Microsoft might stop the annual release of Call of Duty games

Another report is suggesting that a new Call of Duty game won't be released every year going forward.

For better or for worse, Activision has released a new Call of Duty game every year since 2005. With several studios working as either lead developers or providing support, there's no indication that Activision is going to stop the cycle. However, if recent reports are to be believed, Activision is thinking of ditching the yearly release schedule.

After nearly two decades of annual releases, Call of Duty might benefit from taking a breather.
After nearly two decades of annual releases, Call of Duty might benefit from taking a breather.

Bloomberg states that Activision's "high-level employees" are talking about putting an end to Activision's commitment of releasing a new Call of Duty game every year. Coincidentally, Bloomberg isn't the first to report on this. There have been talks as early as last year that it was going to happen. The only difference is that Bloomberg is a more credible source compared to @RalphsValve. Not to mention, Bloomberg's report comes a short time after Microsoft acquired Activision Blizzard.

Of course, Bloomberg might be a trusted publication, but you still shouldn't take their word for Activision's. Until Activision or the publisher's new owners, Microsoft, confirms anything, you should take everything that you just read with a grain of salt.

We wouldn't be surprised if Activision drops the annual schedule. Sledgehammer Games' Call of Duty: Vanguard might have sold well (albeit still down from previous installments), but several outlets suggest that the game had a high return rate. Not to mention, players are generally unhappy with the way that things are going. Although Activision has since promised to address any in-game-related concerns, the publisher might have already realized that maintaining several games at once while releasing a new one every year might put too much strain on its studios.

Activision Blizzard has seen better days. The publisher is dealing with ongoing reports of workplace harassment and employee misconduct. It's gotten to the point that Bobby Kotick has confirmed that he won't hesitate to resign if he can't turn things around. But, we don't see that happening anymore since he'll be leaving once Microsoft closes the deal anyway.

Bloomberg also reported that Activision expects more creative freedom under Microsoft's management. Here's to hoping that this means that Microsoft will relegate some of Activision Blizzard's studios to work on some of the publisher's forgotten IPs. At the moment, Activision Blizzard is sitting on a treasure trove of iconic franchises like Crash Bandicoot, Spyro, and Tony Hawk's Pro Skater.

In other news, Kotick recently addressed the Microsoft acquisition and mentioned that he hopes that the deal will inspire Activision Blizzard to improve in the meantime. Meanwhile, Sony's stock took a nosedive following the announcement with a Sony spokesperson later releasing a statement saying that the company still expects Activision to continue releasing games for PlayStation consoles.

Aron Gerencser
Gaming at least as long as he's been walking, Aron is a fan of all things sci-fi and lover of RPGs. Having written about games for years, he's right at home reporting most of the breaking news in the industry and covering the happenings of the e-sports world. Graduating summa cum laude from Università degli Studi Guglielmo Marconi with a BA in Media Production, Aron has been a game journalist since 2014 and . When not writing, editing or playing, Aron is building models which you can find on Instagram. Aron is no longer on staff, and we were sad to see him finish with Xfire in 2021.