Call of Duty 2019 May be Reviving a Fan-Favorite Series

Call of Duty 2019 May be Reviving a Fan-Favorite Series

Infinity Ward is releasing the next Call of Duty game, and there are hints that it will be bringing the series back to the present.

Call of Duty could be gearing up for its annual release cycle early this year after Infinity Ward's senior communications tweeted a cryptic gif that many are taking as a teaser for the next Call of Duty game.

The skull gif is potentially a tease for a sequel to Infinity Ward's Call of Duty: Modern Warfare series which features a protagonist named "Ghost." The tweets were originally suspected to be a reference to Call of Duty: Ghosts, but Kotaku's Jason Schreier debunked those rumors. Instead, it seems like the tweets could be referencing Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2's Lieutenant Simon "Ghost" Riley who wears a skull print balaclava.

There have been three Modern Warfare entries from Infinity Ward and a Modern Warfare 4 would be the first sequel to Modern Warfare in eight years after Infinity Ward took a detour with 2013's Call of Duty: Ghosts and 2016's Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare. A Modern Warfare sequel would also line up with Activision's predictable Call of Duty release cycle.

Activision utilizes a rotating development system that allows for a Call of Duty game to be released annually and Infinity Ward, Treyarch, and Sledgehammer Games take turns developing and releasing a Call of Duty game each year. In 2017 Sledgehammer released Call of Duty: WW2 which took the series back to its World War 2 roots, and last year Treyarch released Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 which omitted a story mode in favor of an expanded zombie mode and a battle royale mode called Blackout.

While this means it should be Infinity Ward's turn to bat, the skull gif alone is by no means a proper announcement. There's also no word on whether Infinity Ward will be following Treyarch's footsteps by releasing a multiplayer-only version of Call of Duty, or whether it will feature a single-player campaign like in WW2 and past Modern Warfare games.

In the meantime, you can check out our Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 guide including tips for Blackout battle royale and breakdowns of different Black Ops 4 multiplayer classes. We should know more around May, which is when Call of Duty is typically unveiled.

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Matt Kim

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Matt Kim is a former freelance writer who's covered video games and digital media. He likes video games as spectacle and is easily distracted by bright lights or clever bits of dialogue. He also once wrote about personal finance, but that's neither here nor there.

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