Microsoft’s upcoming purchase of Activision Blizzard could lead to many changes for the video game industry, most notably for the Call of Duty franchise. There are a lot of questions about how buying Xbox might affect the series, including its release schedule. According to a new report from Bloomberg, “senior staff at Activision discussed the annual release schedule.” It should be noted that this change won’t happen immediately, as a new Call of Duty is already scheduled for release later this year.
There are so many potential benefits to slowing Call of Duty’s release! While the series continues to perform quite well from a commercial standpoint, a lot of fans have been unhappy with Activision Blizzard’s handling of the franchise. Cheating in Call of Duty: Warzone has been a rampant problem, even after the release of the Ricochet anti-cheat program. Meanwhile, the publisher has just issued an apology for other issues in Warzone, as well as Call of Duty: Vanguard and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. Obviously, the current release schedule is extensive and it forces these teams to try to fix issues in multiple games at once. Given the fact that Microsoft delayed Halo Infinite a whole year to improve on that game, it doesn’t seem far-fetched to imagine Call of Duty’s teams getting more time to develop new entries.
Call of Duty has become so big for Activision that the publisher has moved nearly all of its teams to work on the series. After the success of Toys for Bob with Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time, many fans were excited to see the series continue, and there were even hints of a follow-up game. Unfortunately, Toys for Bob became the backing studio for Call of Duty: Warzone last year, seemingly hoping that the studio could make another Crash or Spyro game. Instead, waiting longer between releases for a Call of Duty game could free up teams working on other games.
If the Call of Duty series moves away from its annual releases, chances are, fans of the series will have no shortage of ways to fix it! Xbox could support the game longer and Call of Duty: Warzone could also get greater focus. Nothing is reliable yet, but hopefully any changes to Call of Duty’s release schedule will be for the better!
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