Together with loss of life and taxes, it appears one other certainty in life is an annual main Name of Obligation launch, and 2021 is not any exception. Activision has confirmed that after all, it’s as soon as once more making a Name of Obligation sport for launch this yr, and as has been reported, Sledgehammer is again on the helm making it.
This was revealed throughout Activision-Blizzard’s Q1 earnings name, throughout which Activision mentioned the sport was each “trying nice” and “on monitor” for launch within the fall of this yr. It should embody a marketing campaign, multiplayer, and co-op play, and can “combine with and improve present Name of Obligation ecosystem” — presumably a reference to compatibility with Warzone, as has happened with Black Ops Cold War. And critically, it is being “constructed for next-generation expertise.”
Past that, we do not have too many extra particulars concerning the subsequent Name of Obligation, although Activision guarantees extra particulars “quickly.” The identical report that talked about Sledgehammer means that the sport will probably be known as “Name of Obligation WWII: Vanguard” and can incorporate (unsurprisingly) a World Struggle II theme, although stories have differed as as to if this can be a simple WWII take or an alternate timeline.
Sledgehammer has beforehand been accountable for each Name of Obligation: WWII and Name of Obligation: Superior Warfare, and has assisted Infinity Ward and Treyarch on different latest Name of Obligation titles.
Name of Obligation continues to do exceeding properly as a franchise for Activision, with in the present day’s earnings name and outcomes noting that Name of Obligation presently boasts 150 million month-to-month energetic customers [MAU] throughout all video games. Free-to-play Name of Obligation and Name of Obligation cell have almost tripled complete MAUs throughout all Name of Obligation video games since their launches final yr, helped partially by the latest launch of Name of Obligation Cell in China bringing in “tens of hundreds of thousands” of recent gamers. Activision centered on Name of Obligation’s success as a cornerstone of its earnings name in the present day, making it clear that they intend to proceed constructing out the Name of Obligation franchise, in addition to implement its enterprise mannequin into the corporate’s different franchises.