2024’s Call of Duty release could be coming to last generation platforms

by Danny Craig  · 
2024’s Call of Duty release could be coming to last generation platforms

Treyarch’s 2024 Call of Duty (COD) title could be receiving a release on the Xbox One (XB1) and PlayStation 4 (PS4), despite some systems sporting decade-old hardware.

The details:

  • According to leaked documents obtained during Activision's December 2022 security breach, the project, currently codenamed "Cerberus," could be released on both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Although little information was provided about the documents' contents, Insider Gaming has confirmed that, despite rumors of the final last-generation COD release being in 2023, references to a release on older consoles are present.
  • With the documents being at least a couple of months old at this point, some plans may have changed, with the Modern Warfare II (MWII) content release schedule already being out of date in terms of the given release windows. However, all future COD games will be built using the same engine as MWII, opening the door for the developers to release versions with visual and performance trade offs.
  • MWII's last-generation performance isn't terrible, hovering between 30 and 60 frames per second in most situations despite some graphical downgrades. With Microsoft's recent partnership with Nintendo to bring COD to its platforms, upcoming titles will need to find a way to run on lower-end hardware, as Nintendo's consoles, including the Switch, typically trade performance for cost. Let's hope Activision doesn't repeat the infamously poor Xbox 360 and PS3 ports of Black Ops 3.

What else is going on at Activision?

  • COD 2023 will reportedly be a full game as opposed to the rumored "premium DLC" that was allegedly meant to take its place. The title will be developed by Sledgehammer Games with the assistance of other COD studios such as Infinity Ward, Raven Software, and Treyarch.
  • As mentioned earlier, Activision suffered an undisclosed security breach back in December 2022, resulting in the alleged theft of sensitive company data and a content release schedule for MWII. Activision has commented on the situation, stating that no sensitive data had been compromised during the attack that occurred via a successful phishing attempt.
  • Employees at Activision-Blizzard have taken to social media to criticize a "back to office plan" that was recently implemented. All full-time remote workers will be required to return to physical office spaces in the coming months, or they will be forced to leave their current jobs if they chose not to. Many employees moved out of the inner city where they were originally employed to save money on living expenses, which the company has not compensated for in recent years.
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