The publisher behind the massively popular video game franchise Call of Duty, Activision, recently announced plans for a “full premium release” at some point in 2023. The news which comes from a financial report resulted in a frenzy of speculation, some hoping for a sequel, others expecting an expansion pack for the recently released Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.
“Activision is looking forward to building on its current momentum in 2023 with plans for next year including the most robust Call of Duty live operations to date, the next full premium release in the blockbuster annual series, and even more engaging free-to-play experiences across platforms,” the financial report explained to investors.
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The publication Bloomberg reported back in August that Activision would be delaying its next full entry in the franchise, expected to be developed by the studio behind Call of Duty: Black Ops, Treyarch. This would of course represent the first time in well over a decade that Activision skipped a year in its release schedule for the series. “I’d expect new paid ‘premium’ content for Modern Warfare 2, not a brand new Call of Duty,” journalist at Bloomberg Jason Schreier said at the time. “Treyarch is leading the next mainline game which was delayed to 2024.”
Schreier has now revisited his previous remarks in the wake of so much speculation. “Let me make this super clear,” the journalist explained. “The next game by Treyarch is coming out in 2024. Next year, there will be a Modern Warfare 2 ‘premium’ paid expansion by Sledgehammer. It’s supposed to have lots of content! Maybe that’s why they call it a ‘full’ release. But it’s more Modern Warfare 2.”
The question as to what form this rumored expansion pack may potentially take remains unclear. While some have suggested that a zombie mode could be in the works, others have been pointing to the possibility of more campaign content, perhaps even a multiplayer map pack of fan favorites to celebrate the upcoming twentieth anniversary of the franchise.