As if it really needs to be said, there’s a new Call of Duty in development and it’s scheduled to release this fall. The newest entry in the series will be developed by Infinity Ward, the same minds behind the Modern Warfare series.
In the Activision shareholder presentation covering the fourth quarter results, they revealed that Call of Duty as a franchise has sold more than 250 million units to date and has totaled more than $15 billion in sales. That’s kind of crazy when you think about it.
They also note that Black Ops 3 has helped the brand increase in year-over-year revenue compared to Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare and that the season pass has a record breaking attach rate. I’m sure the zombies have a little something-something to do with that.
The biggest takeaway from the financial report is that Infinity Ward will be working on this year’s Call of Duty outing, although they don’t exactly say what it will be. They note that it’s going to be “new” and “innovative”, so either we can expect an overhaul of a previous concept or maybe something altogether different? No idea.
Coming off of Black Ops 3, Infinity Ward have some big shoes to fill given that Treyarch’s game featured four-player co-op, customizable campaign parameters and one of the trippiest campaign modes in a first-person shooter. The last game Infinity Ward worked on in the series was Call of Duty: Ghosts, which was not as well received as Sledgehammer’s Advanced Warfare or as discussion-worthy as Black Ops 3. We’ll see if Infinity Ward took those three years to work on something a lot more worthwhile for home consoles and PC.
Oh yeah, and the financial report also reveals that Destiny 2 is expected to launch in 2017. They have about 25 million registered users but they don’t say what their daily active user base is at the moment, I wouldn’t be surprised if it it’s in the single digit millions.
We’ll have to sit tight and wait on an official announcement for this year’s CoD outing. I can’t say I’m terribly excited but I’m curious what they come up with.
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