This means that no Call of Duty game will be launched in 2023, a significant move for a brand that has released new entries every year since 2005. According to Bloomberg, Activision Blizzard moved the release of Call of Duty from 2023 to 2024 as a result of Call of Duty: Vanguard. Vanguard fell short of expectations, and some executives at Activision believe that new Call of Duty games are being released much too often for each to have the same impact as past installments.
This decision has nothing to do with Microsoft's purchase of Activision Blizzard. In reality, Microsoft has no control over the publisher because the deal isn't expected to finalize until next year at the earliest.
Treyarch is creating the game that will be released in 2024, following Activision Blizzard's three-studio rotation for making Call of Duty entries (Infinity Ward creates one, Treyarch develops another, Sledgehammer Games develops a third, and then it's back to Infinity Ward). While Treyarch's Call of Duty will be delayed for at least another year, Bloomberg reports that Activision Blizzard will have other projects to occupy the year 2023.
A new Call of Duty, a sequel to Infinity Ward's Modern Warfare , will be launched this year, and that's one of the content pipelines Activision Blizzard will have heading into 2023. This year will also see the debut of a sequel to the free-to-play battle royale game Warzone. In addition, Bloomberg reports that a "new free-to-play online title" will be released next year, with Treyarch contributing to its development. However, the article does not specify whether or not this will be a Call of Duty game.
“We have an exciting slate of premium and free-to-play Call of Duty experiences for this year, next year, and beyond,” an Activision Blizzard spokesperson told Bloomberg in an email. “We look forward to sharing more details when the time is right.”