Together with dying and taxes, it appears one other certainty in life is an annual main Name of Responsibility launch, and 2021 is not any exception. Activision has confirmed that in fact, it’s as soon as once more making a Name of Responsibility sport for launch this yr, and as has been reported, Sledgehammer is again on the helm making it.
This was revealed throughout Activision-Blizzard’s Q1 earnings name, throughout which Activision stated the sport was each “wanting nice” and “on observe” for launch within the fall of this yr. It would embody a marketing campaign, multiplayer, and co-op play, and can “combine with and improve current Name of Responsibility ecosystem” — presumably a reference to compatibility with Warzone, as has occurred with Black Ops Chilly Conflict. And critically, it is being “constructed for next-generation expertise.”
Past that, we do not have too many extra particulars concerning the subsequent Name of Responsibility, although Activision guarantees extra particulars “quickly.” The identical report that talked about Sledgehammer means that the sport might be known as “Name of Responsibility WWII: Vanguard” and can incorporate (unsurprisingly) a World Conflict II theme, although stories have differed as as to if it is a simple WWII take or an alternate timeline.
Sledgehammer has beforehand been in control of each Name of Responsibility: WWII and Name of Responsibility: Superior Warfare, and has assisted Infinity Ward and Treyarch on different current Name of Responsibility titles.
Name of Responsibility continues to do exceeding properly as a franchise for Activision, with immediately’s earnings name and outcomes noting that Name of Responsibility at the moment boasts 150 million month-to-month lively customers [MAU] throughout all video games. Free-to-play Name of Responsibility and Name of Responsibility cellular have practically tripled complete MAUs throughout all Name of Responsibility video games since their launches final yr, helped partly by the current launch of Name of Responsibility Cellular in China bringing in “tens of thousands and thousands” of latest gamers. Activision targeted on Name of Responsibility’s success as a cornerstone of its earnings name immediately, making it clear that they intend to proceed constructing out the Name of Responsibility franchise, in addition to implement its enterprise mannequin into the corporate’s different franchises.
Rebekah Valentine is a information reporter for IGN. You’ll find her on Twitter @duckvalentine.