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Call of Duty Will Get a “Premium Release” in 2023

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 has been a smashing success for Activision thus far, and it appears that 2023 will bring gamers new content after all. Previously, news had surfaced that there would be no new AAA Call of Duty release in 2023, and that appears to still be true but it doesn’t mean there won’t be any new Call of Duty content at all.

Activision has confirmed that Call of Duty will get a “premium release” in 2023, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it will be a brand new AAA game in the series. According to Jason Schreier, the new content will be in the form of an expansion to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.

If true, it will be an interesting test to see what kind of appetite gamers have for a full-priced expansion rather than a new release entirely.

God of War Ragnarok Developers Thought the Game Wasn’t Good 3 Months Ago

Reported by IGN today, God of War Ragnarok devs thought the game was going to be bad just a few short months ago due to a story that was trying to cram too much into one entry. There was an ongoing debate on whether to make the series 2 games or extend it into a trilogy. In the end, the push to complete the saga in two games won out, and the developers say no major story elements were cut to get everything into two games.

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It’s crazy that a game that is getting so many perfect scores by reviewers had it’s developers “freaking out” just a few short months ago. God of War Ragnarok releases this week on PS5.

Take-Two Updates and Strategy

In their recent quarterly earnings call, Take-Two, publisher of GTA and NBA 2K games, revealed some sales numbers and a look into their approach to game development. It was revealed that Grand Theft Auto 5 has surpassed 170 million units sold, while Red Dead Redemption has now sold 70 million units. As a franchise, GTA has now sold a staggering 385 million units.

In addition, Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick stated that the publisher has 87 games currently in development, with 38 of those being mobile titles. There are 24 “immersive core” games in development at Take-Two studios, which is their term for AAA games like Grand Theft Auto and NBA 2K. Finally, Zelnick stressed that he would take delays over flops any day while explaining to investors why some of the release schedule has been adjusted.

Nintendo Switch Sales Milestone

The Nintendo Switch has been a huge success by all accounts, and it is approaching 115 million units sold since its launch in 2017, having just recently passed 114 million consoles sold. The company also stated on its earnings call that they are working on strategies to make sure there are Nintendo Switch consoles in stores for the holiday season, but that they have decreased their sales projection by 2 million units to 19 million.

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Equally impressive is the performance of Mario Kart 8, which has now sold 50 million units. It has gotten a few releases, but Mario Kart 8 is easily one of the biggest successes Nintendo has had in the past decade.

Early Black Friday Deals at Walmart

Walmart has announced some early Black Friday deals, and there are some pretty good gaming deals included in there. If you’re a Walmart+ member, the prices are available right now, but everyone else will have to wait until 7 PM on November 8.

Here are the current Black Friday deals that stand out for gamers:

  • Xbox Series S with Fortnite and Rocket League Bundle – $279
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – $40
  • Battlefield 2042 (pre-owned) – $18
  • Madden NFL 23 (pre-owned) – $23
  • FIFA 23 – $50
  • The Quarry – $20
  • Saints Row – $25.50
  • Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands: Next Level Edition – $20

There’s a lot more there, so head to Walmart’s Black Friday page to check out all the deals.

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