As part of Activision Blizzard’s latest earnings report this week, the company updated how its various businesses are preforming, with Call of Duty sales on console and PC falling short. Activision Blizzard also teased plans for “new, unannounced” Call of Duty games.
The net bookings for the company, which measures the net amount of products and services sold, declined year-over-year for the Call of Duty franchise. That includes both physical and digital sales for the PC and console during the first quarter. The publisher attributed this downturn to “lower premium sales” of Call of Duty: Vanguard, when compared to the same quarter in 2020 with Black Ops Cold War. On top of this, Call of Duty: Warzone also saw “lower engagement” during Q4, which also impacted results.
All of that being said, Activision Blizzard said “in-game player investment” on console and PC for Call of Duty stayed “well above” the levels it reached after the launch of Warzone back in March of 2020. Just to point out, even with the decline in sales, Call of Duty: Vanguard was still best-selling game in the US during the 2021 period.
Although Call of Duty sales on console and PC might have taken a hit this quarter, Call of Duty: Mobile did fantastic. Its own net bookings grew year-over-year, mainly thanks to China. Call of Duty: Mobile “grew strongly” in 2021, exceeding $1 billion worldwide.
In other Call of Duty news, Activision also confirmed that 2022’s new game will be developed by Infinity Ward. “The team is working on the most ambitious plan in franchise history, with industry-leading innovation and a broadly appealing franchise setting,” Activision said.
Activision also stated in its earning report that it continues to add support to its Call of Duty development teams around the world to help with the franchise’s “ongoing live operations.” These teams will also be developing “new, unannounced” games in the Call of Duty series.