Love it or loathe it, Call of Duty is a juggernaut that’s quickly gobbling up all of Activision’s resources in order to sustain itself. You may have read recently about the Call of Duty: Warzone event, which saw the original Verdansk map nuked and replaced with an 80s alternative. That was designed to coincide with a new season of content, and of course blueprints are being added all the time.
Now another subsidiary, Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time developer Toys for Bob, has been enlisted to help out. The studio has been deployed specifically on Warzone, as confirmed by a Twitter post by the team. Unfortunately, the group has also suffered a round of layoffs, with a number of former staffers posting that they were let go.
There has been speculation that the next Call of Duty game, scheduled to release on PlayStation 5 and PS4 later this year, is not in a good place. While the rumours stem from social media “insiders”, the suggestion is that Activision already has a recovery roadmap in place because it’s not expecting the title to launch smoothly. Obviously, the pandemic will have seriously impacted its plans.
Whether the decision to deploy Toys for Bob on Warzone is related to these leaks is unclear, but practically all of Activision’s studios are now working on the first-person franchise. As much as we’re impressed by Call of Duty’s post-release support, there’s an argument on this evidence that what it’s doing may not be practical for much longer.