Sledgehammer Games is, unsurprisingly, already making its next Call Of Duty but there’s no word on it being a Call Of Duty: Vanguard sequel.
Much like how you can always expect the sun to rise and set every day, you can also expect Activision’s studios to be working on a new Call Of Duty game. As such, it’s hardly surprising to hear that Sledgehammer Games is now working on its next entry in the franchise.
This hasn’t been officially stated by Sledgehammer Games or Activision, and comes from anonymous sources, but it’s not exactly a leftfield suggestions. No other details were shared though, aside from the fact that the game is currently in pre-production.
Basically, it’s still early days for the project, so any info shared now is subject to change anyway. The sources already say that there is uncertainty over what the final product will be like.
We may have some idea of what Sledgehammer Games has planned from a New York Comic Con interview from last October.
The writers behind Call Of Duty: Vanguard (the studio’s most recent game and the most recent premium Call Of Duty game) revealed that they had ideas for at least two direct sequels, expressing fondness for the key cast of characters.
While not impossible, even one sequel doesn’t seem especially likely. Call Of Duty: Vanguard’s announcement didn’t generate much buzz and it launched to average reviews.
The sales weren’t much better. Although it was one of the best-selling premium games of 2021, sales had dropped considerably compared to the last game, Call Of Duty: Black Ops Cold War. As a result it suffered the worst launch since the original Modern Warfare from 2007.
It’s also difficult to tell precisely when we can expect the new game to launch, with the new rumours from Tom Henderson at eXputer offering no insight on that aspect.
Previously, Activision has always had a predictable Call Of Duty release schedule: you’d get one game from Infinity Ward, one from Treyarch, one from Sledgehammer Games, and so on.
It has been confirmed that Infinity Ward is helming 2022’s game, a sequel to the 2019 Modern Warfare, as intended. Under normal circumstances, this means Sledgehammer Games’ next project would release in 2024.
However, Bloomberg has previously suggested that the 2023 game will be delayed, with some Activision executives believing that the company was releasing new games too quickly and Call Of Duty: Warzone’s free-to-play model could offset any losses from skipping a year.
Activision quickly denied the claims of a delay, saying a premium Call Of Duty will release in 2023 after all.
Considering Microsoft is still in the process of acquiring Activision, Call Of Duty’s future is in a state of uncertainty and any of Activision’s plans for the franchise could change in an instant.
At the very least, it sounds like the franchise won’t become an Xbox exclusive (not yet anyway), with Microsoft promising that the games will keep releasing for PlayStation. It even wants to bring Call Of Duty to the Nintendo Switch.
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