The conversation surrounding this year’s Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 has only just begun, but some are already turning their sights to 2019’s Call of Duty, which will reportedly continue the popular Modern Warfare subseries.
A recent report by Gaming Intel alleges that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 4 will be the Call of Duty installment launching in 2019. While the report is based on unsubstantiated sources, reliable Call of Duty news site Charlie Intel claims that its own sources have relayed similar information.
In addition to the next Call of Duty game continuing the Modern Warfare saga, Gaming Intel reports that the sequel will feature a full single-player campaign, as well as its own Zombies mode—a first for the subseries—and possibly its own battle royale mode. The inclusion of a single-player campaign is only news due to the shocking revelation to come out of the Black Ops 4 reveal event, from which we learned that this year’s shooter would support no such feature. This left many unsure about the future of single-player experiences in the Call of Duty franchise as a whole, but a comment by Treyarch senior producer Yale Miller gave fans hope for games to come.
“[The single-player mode] is only missing at this moment in time,” Miller told Daily Star Online following the event. “I really think with every game we make, we finish that title and then we ask ‘what is it fans are gonna love the most?’ If that’s another traditional campaign, then we’ll make another traditional campaign.”
Infinity Ward is up after Treyarch in Activision’s three-year Call of Duty developer rotation, and this developer has long been known for priding itself on its Modern Warfare single-player campaigns, particularly for their shock factors. The developer’s more recent Call of Duty attempts—Ghosts and Infinite Warfare—failed to resonate with fans, so it would make sense for the developer to go back to something more tried and tested.
The studio’s return to Modern Warfare is further evidenced by a recent Reddit post detailing several developers that have left EA developer Respawn Entertainment to take up positions at Infinity Ward. Respawn was originally founded by several Infinity Ward developers who left the studio after Modern Warfare 2, so if Activision is trying to recapture the old Modern Warfare magic, it would make sense that these are the developers you’d want to poach.
No details are yet official on 2019’s Call of Duty, particularly with everyone’s focus currently wrapped up in Black Ops 4.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is slated to launch October 12th on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and, unfortunately, NOT the Nintendo Switch. Gaming Intel has been doling out the reports recently, with a previous report alleging that Black Ops 4 may offer free DLC multiplayer maps through a completely reformatted post-launch content strategy.
Source: Gaming Intel