Today during Activision’s quarterly conference call, Activision Publishing CEO Eric Hirshberg announced that 2013 will see the release of another Call of Duty title. Hirshberg did not reveal any details about the new game, other than that it would be arriving in 2013 and would continue to “set the bar high” for the competitors of the franchise.
Will Activision reveal Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 4 later this year? Looking back, it wouldn’t be a huge surprise if Activision continued the Modern Warfare franchise in 2013. 2011’s Modern Warfare 3 saw that fans haven’t quite yet had their fill of that portion of the Call of Duty franchise, if sales of the game are any indication.
A team consisting of Sledgehammer Games, Raven Software and the remaining Infinity Ward staff pumped out a game that was on par with its predecessors, and made some meaningful advances in the gameplay as to indicate that they were fully capable of taking over the reigns on this franchise every other year.
Activision hasn’t made any announcements about what the next Call of Duty would be, but given its track record, an announcement or leak should probably be expected within the next couple of months. The company has produced a Modern Warfare and Black Ops title every other year since 2009, and has seen a rigid information release schedule over the years that would lend to this assumption that their next game will be Modern Warfare 4.
However, this year could be somewhat different for Activision and the Call of Duty franchise. The executives on the Activision earnings call indicated next generation systems could be arriving in the next year, which we presume them to be speaking of the Xbox “720” and PlayStation 4. Hirshberg didn’t get into details about whether this next Call of Duty game would arrive on new consoles at launch, but with how big of a money maker it’s been for the publisher, it’s probably safe to assume that it will.