As certain as the sun rises in the East and as sure as the tides of the vast rolling ocean, Activision has confirmed that the Call of Duty series will return in 2013 with an all-new entry to the franchise, which this year is due to raise the bar for innovation “even higher” than before.
Activision Chief Financial Officer Dennis Durkin ‘revealed’ the game during the company’s fourth quarter earnings report investor call recently, saying:
“The Call of Duty franchise continues to set the bar for innovation and we expect a new Call of Duty game in development for 2013 to raise that bar even higher.”
“There is increased volatility this year due to the ongoing console transition,” Durkin continued, “which makes predicting the future more challenging than during normal uses in the cycle. For Call of Duty, consistent with our past practices, we are planning for the main line release in Q4 to be down versus 2012.”
The annualised nature of the Call of Duty franchise makes this a bit of non news, to be honest, but what’s interesting about the statement is that Durkin makes a very strong reference to the fact that next generation consoles are likely to launch in 2013, which will give even the Call of Duty series a tough time as the game playing public is split and sales go towards hardware, rather than software.
The alternating developer strategy employed to keep series fans bathed in military shooter goodness has resulted in Treyarch and Infinity Ward switching up development duties year to year. 2012 belonged to Treyarch with Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, so it’s widely expected that Infinity Ward will be on for 2013’s edition, possibly with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 4.
Will the team reveal and release a game set in another portion of the Call of Duty universe, or do you think Modern Warfare 4 is a certainty? What about the chances of Sledgehammer Games or Raven taking on development responsibilities for a full game, or do you think these studios are now relegated to support development with multiplayer content and additional map packs?