Activision’s quarterly results reveal Blizzard and King Software doing well as Call Of Duty sees falling engagement and sales

On the heels of quarterly results from EA, Nintendo and PlayStation, Activision Blizzard has released its own financial results.

Usually, these results are released during an investor call, but this time the publisher published its results in a press release. He cites the ongoing transaction for Microsoft to acquire Activision Blizzard as the reason the information had to be released in this manner. Nonetheless, the results reveal that Blizzard’s Warcraft, Warcraft-related and Diablo franchises are doing well. King’s mobile software is doing well too, but Call of Duty has taken a hit this year.

“Net bookings for Call of Duty on console and PC declined year-over-year in the fourth quarter, reflecting lower premium sales for Call of Duty: Vanguard compared to the prior year title and an engagement less in Call of Duty: Warzone,” said Activision Blizzard. the bed version. “Gamer investment in gaming in the fourth quarter on console and PC remained well above the level seen prior to the launch of Warzone in March 2020.”

The press release also confirms something widely known to people who follow Call of Duty: this year’s annual release is being developed by Infinity Ward, the team behind Modern Warfare in 2019. Activision says Infinity Ward is working on “the most ambitious plan in franchise history, featuring cutting-edge innovation and a broadly appealing franchise setting.”

However, Call of Duty mobile saw its net bookings increase year-over-year in the fourth quarter, thanks to the title’s distribution in China. Activision also says it continues to expand its studios and development resources around the world to pursue its plans for “ongoing live operations and new unannounced titles in the Call of Duty universe.”

On the Blizzard side, World of Warcraft recorded record engagement.

“Across the Warcraft franchise, World of Warcraft’s reach and engagement in the fourth quarter continued to benefit from the combination of modern and classic gaming under one subscription,” the press release reads. “In 2021, World of Warcraft delivered its strongest engagement and net bookings outside of a modern expansion year in a decade. Hearthstone’s fourth quarter net bookings increased year over year , thanks to a constant cadence of new content.

The press release also states that Blizzard is planning “substantial” new content for the Warcraft franchise in 2022, including new experiences for World of Warcraft and Heartstone. It also says that Blizzard plans to release “all-new mobile Warcraft content into the hands of players for the first time” in 2022.

On the Diablo side, Diablo II: Resurrected has sold more units in its lifetime so far than any other Activision Blizzard remaster over an equal period.

“Blizzard is making great progress on its pipeline, including new experiences in Warcraft, ongoing development in Diablo and Overwatch, and an exciting new IP,” the press release reads.

King’s software, which is primarily mobile-based, saw both net bookings, growth and engagement increase year over year.

These quarterly results come just weeks after Microsoft announced the acquisition of Activision Blizzard for a record $68.7 billion. Find out how this acquisition compares to other entertainment acquisitions, then learn about the dead Activision Blizzard franchises we hope Microsoft and Xbox will bring back after this.

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