Activision will fill the CoD gap in next year's season with paid content

Activision will fill the CoD gap in next year's season with paid content ...

Activision Blizzard announced plans to release "premium content" for Call of Duty in 2023, likely to compensate for the absence of a new full release that year. The news is part of the company's Q2 2022 financial report, which indicates declining user engagement with the franchise.

Activision said in February that it will not release a mainline Call of Duty title in 2023, thus delaying the release of Treyarch's next game. As the franchise approaches its 20th anniversary, the absence will mark the first year since 2004 without a new entry.

Activision did not specify which form the new premium content would take, but it might be a shift or backtrack for Call of Duty. Before 2019, the series expanded upon mainline games with paid map packs, but ended the practice with 2019's Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, turning to battle passes and other microtransactions to ensure all players had the same maps. The sequel to Activision's free-to-play Call of Duty Warzone will be released later this year.

Activision's Q2 financial results show a year-over-year decline in overall revenues, likely due to a significant decrease in Call of Duty players. Over the last year, Activision's reported monthly active users steadily decreased each quarter from 127 million in June 2021 to 94 million in June 2022.

The drop in Call of Duty users might be due to issues with the franchise's most recent release, Vanguard, which saw some of its content delayed earlier this year. Another possible factor is Warzone players waiting for the sequel, which will erase all progress from the first game.

Sony has told Brazil's competition regulator that it is concerned about possible aftereffects as Microsoft prepares to purchase Activision Blizzard. It believes that if Call of Duty stops supporting PlayStation, it would affect many consumers' console purchase decisions, and no one else would replicate the series' name.

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