Next Call of Duty games will be on PlayStation, including Warzone 2
Upcoming Call of Duty titles are still headed to PlayStation consoles, even though the franchise’s parent company, Activision Blizzard, is being acquired by Microsoft. The 2022 and 2023 versions of Call of Duty, at least, will both be available on PlayStation consoles as well as Windows PC and Xbox, along with a “new iteration” of Call of Duty: Warzone, reports Bloomberg. The games will be released on Sony consoles under an existing agreement between the company and Activision; that pledge will remain in effect “for at least the next two years,” Bloomberg says, citing four people “with knowledge of the agreement.”
Bloomberg’s report also clarifies that, for now, Call of Duty’s upcoming schedule is what most people expected it to be: this year’s iteration is being developed by Infinity Ward. , the studio behind 2019. modern warfare (of which Call of Duty 2022 will likely be a sequel), while the 2023 game will be developed by 2020s creator Treyarch Black Ops Cold War.
One thing the report doesn’t elaborate on is what exactly it means by a “new iteration” of war zone, the free-to-play battle royale game launched in 2020. Jason Schreier, the journalist behind the story, called the title “war zone 2” on Twitter, and stated that it should be released in 2023.
While war zone regularly receives new content, including massive revisions like Pacific War Zone – none of this included a full-fledged sequel or separate release, only updates to the existing game. Activision hasn’t announced anything yet war zone followed.
This all lines up with comments from Phil Spencer, the new CEO of Microsoft Gaming. After the Activision deal was announced, Spencer said on Twitter that he had spoken to PlayStation management to let them know that Microsoft planned to “honor all existing agreements” and wanted to “keep Call of Duty on PlayStation”. The acquisition of Activision Blizzard is expected to be completed in Microsoft’s fiscal year 2023, which ends June 30, 2023.
As for what happens after those deals expire, Microsoft will have to decide whether it wants to keep Call of Duty – one of the world’s best-selling video game franchises – on its rival platform. During its earlier acquisition of Bethesda, Microsoft indeed maintained the company’s existing agreements for timed PlayStation exclusives, but announced plans to release the following games only on Xbox and PC platforms.