Activision Blizzard has also revealed its plans during their quarterly financial earnings report.
Luckily, Daniel Ahmad, the senior analyst at Niko Partners, has recapped what one of the AAA publishers was talking about. From Activision’s half, we heard that in Q4 2020 (between October and December), they will release a new Call of Duty, but they did not say who is developing it. (Last year, we heard that Sledgehammer and Raven weren’t able to work together, and Treyarch might have stepped in, even though they made 2018’s Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII. Their next CoD is supposed to come in 2021, as Infinity Ward, Treyarch, and Sledgehammer are rotating the series annually.) It could mean that the 2020 Call of Duty could be cross-gen, so it would be on both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, as well as PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X. The series is a rousing success each year. There are also several „remastered” and „reimagined” titles in development. They are going to be announced this year. (We suspect that one of them could be Call of Duty 2 Remastered.)
Blizzard said that 2018’s BlizzCon’s biggest negative surprise, Diablo: Immortal (which is co-developed with NetEase, a Chinese tech giant), will enter alpha testing in mid-2020. (Wasn’t it announced too early then? A mobile game isn’t often in development for at least two years…). World of Warcraft Classic will continue getting new content along with other Blizzard titles (Overwatch, Diablo III…). Finally, King (Candy Crush Saga) announced that they will invest in mobile titles this year. We’d add this. Crash Bandicoot Mobile. We found a survey for it on Twitter, but it seems you can already sign up for it now.
So Activision Blizzard will gain a ton of cash with remasters… but what will they bring back?
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