It would seem that Call of Duty, a first-person shooter video game franchise with annual releases, will delay some of its 2023 releases, postponing them for an entire year. This information comes from a known scooper. The franchise hasn’t missed a single year since its inception and rose to critical acclaim in 2003; Activision plans to honor the release schedule for this year but plans on delaying its products, including the mainline Call of Duty 2023, into 2024. However, the reasons behind the alleged delay weren’t disclosed, and it’s unclear whether they have something to do with Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard as a whole, which is expected to finalize next year.
According to the initial reports, the 2023 installment in the Call of Duty franchise was delayed by its developer and publisher, Activision. The company has continued to release a new Call of Duty game each fall for nearly two decades now, ever since the original game was released to critical acclaim in 2003. Admittedly, this trend has been incredibly successful and financially fruitful for the video game publishing giant, but the aforementioned reports suggested a delay in the franchise. However, according to ComicBook, who got in touch with an Activision spokesperson, the reports suggesting a Call of Duty 2023 delay are incorrect.
In fact, according to the company, Activision is expecting to release all their game on the schedule, and no delays are currently in sight. The company expects to launch an exciting slate of premium and free-to-play titles for the current and following year and years beyond, including the mainline Call of Duty 2023 entry. “Reports of anything otherwise are incorrect. We look forward to sharing more details when the time is right,” said the Activision spokesperson. Of course, this isn’t to say that delays can’t and won’t happen, given the uncertainty of the times we live in and the fact that the pandemic already heavily affected the gaming industry, incurring massive delays.
Unfortunately, the origin of these rumors can’t be pinpointed, and there were two theories, albeit both stripped of their credibility at this point, as to why Activision would consider delaying their main profit drivers. As per the original report, the company is pushing off the upcoming Call of Duty 2023 release after a recent entry in the series, presumably Call of Duty: Vanguard, failed to meet Activision’s expectations. This led some executives to believe that the company was introducing new titles too rapidly. According to the same report, the delay had nothing to do with Microsoft’s acquisition of the company.
Other reports, however, suggested the acquisition as a likely possibility, stating that Activision wouldn’t have to act as an independent entity next fall, therefore not having to rely solely on the Call of Duty franchise as their main source of income in 2023. Under those assumptions, the same executives within Activision might’ve opted to let Call of Duty 2023 gestate a bit longer before releasing the game into the wild fields of the first-person shooter gaming genre. Ultimately, all speculations regarding the alleged Call of Duty 2023 delay proved incorrect, according to the company, and it would seem that the franchise-loving audience will get their favorite titles on time.
The nearest upcoming Call of Duty is poised to release this year. Though we don’t know the exact details, the game is like to be a Modern Warfare sequel. We’ll report further as more detail becomes available.