In a move that surprises no-one, Activision has revealed the tenth game in the FPS series will be released next year, and the COD franchise isn’t dying just yet.
Activision’s financial report revealed a lot of surprising data about the record-breaking sales the company saw in 2012. Very unsurprising, though, was the announcement that 2013 would see another instalment in Activision’s long, longrunning Call of Duty franchise. Activision Publishing CEO Eric Hirshberg confirmed that the new game will be released in the fourth quarter of this year, and while he expects the game to do well, he expressed doubts that it will be able to match Black Ops II’srecord-breaking sales.
Despite being banned in Pakistan, Black Ops II I generated $1 billion within 15 days after launch. The game is a fan-favorite with many players praising the zombies mode. The Skylanders franchise also generated over $1 billion in worldwide sales. Diablo III sold more than 12 million copies since it launched last May and World of Warcraft still has 9.6 million subscribers following the launch of the Mists of Pandaria expansion last fall. Note that the 9.6 million figure is actually a drop from the last report of subscriber numbers which was over 10,000,000 subscribers.
“The Call of Duty franchise continues to set the bar for innovation and we expect the new Call of Duty game in development for 2013 to raise that bar even higher” – Eric Hirshberg
No solid details have emerged about the game as of yet, but considering Activision announced that it was working on a next-gen Call of Duty title, and current rumours speculate the release of new consoles by the end of this year, it is possible the next Call of Duty will be available on next-gen consoles. It is expected that Infinity Ward will develop this title, as developers Treyarch only just pushed out Black Ops II a few months ago.
“There is increased volatility this year due to the ongoing console transition, which makes predicting the future more challenging than during normal years in the cycle. For Call of Duty, consistent with our past practices, we are planning for the mainline release in Q4 to be down versus 2012,” Activision CFO Dennis Durkin added.
Four DLC packs are planned for Black Ops 2 this year, with the first one, Revolution, having already been released last month.