Following months of rumours, Activision – nonetheless reeling from stunning reviews it fostered an organization tradition the place sexual harassment, assault, and inappropriate behaviour had been capable of thrive – has confirmed this yr’s Name of Obligation recreation shall be a sequel to 2019’s Trendy Warfare.
Growth will, based on an announcement buried on the backside of Name of Obligation’s most recent community update, be dealt with by long-time Name of Obligation studio Infinity Ward. The developer can also be mentioned to be engaged on a brand new Warzone “expertise”, each being designed collectively and each constructed from the “floor up” utilizing a brand new engine.
The announcement of a brand new Warzone was additionally anticipated – Bloomberg reported a follow-up to the Name of Obligation themed Battle Royale expertise was within the works a number of weeks in the past – however it stays a curious proposition. It’s, in spite of everything, uncommon that free-to-play stay service video games – designed to be long-term investments for gamers – get sequels, and even rarer for it to occur barely two years into the primary recreation’s life.
Precisely how this new Warzone will in the end current itself – as a completely self-contained sequel or as a continuation of the unique recreation, with participant progress being carried over – stays unsure, with Activision solely saying it could convey a “huge evolution of Battle Royale with all-new playspace and a brand new sandbox mode.”
In the present day’s announcement follows plenty of equally low-key reveals from Activision Blizzard in current weeks – specifically a brand new Blizzard survival recreation and a cellular port for World of Warcraft – and comes as the corporate nonetheless offers with the fallout of final yr’s State of California lawsuit calling Blizzard a “breeding floor for harassment and discrimination in opposition to girls.”
Because the lawsuit was filed, Activision’s disastrous makes an attempt to proper its public picture have solely worsened. CEO Bobby Kotick was subsequently the topic of a damning report claiming he was conscious of sexual misconduct inside the firm “for years”, whereas Activision continues to attract ire for its obvious union-busting efforts in opposition to Raven Software program staff.
All this unfolds as Activision Blizzard makes preparations for its acquisition by Microsoft, which not too long ago purchased the writer for an astonishing $69bn. That buyout has left many pondering the way forward for the Name of Obligation sequence on non-Xbox platforms, however that query was answered earlier this week when Microsoft made a dedication to launch Name of Obligation on PlayStation “past the present settlement and into the long run”.