Next Call of Duty detailed in 'coming weeks'

Activision Blizzard has revealed that the next installment in the Call of Duty franchise will be revealed in the 'coming weeks.' Also, it was announced that the upcoming title will sport features from the company's Beachhead-developed "digital platform."

24

Though Call of Duty: Black Ops is now claiming the title of "best-selling game of all time" in the U.S. and Europe, Activision Blizzard claims the franchises upcoming "initiatives" will be the most successful in the franchise's history.

During its Q1 2011 investor call, Activision Blizzard revealed that details for the next installment in the Call of Duty franchise will be revealed in the "coming weeks," dousing the fires of a reported Official PlayStation Magazine UK reveal in gasoline. As expected, the game's release was pegged for "this fall."

Though Activision Blizzard wouldn't go into detail regarding the upcoming title, the company said the new game will feature an "unprecedented online experience." When pressed for further details, it was confirmed that the upcoming title will sport features from the Beachhead-developed "digital platform" Activision Blizzard announced during its Q4 2010 investor call.

Beachhead's initiative is to offer an unknown level of "in-game integration" on consoles, "invest" into the community, and help to further monetize the Call of Duty brand.

Activision Blizzard boss Bobby Kotick was quick to point out that the publisher is not "taking anything away from the current game experience." Reiterating previous promises that the company "never, ever" charge gamers to play online. Instead, Beachhead's platform is expected to add other features.

Reports in January pointed to the next installment of the Call of Duty franchise being developed by multiple teams, including the slimmed down ranks at Infinity Ward. Developer Sledgehammer Games is also working on a game in the Call of Duty franchise, which is described as a "first-person shooter, action title."

We expect to be bombarded with details leading into E3 2011 and at the actual event itself.

Filed Under

From The Chatty

  • reply
    May 9, 2011 5:00 PM

    Xav de Matos posted a new article, Next Call of Duty detailed in 'coming weeks'.

    Activision Blizzard has revealed that the next installment in the Call of Duty franchise will be revealed in the 'coming weeks.' Also, it was announced that the upcoming title will sport features from the company's "Beachhead-developed" digital platform i

    • reply
      May 9, 2011 5:16 PM

      CoD 4 was excellent. They need to do everything possible to capture what they had then. If it follows the trend that MW2 and Blops created I'm going to be incredibly disappointed... But not surprised :/

      • reply
        May 9, 2011 5:20 PM

        What would you say was the big difference between MW1 and MW2/Blops? It sure feels like it's all pretty much the same, but that MW1 was a breath of fresh air when we were still saturated with WW2 shooters, and the later games have just rehashed the same thing. I don't feel like there's a huge change in the actual quality of the games.

        • reply
          May 9, 2011 5:30 PM

          I think that's the problem. They had something fresh and new and great. They've been rehashing it very poorly, they lack polish, some of the items/weapons in game are ridiculous, the quality of online play has deteriorated exceptionally. The story isn't about being a soldier which it was (at least partially) in MW1, it's all special ops, wet work, undercover behind the scenes stuff. No thanks.

          • reply
            May 9, 2011 5:43 PM

            They're only giving themselves 18 months to develop each iteration, so unless they once again uncork lightning-in-a-bottle, I don't see a major innovation. But the record sales are effectively rewarding mediocrity.

            I thought the Black Ops single-player was a nice follow-up to the World at War storyline, and better-polished, though with some of the iw4 / MW2 annoyances carried along (stupid "FOLLOW" hud element, for example). I still haven't played actual online multiplayer, but the bot mode is nice for setting up quick TDM matches and messing around with the weapons. I did play CoD4 online for a few weeks on an awesome clan-administrated server, but then the server went down, and I couldn't find its equal. We all know what happened on the PC with IWNet, and rampant cheating, and there were still apparently problems with Black Ops PC (even with the "dedicated servers" all through one hosted provider).

            Raven's going to have a steep hill to climb against Brink and Battlefield 3.

            • reply
              May 9, 2011 5:54 PM

              I also miss the days when the Call of Duty series concentrated on military scenarios that did happen, as opposed to Cold War fanfic scenarios that would shock and awe Michael Bay. They used to have retired soldiers consult; now they have current and former PMCs, which makes it sound like they're going after mercenaries and punks with M4's. Is there any more honor in the Call of Duty series?

        • reply
          May 9, 2011 8:08 PM

          COD4 MP is a lot better than both COD5/6, i dont know what's exactly the problem, they feel very fast and dumb

          • reply
            May 9, 2011 8:27 PM

            i prefer cod blops myself

          • reply
            May 9, 2011 10:29 PM

            I agree. Everything was right in CoD4. They struck some sort of simplistic yet magical balance with CoD4 that was perfect for small scale, mindless, infantry only deathmath. I could have done with a few more killstreaks, guns, perks, and equipment options but they went totally overboard in MW2. The only things I'd keep from MW2 are the throwing knife, riot shield, and tactical insertion. I'd also like the attack dogs and RC from BLOPS. I'd also like a kevlar/body armor perk that allows you to survive the first knife stike but you have to give up something good like stopping power or UAV jammer.

            And yes, CoD was better with Juggernaut and Martyrdom in it.

    • reply
      May 9, 2011 5:18 PM

      Modern Warfare 3, releasing November 8, 2011. They're probably just making sure that Brink releases well before they make their announcement.

