Last Saturday Kotaku posted a report on what’s happening with the Call of Duty franchise over at Activision’s studios. Jason Schreier pointed out that since 2012 Activision has been following a three-year cycle with the main Call of Duty subseries, developed by their three lead studios: Infinity Ward, Treyarch, and Sledgehammer Games. According to this scheme, the current title in development by Infinity Ward is a new Modern Warfare title, which Schreier says it’s an open secret. What we didn’t know, and what Schreier has just reported on Twitter, is that it’s a soft reboot called simply Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.
I can confirm this is true, and that it's hilarious. The first one was "Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare" so obviously the fourth one is "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare." Video games are absurd https://t.co/Ghb1m2srC4
— Jason Schreier (@jasonschreier) May 24, 2019
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare was the fourth overall entry in the Call of Duty series, released in 2007. It was then followed by the highly controversial Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 in 2009, which came after Call of Duty: World at War, when the main series started to dispense with numbered titles. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 came out in 2011, then the subseries morphed into the slightly less successful Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (2014) and Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare (2016). It seems that a soft reboot might be Activision’s attempt at revitalizing the franchise.
Activision has also been working on several remastered versions of the original Modern Warfare titles. The first one, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered (Our Review) came out in November 2016. Last year we reported on rumors that a possible Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Remastered would ship without multiplayer. This rumor was confirmed last March when the remaster was leaked by PEGI, according to our report. Also, according to Schreier’s report from last Saturday, it looks like the next title in the franchise might bring some big changes in terms of monetization:
Internally, Activision executives have started to talk about embracing free-to-play as a revenue model—once anathema to the publisher—and, three sources say, are looking into offering a free-to-play component for this year’s new Modern Warfare, although the specifics may not be finalized yet. Some within Activision have remained resistant to the idea.
We’ll probably find out more at this year’s E3, as Activision has confirmed they will share information on the Call of Duty franchise.
Are you excited for a soft reboot of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare? Or were you hoping for a proper sequel? Let us know in the comments below!