Not only troubles for Activision-Blizzard: net of the storm in which the company is sailing after the heavy allegations of harassment against female personnel, increasingly comforting news comes from the thriving Call of Duty franchise.
In its latest meeting with shareholders, Bobby Kotick’s company confirmed that the long-running shooter’s playerbase played more hours in Q2 of 2021 than in all of 2019. After a period of worrying decline, Call of Duty has denoted new signs of growth with the publication of COD WWII at the end of 2018, but it was undoubtedly the advent of Warzone that radically changed the fate of the series.
The overwhelming success of the free-to-play Battle Royale mode is also managing to push the sales of the latest premium games such as Modern Warfare and Black Ops Cold War, whose game worlds are closely linked to that of Warzone and Verdansk. At the same time, the Raven Software team, which has been supporting COD Warzone for several months, is also growing exponentially in view of further expansions of the title.
Meanwhile, with the announcement of COD Warzone Season 5, the first official teaser of COD Vanguard has also been released online, the new chapter developed by Sledgehammer that will be published by the end of 2021.