Although game developers and publishers put a great deal of time and money into advertising and promoting the games that they’re expecting to release during the year, they often save certain information for their investors. Activision is doing just that, revealing plans to release remastered games during 2018 in its latest annual investors report.
Activision detailed what it expects to draw new gamers and retain existing gamers during the upcoming financial year, discussing games like World of Warcraft: Battle of Azeroth and a new Call of Duty. Activision also plans to support its major hit Overwatch, but the real subject of interest is its plans for remastered games:
“…We expect to deliver ongoing content for our various franchises, including expansion packs for Hearthstone and Destiny 2, in-game events for Overwatch, and map packs for Call of Duty: WWII, as well as releases of remastered versions of titles from our library of IP.”
Unfortunately, Activision didn’t supply specifics on what these remastered games might be or even what systems they’ll be made available for. Given that Activision has an extremely large list of existing titles, anything is possible. However, a remaster of something like a prior Call of Duty is a good bet, though one can only hope it launches without similar problems to last year’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare HD Remaster. It’s also possible that this is the latest evidence that Activision is working on a Spyro Trilogy Remaster following the success of the Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy.
While Activision’s planned remasters remain a mystery at this time, it shouldn’t take long for them to come to light. Since the investor report claims that these games will be launched this year, they’re most likely complete or nearly complete. Activision may choose to reveal these games during E3, but it’s not a guarantee. Activision hasn’t had as much of a presence at E3 recently, with no booth in 2016 and no new games announced during 2017’s show. However, Activision also indicated in its report that it’s currently burdened with $4.4 billion in outstanding debt, so the publishing giant may choose this year to make the most out of E3.