Millions of Call of Duty users leaving the game after three years
Call of Duty might seem like an invincible franchise. But that’s only part of the story.
Activision is gearing up to release this year’s highly anticipated Call of Duty Modern Warfare II on October 28th. The title will include a map editor. It will also bring back beloved characters as well as weapons. People are excited about it. The fanfare around Modern Warfare II has been the strongest in recent years. You may be surprised to hear that Activision has lost millions of players.
Activision Blizzard has released its quarterly financial results. This includes data on player numbers. Activision titles, excluding King and Blizzard, had 127 million players in June 2021. However, this number dropped to 94 million by June 2022. It’s evident that Call of Duty is Activision’s most popular franchise, so it’s safe for us to assume that CoD gamers make up the majority of this number. This is a drop in players of 33 million, which I don’t think you need to know is quite a bit. It’s almost 26 percent.
This is Activision’s lowest point in three years. Eurogamer reports that player counts last fell below 100,000,000 in 2019, the same year Call of Duty Mobile was launched.
It is not secret that Call of Duty Vanguard was not Activision’s most popular CoD title. It was Activision’s worst launch in 14 years. We gave the game a respectable 7/10 in ‘s review. However, Activision stated that the “World War II” setting did not resonate with some community members. Maybe Modern Warfare II is what the franchise needs.