Last year, Activision decided to eliminate the campaign from Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, and many long-time fans of the franchise weren't pleased to say the least. Despite the fact that the game is known for its multiplayer modes, the campaign is still an important part of the experience. It gives the developer the ability to tell unique stories — ones that the team feels are important — without the risk of failure.
Today, Activision Blizzard announced that this year's Call of Duty game will feature a campaign. Infinity Ward is likely the team assigned to the task this year, and it's known for producing incredible games. According to a report by Charlie Intel, during the earnings call, the company praised the 2019 Call of Duty game and that it "will have a new, expansive campaign." As expected, multiplayer and co-op experiences are also part of the package. It's unclear if the battle royale mode will make a return though.
Unfortunately, this news was overshadowed by the layoffs taking place at the company starting this week. Today, Activision Blizzard informed its thousands of employees that layoffs will be taking place across the board. It's unclear what the extent will be, but as many as 800 employees may be let go. The executives said that there aren't enough projects in the works to warrant this much staff. Despite supposedly having the best financial results in the company's history, people will be let go.
Financial analysts expected Activision Blizzard to earn roughly $3 billion in revenue, but it fell almost a billion short. However, Activision Blizzard promised to double-down on its most popular franchises and expand those teams in 2019.