Will the next Call of Duty have a next gen price tag?

Kotaku and many other media outlets in the gaming press reported on Thursday that the new NBA 2K21 will have a hiked price of £65/$69.99 for the new Playstation 5 and Xbox Series X consoles. 

A spokesperson for 2K was quoted by Kotaku as saying: "We believe our suggested retail price for NBA 2K21 on next-generation platforms fairly represents the value of what’s being offered: power, speed and technology that is only possible on new hardware.”

The new game is supposedly designed to take advantage of the new consoles' enhanced graphical and processing power, in addition to their fast SSDs for no loading times. How true this will be remains to be seen. 

Unsurprisingly, many YouTube commentators were unhappy at the news of the price: 

This brings me on to the next Call of Duty game (whatever it will be called). Activision-Blizzard have a history of gouging gamers until they bleed. Only recently, the new Crash Bandicoot game was supposedly including micro-transactions until it was clarified that it wouldn't have any. Phew. 

There has been a lot of speculation and rumours as to what the new Call of Duty game (slated for a 2020 release, possibly alongside the new consoles I would expect) will be. The leading rumour is a Black Ops remake/remaster of some kind. Treyarch is in the driving seat, along with Sledgehammer Games, according to this excellent post by techradar

It should hopefully be revealed soon (possibly at the July Xbox event? That would be a great time to do so) 

Show me the money!

While there has some been a steady drip of news about which titles will take advantage of Microsoft's 'Smart Delivery' system (such as Cyberpunk 2077) that will give you a free next gen copy if you bought a previous gen version, I am somewhat apprehensive about whether Activision-Blizzard will give you a next gen version of Call of Duty for the grand price of nothing if you buy a PlayStation 4 or Xbox One copy. 2K Games are not in this camp and I wouldn't be surprised if the next Grand Theft Auto (if it was cross generational) didn't decide not to go for smart delivery. 

What will the price be for the next Call of Duty? I wouldn't be surprised if the price for the game was £65/$69.99. The $70 mark could, indeed, be the standard bearer for the next gen, despite the possibilities of a post COVID-19 global recession. 


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