Call of Duty

In Lieu of New Call of Duty, Activision Promises 'Premium Content' in 2023

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Despite reports that Activision will not release a new Call of Duty game in 2023 for the first time in almost 20 years, the publisher has assured fans it will release "premium content," next year.

In the company's earnings report for Q2 2022, published Monday, it said, "Across the Call of Duty ecosystem, the teams are well positioned to support these launches with substantial live operations, while also continuing development of new premium content planned for 2023 and beyond."

Activision declined to provide further details, leaving the possibilities wide open. Premium content could mean a paid piece DLC for a pre-existing Call of Duty — perhaps for Modern Warfare 2, the next mainline Call of Duty game, which is slated for release Oct. 28. It might mean a smaller spin-off Call of Duty game, perhaps focusing exclusively on the Zombies game mode. But it doesn't refer to Warzone 2, as Activision says that game will launch some time this year.

After Modern Warfare 2, the next mainline Call of Duty game is expected to be a Black Ops game. Treyarch reportedly leads development on that game, which is targeting 2024 for release.