With Call of Duty: Warzone off to the races, another "premium release" for Call of Duty on the way, and World of Warcraft: Shadowlands set to launch before the year's end, Activision's not lacking for big names this year. Apparently, that's not all—we'll be seeing two entries in other familiar Activision franchises this year as well.
Word of two unannounced titles "based on library IP from Activision" comes from the publisher's latest quarterly earnings meeting. Specifically, the unannounced legacy IP titles are mentioned in a presentation slide on Activision's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. "While nearly all employees transitioned to working from home, we continue to expect to deliver a robust slate of content through the year," the slide reads, specifically citing the next Call of Duty, Shadowlands, and these two mystery titles.
There are plenty of Activision-owned franchises that either of these titles could be part of, though the solid evidence pointing to any of them is scant at best. Take Crash Bandicoot, for instance: fans are desperate for news of any Crash game, but the takeaway for Activision from the success of the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy may have been "more remasters," and not necessarily "more Crash."
Given the multiple comments that skaters and musicians have made about a new Tony Hawk's Pro Skater game, as recently as earlier today, that could also be a prime candidate for a revival. Then again, 2015's Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5 was so poorly received that you'd have to imagine it'd take some serious will to get a full, new title off the ground. Possible, but is it likely? Why not Spyro, or another Guitar Hero revival?
A phrase like "library IP" is a reassurance for investors, but for players and fans it mainly serves to spark speculation and excitement. Whatever they are, chances are good we'll be hearing about them soon, especially if either of them are slated for the next generation of consoles. Microsoft is kicking off monthly presentations on the Xbox Series X later this week with a look at some third-party titles, and really, anything that's slated for release later this year will see the light of day sooner or later unless Activision's planning a serious surprise.