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Report: Activision Blizzard pushes next year's Call of Duty title to 2024

The delay means 2023 will be the first year without a premium Call of Duty release in almost two decades.

Chris Kerr, News Editor

February 23, 2022

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Activision Blizzard has reportedly delayed next year's Call of Duty title, meaning 2023 will be the first year without a premium annual release in almost two decades.

People familiar with the matter told Bloomberg the project, developed by series regular Treyarch, has been delayed because some executives are concerned about over-saturating the market.

It's been reported that a recent entry in the series failed to meet expectations, leading some inside Activision Blizzard to question whether the annual release cycle has resulted in the series cannibalising itself.

Treyarch's unnamed Call of Duty project will now reportedly release in 2024, allowing Activision Blizzard to prioritize a new free-to-play title and additional content for Warzone and Modern Warfare in 2023.

In response to the rumors, an Activision Blizzard spokesperson told Bloomberg the company has "an exciting slate of premium and free-to-play Call of Duty experiences for this year, next year and beyond. Reports of anything otherwise are incorrect. We look forward to sharing more details when the time is right."

The decision to delay was reportedly made without input from Microsoft, which recently agreed to purchase Activision Blizzard in a $68.7 billion deal.

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Chris Kerr

News Editor, GameDeveloper.com

Game Developer news editor Chris Kerr is an award-winning journalist and reporter with over a decade of experience in the game industry. His byline has appeared in notable print and digital publications including Edge, Stuff, Wireframe, International Business Times, and PocketGamer.biz. Throughout his career, Chris has covered major industry events including GDC, PAX Australia, Gamescom, Paris Games Week, and Develop Brighton. He has featured on the judging panel at The Develop Star Awards on multiple occasions and appeared on BBC Radio 5 Live to discuss breaking news.

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