A new report has been released claiming that, in the wake of Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard, Call of Duty developers are mulling over the possibility of slowing their release cadence.
The report comes from Bloomberg, who spoke to many anonymous “high-level” employees and mentioned that a change to Call of Duty’s release structure is under consideration. This is directly linked to the new addition and is one that the developers of the franchise seem to be striving for.
It is said that there is a desire for the franchise to move away from the current annual release model and embrace a slower cadence to allow the franchise to breathe more. However, it also mentions that no final decision has been made yet.
The report claims the annual release structure has led to “brutal overtime” at Treyarch and Infinity Ward. If made, this change would be for the health of the development team, but it’s also believed to be welcomed by players.
This new structure is being considered not only because of the Microsoft acquisition, but also as a response to the lackluster performance of Call of Duty: Vanguard. Last year, participation in the franchise dropped 36% in the UK from Call of Duty: Black Ops – Cold War in 2020. The hope would be that by giving the games more time to breathe, the developers not only get more. would have time to work on their games, as well as give customers more time to recharge between releases.
That said, these aren’t moves that are likely to affect the franchise anytime soon. The report says this change to the release schedule wouldn’t take effect until later next year or later. As such, the next installment in Call of Duty is still expected to launch later this year.
Release Call of Duty for a year
The Call of Duty franchise has been annualized since its inception in 2003, where the only bad year was 2004 with a gap between Call of Duty and Call of Duty 2. That means there’s been a new game in the franchise every year for 18 years. landed – and soon 19, with the new title due out later this year.
Given the franchise’s history of releases, as well as waning enthusiasm for the brand, it’s not hard to argue that players can appreciate a breather from Call of Duty’s nearly two decades of attack. Not to mention the benefit to a beleaguered staff that has had to deal with the release schedule.
Fortunately, if Phil Spencer is to be believed at first glance, Call of Duty remains a franchise open to others. He recently said that he plans to keep Call of Duty on PlayStation platforms. What’s more, an analyst also provided some input saying they think it would be difficult to pull the franchise off Sony.
Whatever happens, it feels like a slower cadence in the Call of Duty releases could benefit most parties, from developers to players. If it’s a change that Microsoft is willing to make for the franchise, hopefully it will happen in the not too distant future for the sake of the long-term future.