Even before Microsoft shared their intentions to purchase Activision, the future of the Call of Duty has been in question.

Year in and year out the mega-popular series has dominated the gaming landscape, instantly becoming the best-selling game of the entire year not even a month after release. Despite Vanguard doing well overall, the game failed meet Acti’s lofty expectations.

Activision has come under major fire the past few years as they’ve worked their teams to ‘death’ to get these yearly blockbusters out on a timely schedule. Yet with Microsoft taking over next year, things should change.

Today’s rumors is said to have nothing to do with the buyout and was a decision made before then, as Jason Schreier of Bloomberg is reporting that Treyarch’s 2023 Call of Duty title will be delayed until 2024, making it the first time since 2005 that a major entry in the series will not release on consoles.

We already know this year’s Call of Duty is a sequel to 2019’s Modern Warfare, is being developed by Infinity Ward and will include a new Warzone experience. 2023 2024’s title is being developed by Treyarch, will receive an extra layer of polish to ensure the best game possible. 2023 Call of Duty content will include additional Modern Warfare 2 (2022) content, Warzone 2 content, and another new F2P Call of Duty title.

The rumor also says that 2024’s Call of Duty will be current-gen only, meaning only on the PS5, Xbox Series S|X, and PC. I’m a bit suspect on this part of the rumor unless availability of current-gen consoles drastically increase.

What do you think about this industry impacting move? This could give many publishers a chance to really make a move on the 2023 schedule to capitalize on all the potential revenue that gamers might be looking to spend.

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