According to Bloomberg, Call of Duty 2023 has been delayed by Activision-Blizzard, making it one of the first years in Call of Duty history without a yearly release in nearly two decades. A new Call of Duty has released every year since 2005.
The 2022 Call of Duty title is said to be Modern Warfare 2, a sequel to the 2019 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. The title will have to hold up two years worth of content, something its predecessors didn’t have to worry about. The 2023, now 2024 Call of Duty is developed by Treyarch, who will likely benefit from the extra development time. The industry may feel the ripple effects due to the absence of a new Call of Duty however, which is consistently one of the highest grossing games every year.
Jason Schreier goes on to state that the decision was made independently by Activision-Blizzard, and not influenced by the recent acquisition by Microsoft.
An Activision-Blizzard spokesperson commented on the report of the delay stating:
“We have an exciting slate of premium and free-to-play Call of Duty experiences for this year, next year, and beyond. Reports of anything otherwise are incorrect.”