Ah, good ol’, reliable Call of Duty. Every year heralds a new Call of Duty game without fail. 2012 saw the release of Treyarch’s ‘Black Ops 2’, and November last year witnessed the launch of ‘Ghosts’, the series’ newest entry. So, what does 2014 have in store for us? Well, I might be able to help you on that one.
Following the decision by Activision to create a three-year developer cycle for Call of Duty, Sledgehammer Games, who worked with Infinity Ward and Raven Software on Modern Warfare 3, are now working on the next Call of Duty title (for more on this, see my article: Yearly Instalments). ‘Call of Duty: 2014’, as it is currently known, is due for release this year (call me a mad man, but I’m betting on a November release date).
The fact that this will be Sledgehammer’s first, solo Call of Duty game instantly gives us a huge clue as to what Call of Duty: 2014 might be. Activision wouldn’t want to take a risk with Sledgehammer’s first game and send the series further downhill. Therefore, it is highly likely that this year’s Call of Duty will be Modern Warfare 4 (*cue collective groans*), a series that Sledgehammer already has experience with. The likelihood for this being a thing is only increased when you consider that an Infinity Ward executive was quoted to have said in an interview (pre-Ghosts launch) that CoD: Ghosts didn’t mean that “the Modern Warfare series is dead; it has just been put on hold.”
In my opinion, MW4 would be bad move for Activision, Sledgehammer, and Call of Duty as a whole. Don’t get me wrong, I really, really like the three-year developer cycle. I think it can only mean positive change for Activision’s biggest money-maker, but did they see the reaction MW3 had back in 2011? Players hated it! They thought Activision had spread the butter of the Modern Warfare series over too much metaphorical bread, so only God knows how the same people would react if MW4 was revealed. Furthermore, the new developer cycle allows Call of Duty to evolve and change in ways it hasn’t had the opportunity to since the original Modern Warfare. Continuing an already dragged-out series would ruin this golden chance to revive CoD and take it back to its glory days of 2007-2010.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 4 may not be a sequel to MW3 (for all we know at this time, it could be a prequel), but it will obviously be a part of the Modern Warfare universe. Whether this means references to other games in the series will be in it in the form of characters or events (a certain, atomic bomb incident from MW1 springs to mind) is also unclear at the time of writing.
None of this is enough to say that Modern Warfare 4 would be a bad game, especially with the possible hint of photo-realistic graphical quality, taken from a recent tweet from an account linked to Sledgehammer Games. But it just isn’t necessary or wanted, and Activision knows it.
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