Call of Duty Player Base Dropped Over the Past Year
Call of Duty entries have not slowed down over the last several years. There has been one installment after another. However, it would seem that the fervor of its community has died down.
Activision Blizzard revealed in their second quarter 2022 financial report that the Call of Duty franchise has lost more than 30 million players over the past year. This is not to say that the numbers are no longer remarkable, because they still are. However, there has been a notable decline compared to this time last year.
In June 2021, there were 127 million players. However, this June, that number went down to 94 million. This number is still massive compared to other games. However, it does clearly represent a dip in its player base.
According to multiple reports, Vanguard and Warzone are to blame for the decline. Apparently, the former was not as big of a hit as previous installments. Devs just easily chalked it up to its World War 2 setting. Furthermore, devs are currently working on Warzone 2.0. With that said, many players may already be ready to make the jump to the game’s new version.
Fans are still hopeful that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 may make the numbers recover. It will launch on October 28th and is going to be a sequel to 2019’s Modern Warfare. Devs claim that this entry was the “most successful Call of Duty title to date.” Warzone 2.0 is also due for release “later this year.”
Another possible cause could be the Xbox acquisition of Activision Blizzard. Fans expect Microsoft to keep the franchise multi-platform. However, Sony thinks otherwise. The latter thinks that this new ownership could potentially influence gamers regarding what consoles they should get.
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