As they say in the army, the cat is out of the bag. Activision has dished the dirt on Call Of Duty 2021 and Sledgehammer Games is now confirmed to be the ones at the wheel. Yet, it's the publisher's comments about its connection to Warzone that have piqued our curiosity.
Though it's only been about for a little over a year, Warzone is the golden goose for Activision. Last summer, it was calculated that the game was bringing in $3.3 million on a daily basis, which works out to be $2,200 every single minute. Every. Single. Minute. Moreover, that was before the launch of Call Of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, and that earned Activision another $700 million in the six weeks following release. Still, if you've got the reins to one of the biggest games in the entire world, there are a lot of players (and accordingly, a lot of player opinions) to balance and consider. The latest change to Warzone is the new map, draping a blue filter over the world and turning the clocks back to 1984. Some are thrilled with the new locations as these offer opportunities to seize the upper hand on their opponents. Others aren't so hot on the makeover, describing it as a "reskin" of the earlier map and feeling let down by the nukes event.
In any event, you've got to say that the original Verdansk did have its moments. Wins, fails, and anything in between, check out this Warzone highlights compilation below.
The next Call Of Duty game (tentatively referred to by the title Call Of Duty WWII Vanguard) was rumoured to be in the hands of Sledgehammer Games, and now Activision has announced more about the project in its Q1 2021 earnings call. "In particular, we are very excited for this year's premium Call of Duty release," said president and chief operating officer Daniel Alegre. That statement squashes the speculation that we might not be receiving Call Of Duty 2021 in 2021, then. We had also heard that the next game would be connected with Warzone in some shape or form, and the publisher was willing to expand upon this a little here.
"Development is being led by Sledgehammer Games and the game is looking great and on track for its fall release," continued Alegre. "This is a built for next generation experience with stunning visuals across campaign, multiplayer and co-operative modes of play, designed to both integrate with and enhance the existing COD ecosystem." The combination of "integrate with and enhance" makes me think that the two games will link together like Black Ops Cold War. 2020's offering connects to Warzone in a concurrent battle pass that unlocks content from the former for the latter's players. In doing so, Activision says that this is a "powerful on-ramp for the franchise's premium content."
Well, it's hard to argue with the numbers, that's for certain. When we learn more about Call Of Duty 2021, you'll be the first to know.
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