      • reply
        May 9, 2011 10:29 PM

        Brink? My sarcasm detector is off and I genuinely hope Brink does very, very, very well (if I had the spare cash I'd get it now, because I honestly want to support anyone who releases a stand alone server, these days that is just damned classy in my book), but I don't think they give a flip about Brink. That's like comparing Zoroaster with Jesus.

    • reply
      May 9, 2011 5:21 PM

      Call of Duty: la la la la BF3 doesn't exist edition.

      • reply
        May 9, 2011 7:13 PM

        ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

      • reply
        May 10, 2011 4:53 AM

        Haha, well played! I somehow keep forgetting Battlefield 3 is coming out. Hopefully Battlefield will be the game that keeps me from buying another CoD game.

    • reply
      May 9, 2011 5:23 PM

      Well, everyone knows it'll sell like hot cakes. They could just as well call it Call of Duty: Dog Crap and the sheep will buy it up.

      The big questions is - what sort of retarded acronym will the fanboys use to reference it? It's going to take a lot to topple "Blops"

      • reply
        May 9, 2011 6:09 PM

        everyone who likes call of duty is a sheep

      • reply
        May 9, 2011 6:12 PM

        I don't think sheep would buy dog crap. What do sheep like? Grass? Lawn of Duty.

    • reply
      May 9, 2011 5:41 PM

      Now with a hastily thrown-together Bin Laden Compound mission.

    • reply
      May 9, 2011 6:12 PM

      They should refer to their company as being "brofunded".

    • reply
      May 9, 2011 6:12 PM

      Call of Duty: United Offensive 2.


      You heard it here first.
      Who am I kidding? Call of Duty 7 1/2, give us all your monies






      • reply
        May 10, 2011 3:37 AM

        If i was like COD UO I would but it instantly. I see this modern warfare stuff for atelast another COD or 2. I miss WW2.

    • reply
      May 9, 2011 6:16 PM

      Yeah! More low res textured gaming! Design it FIRST! for PC's, then downgrade! Stop with ports of consoles for us PC users!!!

    • reply
      May 9, 2011 6:32 PM

      i don't understand why everyone thinks that anyone who enjoys call of duty is a mindless sheep. i genuinely have enjoyed the past couple games...

      • reply
        May 9, 2011 7:05 PM

        It's often mocked for its very linear and silly single player, and there's some truth to those criticisms. The MP can be fun, and I'd say 99% of dudes I know who play games would play little else.

    • reply
      May 9, 2011 7:00 PM

      Call of Duity 4: Orange and Teal

    • reply
      May 9, 2011 7:30 PM

      I'd be happy if they focused more on modern warfare without a crazy, over-the-top michael bay story and infinite spawning bad guys. Something closer to the latest MoH, but better.

    • reply
      May 9, 2011 8:22 PM

      Hai guys what's going on in this thread?

    • reply
      May 9, 2011 8:50 PM

      Still one of the worst company names to date.

    • reply
      May 9, 2011 9:24 PM

      Call of Duty is no different than the Madden series now

    • reply
      May 9, 2011 9:45 PM

      Call of Duty is so big, news that news is coming out in a few weeks is considered big news.

    • reply
      May 9, 2011 10:10 PM

      COD: Abbottabad?

      • reply
        May 10, 2011 1:15 AM

        COD: Talk Abbottabad Sequel

      • reply
        May 10, 2011 7:36 AM

        I would say chances are 50/50 that they will find a way to work in a level that is very similar to that situation.

    • reply
      May 9, 2011 10:23 PM

      But will it make the fall 2011 release date? Probably but it must have been terribly rushed to make this fall. After Infinity Ward imploded that left them what? About 1.5 years for another studio to jump in, come up to speed, make some changes, and ship a CoD title. And it wasn't Treyarch taking the lead on that so it had to be the third studio Activision stood up: Sledgehammer. I don't see how they could do much more than rearrange the perks and guns with less than 2 years dev time.

    • reply
      May 10, 2011 1:02 AM

      No disrespect to the Developers or fans of this franchise (I own them all as well), but...


      blah, blah, blah... who cares. Until CoD decides to break out of its tired old mold, I've lost interest.

    • GFB
      reply
      May 10, 2011 1:33 AM

      Let's hope PlayStation Network is up before November then :)

      A month has passed, and I still can't enter my Mortal Kombat 9 redeem code...

    • reply
      May 10, 2011 7:05 AM

      wow, more mindless running to activate the next check point while dumb ai bots spawn out of thin air... cant wait.....

    • reply
      May 10, 2011 7:12 AM

      "HURDEEHURR this game is so beneath me!"

      sorry for liking the mulitiplayer part of the game and getting my $60 worth, nerds

      • reply
        May 10, 2011 7:37 AM

        It's in to hate on the COD franchise. I have had more fun with MW2/BLOPS multiplayer than I have with any other MP game in years.

    • reply
      May 10, 2011 8:32 AM

      PAY PER WEAPON / PERK. Do the evolution!

    • reply
      May 10, 2011 8:55 AM

      Did NuShack just eat the rest of this post?

    • reply
      May 10, 2011 9:47 AM

      no thanks :)

      • reply
        May 10, 2011 9:49 AM

        wait wait... hmm.... announcing a new title right after a recent world event... i dont think im too sure about this... but hey.. Medal of Honor sucked too and it tried to make things current...

        • reply
          May 10, 2011 10:52 AM

          This is pretty much the time of year every new CoD is announced.

    • reply
      May 10, 2011 1:10 PM

      Call of Duty: Same Old Shit: You'll Still Buy It