It’s one of the busiest times of the year in the game industry. Studios around the world are prepping to remain relevant during the entertainment onslaught that is E3. Activision has already stated they won’t be there, but they apparently still have a trick up their sleeve. Reports are emerging that the publisher plans to host a Call of Duty: Modern Warfare reveal next week, showcasing the soft reboot of the iconic series.
It’s been a well circulated rumor that the next iteration in the franchise would be from the Modern Warfare series. However, instead of continuing on numerically with Modern Warfare 4, Activision is instead planning to revert the series’ title back to simply Modern Warfare.
Kotaku sleuth Jason Schreier confirmed the news earlier today as well. Schreier comically notes that “The first one was “Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare” so obviously the fourth one is “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.” Video games are absurd”. Indeed, Jason. Indeed.
Activision is expected to host their Modern Warfare reveal next week on May 30th. There, we’ll get first details on the soft reboot. Prior details divulged to GamingIntel suggested “the next Modern Warfare game will have a campaign similar to No Russian, an extremely controversial mission which featured in Modern Warfare 2.” GamingIntel went on to state that “modern day terrorism would be featured within the Call of Duty 2019 campaign.” Kotaku’s report also supported these claims.
If history is anything to rely on, the May 30th date sounds like a safe bet for a fresh Call of Duty reveal. Activision typically pulls the curtain back on these titles during the month of May.
We’ll likely get some additional details on the new Call of Duty during E3 week even though Activision won’t be hosting a press conference. The publisher plans to host a separate event much like EA. One thing we certainly won’t be seeing though is unauthorized celebrity likenesses in future games.