Call of Duty: Modern Warfare came out only a few months ago and managed to revive the Call of Duty franchise to heights that it hadn’t seen in years. With the Modern Warfare reboot, Infinity Ward has made the decision to go back to what made the Call of Duty series so great in the first place. There are no jetpacks or space battles in this one. Instead, we have the classic Modern Warfare setting with a darker undertone.
In addition to the campaign though, the multiplayer mode has also been declared as one of the best the series has seen in ages. The result? Call of Duty: Modern Warfare has managed to become the most successful Call of Duty game of this generation. And not only that; according to Activision, easing off the microtransactions also actually ended up being more profitable for the company since players were playing for longer periods of time.
However, despite the success of the game, Modern Warfare has seen its fair share of bugs and glitches over the past few months with Infinity Ward hard at work trying to fix all of them. The game has also continued to receive consistent content updates with new game modes and weapons being added regularly.
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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare has a very healthy player base with the game always lurking around the charts top online multiplayer games. However, just as the players were easing into the game and finding their rhythm with their loadouts and strategies, it seems like Activision is already looking forward to scrap it all and move on over to the next big thing.
Call of Duty 2020 confirmed in Activision earnings report – Could potentially be Black Ops 5
In it’s earnings report for Q4 of 2019, Activision laid out its plans for 2020. In those plans, the publisher confirmed that a new Call of Duty game is indeed in its plans for 2020 and is currently under development. Earlier reports suggested that the Call of Duty game for 2020 was having some troubles with its development due to some creative differences between Sledgehammer and Raven who were co-producing the game.
However, newer reports suggest that all of that has been sorted out as Activision has brought Treyarch in to patch things up. Treyarch usually develops the Black Ops series of the franchise while Sledgehammer has previously developed other Call of Duty titles like WWII and Advanced Warfare. Treyarch’s involvement means that the game could actually end up being Call of Duty: Black Ops 5.
There is a slight problem with Black Ops 5 though. The previous entry in the series, Black Ops 4 came out less than 2 years ago and we know at this point that these studios work on a three-year development cycle and rotate their releases. If Call of Duty 2020 does end up being Black Ops 5, expect a lot of unhealthy crunch for Treyarch.
Obviously Treyarch would be assisted by Sledgehammer and Raven but those studios are rumored to be turning their previous work into the campaign for Call of Duty 2020. So, things don’t look very promising for Call of Duty this year and chances are that it could turn out to be an incoherent mess.
Too soon for another Call of Duty game?
If you were hoping to settle into Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and enjoy some peaceful months of stability with this game, you’re out of luck because the hype train for the next game is already leaving the station. Don’t want to hop on? Well, you don’t have a choice since this game will probably get completely abandoned by Activision once the next Call of Duty game comes out.
Yes, other people might still be playing Modern Warfare once the next game rolls out but knowing Activision’s track record, expect a complete diversion of attention to the new shiny thing which would cause the player base of Modern Warfare to drop rapidly.
In all honesty though, a lot of players feel fatigued by the constant onslaught of Call of Duty games every year.
I mean, we’ve gotten an actually great Call of Duty game with amazing replayability and longevity after such a long time that it would be nice if Activision continued to support the game for more than a year. Additionally, maybe taking the Battlefield route to release cycles i.e. taking a year off between game releases could actually help with fleshing out the multiplayer and expanding the universe of the game a bit.
Modern Warfare currently just has so much potential and room for expansion. There are tons of areas that could be explored in future content updates but a new game basically means that most of that potential is going to get overlooked. However, as long as people keep buying the yearly Call of Duty games, Activision is going to keep making them. So, i guess people do want a new Call of Duty game every year after all.
In any case, hopefully Modern Warfare will not get abandoned after Call of Duty 2020 comes out and the two games can actually have a healthy and symbiotic life next to each other.
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