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New Call of Duty is on track as Warzone boosts Modern Warfare numbers

Published: 10:39, 06 May 2020
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Activision's latest earnings call has provided a few nuggets of information on the annual Call of Duty title, as well as Warzone's effects on the franchise.

The confirmation came straight from the horse's mouth, as Activision's CEO Bobby Kotick stated that World of Warcraft: Shadowlands and the next premium Call of Duty are on their way. 

"Our development and commercial teams quickly adapted to this new work environment. And as of now, we're on track to deliver compelling new content, including the World of Warcraft: Shadowlands expansion and the next premium Call of Duty release, both of which are planned for the second half of the year", he said. 

The work environment being referred to here is, of course, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, which has taken its toll on Activision as well. Nevertheless, Kotick stressed that he's continually impressed with employees' dedication and drive throughout this period. 

Activision's launch of Call of Duty: Warzone has been an absolute success, even more so when taking a look at the behind-the-scenes number. 

Not only did a free-to-play CoD game not cannibalise the premium franchise's revenue, it boosted them and the playerbase too. 

We recently commented how Warzone's free Modern Warfare Access weekend may have had something to do with the uptick in the latter's physical sales, but it seems it was the same story in the digital domain. 

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"Warzone also contributed to a further acceleration in Modern Warfare's in-game net bookings, which more than doubled year-over-year versus the prior game in Q1 even with the removal of the Season Pass. And this momentum has only strengthened the third season of in-game content launched in April and is Call of Duty's best performing to date for both engagement and player investment", said the company's COO Daniel Alegre. 

You can find Activision's Q1 2020 conference call here .

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