Activision has confirmed that a new Call Of Duty title, a long-held annual tradition, will be released in 2021, according to Activision Blizzard's Q4 2020 earnings call. Kindly transcribed by The Motley Fool, Activision announced “another strong premium release planned for Q4 in 2021.”
The report also touched upon community engagement within Call Of Duty. In 2020, owing to an expansive range of free-to-play experiences across consoles, PC and mobile phones, over 250 million people jumped into Call of Duty in 2020, three times as many as the “70 million people who played Call of Duty in 2018.”
According to the report, there are “almost 400 million players in 190 countries”, with Activision looking to reach 1 billion players as they outlined their hopes to “apply the Call of Duty framework across our other wholly owned franchises” while anticipating “further growth, both in our traditional regions and new countries” for Call Of Duty. The studio is seeking “to enhance the player experience across all platforms.”
Activision adds that the popular first-person shooter franchise has moved into 2021 “with the largest player community it has ever had to start a year.”
Onto the subject of what the new Call Of Duty game will be, as we can expect, Activision didn't give up any details as part of the call. But community speculations says that there’s a strong chance we could expect a sequel to 2019’s Modern Warfare reboot. While a new entry to the Black Ops sub-series could certainly be on the cards, a new game might be too soon after Black Ops Cold War was released in November 2020.
Call Of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is out now and is available on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and PC.