Activision said it will plan to release “premium paid content” related to the series. Call of Duty in 2023 following reports that no new Call of Duty games will release next year.
Bloomberg reported that the core Call of Duty games will be taking a year off in February 2023. If true, this will be the first time in 18 years that Activision has skipped an annual release. Despite that, it appears that Activision still plans to release premium Call of Duty content in 2023.” Across the Call of Duty ecosystem, teams are well positioned to support these launches with substantial live operations, while continuing development of new premium content planned for 2023 and beyond,” Activision said in a statement on its website. second quarter 2022 earnings report.
While the reports may be wrong, Bloomberg writer Jason Schreier tweeted who expects new premium content to be added to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II in 2023. That game is scheduled to release on October 28, while Call of Duty: Warzone 2.0 is scheduled for this fall. The main scenario is that this “premium content” for Call of Duty is paid DLC, which was present in most games in the franchise, but has been noticeably absent for some time.
Currently, the main form of DLC in Call of Duty games comes in the form of store packs and battle passes. Battle Passes differ from traditional DLC in that they are offered to the player with additional in-game content rather than as a separate purchase after the game is released. The last Call of Duty game to have some semblance of a traditional DLC structure was Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, but that may change next year.
Activision reported that its second-quarter revenue and operating income were down year-over-year due to low engagement with Call of Duty, but were up again in the first quarter. Engagement with the franchise is expected to increase further with the release of Modern Warfare II and the expansion war zone 2.0 later this year.