Call of Duty fans might want to consider taking some time off around Halloween. The next installment in the franchise, Modern Warfare II, will be released on October 28. It is the sequel to 2019’s Modern Warfare, a reboot of the blockbuster series.
Activision Blizzard has released a teaser video showing no gameplay. Instead, it reveals artwork for some of the characters who will be featured: John “Soap” MacTavish, Simon “Ghost” Riley, Captain John Price, Kyle “Gaz” Garrick and Alejandro Vargas.
A gameplay reveal (if you really need one to know what a modern Call of Duty game is like) may not be that far away. The teaser features a quick flash of text that reads “J-8-22”. That could point to a wider reveal on June 8, just before the big gaming showcases of Summer Game Fest and Xbox and Bethesda.
It’s Infinity Ward’s turn to release a Call of Duty title and the studio has their hands full as they’re also responsible for Warzone. A “huge evolution” of the Battle Royale will take place later this year in line with the release of Modern Warfare II. For example, both games will have a new engine.
Modern Warfare II is arguably the most important Call of Duty title for Activision Blizzard in many years. The series is the crown jewel of the company. While the most recent release, Call of Duty: Vanguard, was by some estimates the best-selling game of 2021, it saw “lower premium sales” at launch than the previous year’s entry, Black Ops Cold War.
In the first three months of 2022, the Activision side of the company (which includes Call of Duty) saw a major year-over-year drop in engagement from 150 million monthly active players to 100 million in the wake of the company’s misconduct scandals. . With the acquisition by Microsoft pending and reports that there may not be a new Call of Duty game in 2023, Activision Blizzard is hoping that Modern Warfare II performs strongly.
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