There are those who believe that the upcoming Call of Duty game will bring the series back to life, but there’s accumulating indication that it’s hemorrhaging gamers at an unsustainable pace at the present. In reality, it seems that the issues that Call of Duty gamers have been raising over the past year are prompting many of them to stop playing the entries in the franchise altogether.
Once On Top Now On Bottom
There had been a point not in a distant past when Call of Duty: Warzone was a top-selling product. In fact, it was so well-liked that it aided the Call of Duty series in reaching a few significant benchmarks. A few years ago, the game had a monthly audience base of up to 150 million people! In contrast, although the audience base was once rocketing into the sky, it has been steadily declining.
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The company’s initial 2022 investment statement shows a sharp decline in Call of Duty game players spanning a couple of years. In only one year, the property has seen its weekly customer base shrink by over 50 million people. Blizzard must be concerned about the rapid decline in gamer numbers, even though the titles still have a large number of players that would leave many other creators envious.
Since the introduction of Call of Duty: Warzone a couple of years back, there has been a dramatic reduction in the number of gamers. There are two reasons why the publisher is pinning the dip in sales. Call of Duty: Vanguard’s publisher, Activision, claims that enthusiasm for the game has waned. The company also acknowledged that players are abandoning Warzone in greater numbers than in previous years.
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Considering Warzone is free-to-play, its part of the responsibility for the Call of Duty series’s user base woes is probably overestimated when compared to Vanguard’s impact. Many supporters have expressed unhappiness with Warzone for some time now and have been calling for a proper successor, which would help re-ignite excitement.
Blizzard looks to be relying on the introduction of Warzone 2 in the near future to reverse the decline in revenue and audience base. Infinity Ward is likewise planning on a Modern Warfare remake successor for 2019. It remains to be seen whether or if this will lead to a revival of the Call of Duty series, and if so, when.