Activision has confirmed that there’s a new Call of Duty game coming late this year.
The news was revealed during Activision Blizzard’s Q4 2020 earnings call (transcribed by The Motley Fool), in which Activision CFO Dennis Durkin talked through the company’s plans for Call of Duty – which includes a “strong premium release planned for Q4 in 2021.” Given that Durkin also mentions migrating the existing CoD community to that game, there seems no doubt that this is another full annual release for the series.
With the success of free-to-play mode Call of Duty: Warzone across multiple years, some have questioned the need for annual Call of Duty releases, but it seems Activision has no intention of slowing down. No title, subject matter, or developer are mentioned in the calls.
Warzone will seemingly remain a part of the ongoing plan, with Durkin saying that the franchise, “will benefit from a full year of Warzone driving upgrades to our premium content and incremental in-game player investment.”
Alongside the new game, Durkin explains that there is “a fantastic pipeline of in-game [Call of Duty] content ahead across all platforms.” He adds, “Call of Duty is entering 2021 with the largest player community it has ever had to start a year.”
Later in the call, Durkin turned his attention to Blizzard, noting that Activision’s outlook “does not include Diablo IV or Overwatch 2 launching in 2021.” It was also mentioned that Blizzard has “muliple” mobile, free-to-play Warcraft games in development.
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