Over the better part of last two decades, Call of Duty has consistently released a new mainline entry every fall. Immediately following the release, the franchise would dominate the holiday season and gamers look forward to playing the title. However, a new rumor suggests Activision is looking to shakeup entire release cycle moving forward.
If you’re following news related to the Call of Duty franchise, then this might not come off as a massive shock. Rumors started circulating that Call of Duty might not have a mainline title in 2023 but could release a standalone zombies game instead. While the publisher hasn’t confirmed anything regarding the rumors, it seems more than likely at the moment.
If Call of Duty insider RalphsValve to be believed, Activision is looking to leave the release schedule to the developers. Despite the franchise’s massive popularity, last couple of installments of the franchise felt unfinished and could use more development time. As a result, Activision is looking to give developers more time to polish the games before releasing them.
The future for Call of Duty is uncertain, ACTV plans are contingent on reacting to any changes in the industry — If anything, COD’s schedule will become more Studio/Developer-led.
— Ralph (@RalphsValve) April 12, 2022
This latest news isn’t particularly surprising following Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision. Earlier this year, Microsoft announced that it’s acquiring Activision and the deal is expected to be completed by summer of next year. With Microsoft looking to leverage the studio’s resources, Microsoft is likely to introduce new plans for existing franchises. However, we’ll need to wait a while to find out Microsoft’s plans for the beloved franchises owned by Activision Blizzard.