Call of Duty’s Future Revealed in Activision Breach
In December 2022, an alleged breach occurred at Activision Blizzard, and it’s only now that the results of that breach are leaking out. Reportedly, the near future of Call of Duty has been uncovered, including the upcoming seasons of Modern Warfare II and Warzone 2.0, and the next games to be released in the series. As part of the alleged breach, stacks of employee data were also obtained, but since the breach (apparently) occurred, Activision has remained quiet on the matter.
For a while, it seemed as though 2023 would be the first year in over a decade when a new Call of Duty would not be launched. However, rumours have begun surfacing of a new ‘premium’ Call of Duty release arriving later this year, which is something that was corroborated by these alleged leaks.
What Did The Activision Breach Reveal?
According to Insider Gaming (and taken from Twitter user vxunderground), this breach occurred on December 4th, 2022. It has taken almost three months for the information to fully leak, but now that it has, it has lifted the lid on the near future of the Call of Duty series. It was claimed that an Activision employee working in HR was phished, with a ‘malicious operator’ gaining access to files, employee information, and schedules.
It was that latter part that proved to be the most revealing.
In the schedules that were discovered during the breach, several key dates were revealed for Modern Warfare II, initially, including the seasonal structure for the year ahead. Here’s what 2023 looks like for the latest Call of Duty title:
- Season Three, March 15th – May 15th
- Season Four, May 15th – July 16th
- Season Five, July 17th, September 14th
- Season Six, September 15th, November 8th
There was also a string of information uncovered related to the content coming to the ecosystem in 2023. This includes seven core maps, a special Halloween event, licensed operators, a small-form map, and ‘at least’ another 240 bundles, spread out across the year.
Insider Gaming’s coverage of the breach also revealed that there seem to be two planned Call of Duty projects in development. Firstly, ‘Jupiter’, which is due to enter an alpha phase this summer. Then, there’s Cerberus, which is due to drop in 2024.
It was originally believed that Modern Warfare II would last two years, but it certainly seems now that that isn’t to be the case. It was thought that the Call of Duty League would play out in an unprecedented fashion, using the same game for two years, but that isn’t the expectation anymore.
Only time will tell if these leaked dates turn out to be accurate.