just “PR language”.
According to Schreier, the term “full premium edition” just means that Activision will charge the full price for what will remain as a glorified expansion pack, which will likely feature a new single-player campaign and multiplayer content.
The reporter claims that Sledgehammer will handle this massive expansion. Anyone disappointed with Modern Warfare 2’s mods to the formula will have to wait a few years for a new version, as Treyarch is said to be spearheading the next full version of Call of Duty in 2024 instead of 2023.
Next up for the CoD series is Warzone 2, the follow-up to the hugely popular free-to-play Battle Royale in 2020, launching on November 16.