Activision Blizzard’s traditional quarterly traders name, scheduled for at the moment, was cancelled due to the corporate’s pending acquisition by Microsoft. Which means we did not be taught as a lot about what the corporate has deliberate for the long run as we often do, however we did be taught one factor: Infinity Ward is now formally the lead studio on the subsequent Name of Obligation recreation.
“Improvement on this 12 months’s premium and Warzone experiences is being led by Activision’s famend Infinity Ward studio,” Activision Blizzard mentioned in its Q4 2021 results statement. “The group is engaged on essentially the most formidable plan in franchise historical past, with industry-leading innovation and a broadly interesting franchise setting.”
It isn’t an Earth-shattering shock that Infinity Ward has taken the wheel for 2022. Going by the surprisingly constant developer rotation established over time, it is Infinity Ward’s activate the weapons, following Sledgehammer’s Vanguard in 2021, and Treyarch’s Black Ops: Chilly Battle in 2020. It is also rumored that this 12 months’s recreation will probably be a sequel to the 2019 Fashionable Warfare reboot—so, Modern Warfare 2, though whether or not it qualifies as a reboot too (as a result of, you understand, it is a sequel), I am truthfully unsure.
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Additionally fascinating is that Infinity Ward is taking again the lead on the battle royale Name of Obligation: Warzone, which beforehand had been Raven’s child. However that is not unprecedented both. Warzone initially launched as a later add-on to the Fashionable Warfare reboot, with Raven and Infinity Ward as co-developers, however Raven appeared to take the lead in late 2020 following the launch of Black Ops–Chilly Battle. Assuming Fashionable Warfare 2 will likewise be rolled into Warzone, it is smart that Infinity Ward would step again into that breach.
Activision Blizzard additionally mentioned that Name of Obligation web bookings—gross sales, principally—really declined 12 months over 12 months this quarter, “reflecting decrease premium gross sales for Name of Obligation: Vanguard versus the 12 months in the past title and decrease engagement in Name of Obligation: Warzone.” Name of Obligation Cell web bookings grew year-over-year within the quarter, nevertheless, “pushed by continued contribution from the sport in China.”