Call Of Duty: Vanguard had the worst launch in the series since 2007 (pic: Activision)
A new rumour suggests that this year’s Call Of Duty could release in October, following a summer reveal.
Even without rumours and leaks, everyone knows a new Call Of Duty will be out by the end of the year. However, Activision might be releasing this year’s iteration a month earlier.
Supposedly, the 2022 game would have followed the usual pattern but Henderson believes it will now launch in October instead, following a formal reveal this the summer.
As for why the change in release window, Henderson says it’s due to the poor sales of Call Of Duty: Vanguard. While it was still the second biggest launch of 2021 at the time, Vanguard also had the least successful Call Of Duty launch since the original Modern Warfare in 2007.
Lastly, Henderson says that a big Call Of Duty: Warzone update will come soon after, but that’s to be expected since Warzone has undergone major changes with each new Call Of Duty release, as part of Activision’s cross-game integration strategy.
We’re not sure how moving the 2022 game up a month will ensure better sales, but it’s one sign that Activision has taken serious note of Vanguard’s performance.
There’s probably no single reason why fans seemed to pass on Vanguard. Although the existence of free-to-play game Warzone, the Second World War setting, and general fatigue with the series all contributed.
Not to mention Activision’s current reputation. Ever since a lawsuit was filed against the company, alleging a toxic work environment filled with sexual harassment and abuse towards female employees, it seems to have only become less and less popular with each passing month.
Despite Activision’s efforts to appease its employees and the general public, CEO Bobby Kotick has been met with numerous calls to resign, especially following a report that says he deliberately covered up many instances of workplace abuse.
Several companies have begun to revaluate their relationship with Activision, including Lego, which recently announced it’s pausing the release of a Lego Overwatch set that was meant to come out next month.
‘We are currently reviewing our partnership with Activision Blizzard, given concerns about the progress being made to address continuing allegations regarding workplace culture, especially the treatment of female colleagues and creating a diverse and inclusive environment,’ it said in a statement to The Brick Fan.
‘While we complete the review, we will pause the release of a Lego Overwatch 2 product which was due to go on sale on February 1, 2022.’
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