Bloomberg journalist Jason Schreier found out new details about the shooter from the Call of Duty series planned by Activision Blizzard for 2023.
Schreier in his material confirms the claims of insider Tom Henderson (Tom Henderson) that Call of Duty of the 2023 model has outgrown DLC, but will eventually be a full-fledged game, closely related to the Modern Warfare sub-series.
According to Schreier’s sources, the release schedule changed when Activision’s management decided to push Treyarch’s next Call of Duty to 2024 (an unheard of event). The replacement was entrusted to Sledgehammer Games.
The plan was to do “Premium Add-on” to Modern Warfare 2 (2022) with a single-player campaign and multiple maps for multiplayer, however, the project evolved into a full-fledged game release during development.
Activision’s goal is to bring Call of Duty (2023) to life “a standalone product at full price” and the sequel to Modern Warfare 2. They want to carry over maps and modes from last year’s shooter to the new one, but plans are subject to change.
Sledgehammer staff are concerned about the tight development timeline (less than two years) but are more optimistic than when creating Vanguard (it had a similar timeline) given the team’s more active support from other Activision studios.
Sledgehammer’s new Call of Duty is out this fall. Activision’s plans for the series called for an annual rotation between Modern Warfare and Black Ops, but until the deal with Microsoft is finalized, the franchise’s long-term prospects remain hazy.