Activision has said that Call of Duty: Vanguard has underperformed, due in part to its World War II setting.
As part of its new annual report (thanks VGC), the publisher noted:
“While Call of Duty remains one of the most successful entertainment franchises of all time, our 2021 premium release didn’t meet our expectations, we believe primarily due to our own execution.
“The game’s World War II setting didn’t resonate with some of our community and we didn’t deliver as much innovation in the premium game as we would have liked.”
It is worth pointing out, of course, that Call of Duty: Vanguard has performed very well. It’s just that Activision considers its performance disappointing in comparison to previous entries.
The publisher then went on to note that the next entry in the series will address both issues.
“We are working on the most ambitious plan in Call of Duty history,” the report states. “With over 3,000 people now working on the franchise and a return to the Modern Warfare setting that delivered our most successful Call of Duty title ever.”