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Activision to Delay Next Year’s Planned Call of Duty Game

  • 2023 will be first without a mainline release in two decades
  • Studio behind now-delayed game to help with free-to-play title
Attendees play the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare video game at the Tokyo Game Show 2019 in Chiba, Japan.

Attendees play the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare video game at the Tokyo Game Show 2019 in Chiba, Japan.

Photographer: Kiyoshi Ota/Bloomberg
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Activision Blizzard Inc. will delay a Call of Duty game that had been planned for next year, the first time the franchise will be without an annual mainline release in nearly two decades, according to people familiar with the plan.

The company is pushing off the release after a recent entry in the series failed to meet expectations, leading some executives to believe that they’re introducing new versions too rapidly, said the people, who asked not to be identified because they weren’t authorized to discuss the deliberations. The decision was not related to Activision’s agreement to sell itself to Microsoft Corp. for $69 billion, the people said.