Not Much of a Surprise
The tradition of releasing a new Call of Duty game every year is going to remain in practice according to Activision. The Call of Duty franchise has been cranking out a game every year since 2005 and has no plans of stopping anytime soon.
This announcement, while not very shocking, goes against the trend of releasing games at a slower pace. Big companies like Rockstar, for instance, declared that they would be taking more time on their games. Games like Eldar Scrolls and Cyberpunk 2077 are other examples of developers making their fans wait for the product.
The annual release of Call of Duty has whipped up controversy over the years. Fans have complained that the games lose their value and staying power. As well as not being as polished or ready as they could have been if the developers had more time to work on the game.
“On the console and PC side, we do see annual releases as a key part of the [Call of Duty] franchise.” said a spokesperson form Activision.
However, Activision and the Call of Duty franchise have been focusing much more heavily on post-launch content. Black Ops 4 had tons of material that was released throughout the life span of the game. Activision also said about Call of Duty Modern Warfare that it will have the, “largest post-launch content pipeline in history.”
A yearly release might be overwhelming for some of the public, but remember that they cycle through developers Infinity Ward, Treyarch, and Sledgehammer Games. Meaning that after Infinity Ward releases Modern Warfare in October of this year, they will have lots of time to work on their next installment in the franchise.
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