Images that were recently snuck out of a GameStop reveal database listings for products and merchandise apparently celebrating an upcoming Call of Duty: Black Ops IV.
The leaker sent the images to Call of Duty fan site Charlie Intel, with the listings detailing the retailer’s inventory of Black Ops IV lanyards, T-shirts, and other products. While the merchandise is priced, the listings read that the retailer currently has none in stock, with it scheduled to arrive in May.
Assuming the images are legitimate, this arrival date will presumably align with the game’s official announcement and reveal, likely dropping in April or May, to lead up to a more substantial reveal during E3 2018. The three GameStop images can be found below.
The third image makes a curious mention of a “Call of Duty W@W” display. This may tease that Black Ops IV is following in the footsteps of Infinite Warfare‘s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered with an updated release of Call of Duty: World at War, but we’ll have to wait and see.
Activision has yet to officially confirm what Call of Duty 2018 will actually be, but the evidence mounting for Black Ops IV makes it almost beyond doubt. According to sources cited in a Eurogamer report, Call of Duty: Black Ops IV will be the installment to drop this year, continuing developer Treyarch Studios’ venerable sub-series. The game will reportedly feature a more grounded design (i.e. no jetpacks). According to the claims of a separate source, a self-proclaimed industry insider, the shooter will launch on the Nintendo Switch, in addition to the other three conventional Call of Duty platforms.
Activision recently confirmed Treyach to be the next Call of Duty developer, although most people already guessed this, based on the publisher’s three-year Call of Duty developer cycle. Whatever Treyarch has in the works, game design director David Vonderhaar considers it to be the studio’s best work yet.
Hopefully it takes less than 10 years to get good at figuring out all the things I should be doing to help the design team and all of @Treyarch respond to those challenges while doing the best work of their lives.
— David Vonderhaar (@DavidVonderhaar) March 3, 2018
In other Black Ops news, Black Ops III is still going strong, with a recent update adding a new map and game mode to its multiplayer.
Source: Charlie Intel