As we inch closer towards autumn, it’s becoming increasingly clear that a fresh Call of Duty installment is on its way. Confirming long-standing speculations, Activision has revealed that the forthcoming game will be Call of Duty: Modern Warfare III, developed by Sledgehammer Games. The publisher also announced that the latest addition to the rebooted series will launch on PCs and consoles, potentially including Nintendo Switch, on November 10th.
While exact details remain scant, apart from a teaser video, Activision recently suggested an unprecedented feature: the ability for players to transfer elements like operators, weapons, and bundles from the previous Call of Duty game (in this instance, Modern Warfare II) to the succeeding one. This was a key hint that the next title would indeed be Modern Warfare III, rather than reverting back to a World War II backdrop.
There was a point in time when it appeared that a completely new Call of Duty game wouldn’t be released this year. Rumors in early 2022 indicated that Activision might ease off the accelerator and focus on delivering a major expansion for Modern Warfare II, while updating Warzone and working on the next core game. However, the publisher opted to maintain its pattern of launching a full-priced Call of Duty game annually.
Back in February, Bloomberg stated that Modern Warfare III was likely to incorporate maps and modes from the previous year’s game, yet still present as a distinct, full-priced game. The specifics of how Activision plans to transition into Modern Warfare III will be unveiled over the coming weeks and months.
Simultaneously, Microsoft appears to be closing in on its looming $68.7 billion acquisition of Activision Blizzard. If the deal goes through as expected, it’s highly probable that Modern Warfare III will become the first Call of Duty game available on Xbox Game Pass on the day of its release.