The pace at which Activision churns out new Call of Duty games has helped make it one of the most profitable franchises in the US. The most recent Call of Duty version, Vanguard, had lower year-over-year sales than 2020’s Black Ops, but was still the best-selling video game in the US last year, according to analytics firm NPD.

Activision may scale back Call of Duty schedule

Activision workers who spoke with Polygon last August said they worked nearly every day during the period when the company was preparing to release Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War in 2020, getting just one day off every three weeks to a month. “That was their gift to you during crunch,” the employee said.

Bloomberg reported last month that high-level employees at Activision were considering slowing down the Call of Duty schedule to help boost franchise sales. While this plan could change once Microsoft takes over, a revised schedule may be a bright spot for Activision employees working on Call of Duty.

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