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Call of Duty releases haven’t slowed down a bit over the previous few years, however the fervor of the followers apparently has. Player numbers for the franchise are nonetheless outstanding, however they’ve fallen when in comparison with this time final yr.

Activision Blizzard’s Q2 2022 monetary report has been launched, and as Eurogamer noticed, it reveals that simply over 30 million Call of Duty gamers have dropped off of the franchise. In June 2021, there 127 million gamers; in June of this yr, that quantity had shrunk to 94 million. To be clear, 94 million gamers remains to be a large quantity, particularly when in comparison with different gaming communities, but it surely does symbolize a dip within the participant base nonetheless.

Of course, the query is then what precipitated this participant base to shrink. The two key culprits would appear to be Call of Duty: Vanguard and Call of Duty: Warzone. Vanguard wasn’t as huge of successful as earlier entries, and Activision Blizzard chalks that as much as its World War II setting. Meanwhile, Warzone 2.0 is within the works, and though it is not going to be changing the unique Warzone, there are presumably many gamers prepared to leap ship for the brand new model.

There’s a superb probability we’ll see these numbers get better with the following Call of Duty game. Modern Warfare 2 releases on October 28, and it’s a sequel to Modern Warfare 2019. That game was “the most successful Call of Duty title to date” in line with Activision Blizzard, so a sequel serves as a chance to carry the participant base again up. Warzone 2.0 can also be deliberate to launch “later this year.”

Of course, the Xbox acquisition of Activision Blizzard might play into this too. Microsoft is predicted to maintain Call of Duty multiplatform (no less than within the instant future), however Sony nonetheless believes that new possession might affect which console players purchase. Roping off Call of Duty on Xbox consoles doesn’t sound just like the form of move that will make the participant base develop.