A new year brings a new Call of Duty, and Infinity Ward will be responsible for this year’s installment.
Activision divides production across three studios: Infinity Ward, Treyarch, and Sledgehammer, with cooperation from additional teams, in order to keep Call of Duty’s annual release cycle.
Infinity Ward is once again up to bad having previously developed 2019’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, as well as the ongoing Call of Duty: Warzone. Infinity Ward’s official Twitter account confirmed the news by tweeting that a “new generation of Call of Duty is coming soon,” along with the words, “Stay frosty.”
This could mean that Infinity Ward is working on a sequel in the Modern Warfare series given the 2019 reboot was met with positive reviews and commercial success. Leaks previously suggested that the next Call of Duty is indeed a Modern Warfare sequel and that 11 studios are hard at work on it.
As far as features and storylines, Activision is keeping those under wraps. In the latest financials, Acitivison simply says that Infinity Ward is “working on the most ambitious plan in franchise history, with industry-leading innovation and a broadly appealing franchise setting.”
Call of Duty: Vanguard, developed by Sledgehammer, was released by Activision last year. The World War 2 setting had “lower premium sales” than the Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War release from 2020. Similarly, Call of Duty: Warzone involvement dropped over the quarter.
While the future of the Call of Duty brand has been called into question as a result of Xbox’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard, rumors claim that the franchise will continue to be an annual, multiplatform franchise for the time being.
For our thoughts on Infinity Ward’s last Call of Duty game, check out IGN’s review of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.