Call of Duty 2023 will reportedly be a continuation of Modern Warfare II
by Danny Craig ·
The Call of Duty (COD) title for 2023 will apparently continue the story of the rebooted Modern Warfare franchise.
- According to Bloomberg's Jason Schreier, the upcoming COD will be "more Modern Warfare," with a plan to carry over content from Modern Warfare II (MWII). The project was initially reported to be premium DLC for MWII, with Activision skipping a full yearly release for the first time since COD 2 in 2005, but the publisher has since decided to return to the yearly release schedule.
- The project will be developed by Sledgehammer Games, who were most recently responsible for 2021's COD: Vanguard but also played a significant role in the development of MW3 in 2011. This development cycle appears to be similar to that of MW3, with Infinity Ward collaborating with the studio in both cases.
- Since the game will include MWII content and run on the same engine, the graphics and gameplay will most likely be nearly identical. When the project was reported to be an expansion, rumors of multiplayer maps from the classic Modern Warfare series being remade began to circulate, suggesting that this new entry could become some sort of definitive package for series fans.
What else is going on at Activision?
- Activision has confirmed that a security breach took place at the company in December 2022, but has denied that any sensitive work data was stolen. Although none of the alleged documents have been seen by the general public, a now-out-of-date content release schedule for MWII was posted to Twitter earlier this week.
- Treyarch’s 2024 COD release could come to last-generation consoles, according to leaked documents. The project codenamed "Cerberus" was reportedly mentioned as being playable on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in the confidential files, with the game being built on the same engine as MWII.
- Microsoft recently announced a 10-year deal with Nintendo to bring its console titles to Nintendo platforms, beginning with the Switch. Despite Microsoft's ongoing attempt to acquire Activision-Blizzard, COD has been used as an example of a franchise included in the deal, with future releases arriving on Nintendo's consoles on the same day as Xbox.