Call of Duty 2019 is being developed by franchise creator Infinity Ward and has been long rumored to be a fourth installment in the popular Modern Warfare series, following 2011’s Modern Warfare 3. Earlier this week, news broke from Kotaku’s Jason Schreier that the next installment would, in fact, be a soft reboot of the Modern Warfare series, simply called Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.Activision appears to be preparing to reveal the next Call of Duty, as it has changed its social media accounts to reflect the impending announcement. The franchise says it is “going dark” and has changed its logo icon on its official Twitter account.
That all seems to suggest an announcement is imminent, likely sometime before or during E3 2019. Activision usually announces its annual Call of Duty installments before E3. Though Activision doesn’t hold its own press conference for the event, a Call of Duty trailer is often featured at the press briefings for Microsoft, Sony, or both. This year Sony is bowing out of E3, but Microsoft could still show it off.
Rumor has it that the next Call of Duty will be a reboot of Modern Warfare, dropping the numbers and simply calling itself Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. This would be the fourth Modern Warfare game, following up on last year’s Black Ops 4.
Interestingly, the Twitter account for Infinity Ward — the studio developing this year’s Call of Dutyentry — has not gone dark in solidarity with the game’s official accounts.
Not much is known definitively about the new Call of Duty, but there has been plenty of speculation and rumors pointing to it being Modern Warfare 4. However, a new report this week claimed that Infinity Ward and Activision are dropping the number system and instead simply going with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. Furthermore, the game is expected to be a “soft reboot” heavily inspired by Modern Warfare 2.
As to what the game will actually end up being, it’s been an open secret for a while now that it will be another entry in Infinity Ward’s popular Modern Warfare series. However, the narrative has changed recently on which direction they will be going with it. For several months it appeared that it was just going to be a sequel called Modern Warfare, though recent reports suggest that it will actually be a “soft reboot” for the series simply called Modern Warfare.
Whatever ends up being the case, the official announcement will be coming soon and we’ll bring you the official details as soon as they become available. CoD 2019 is in development for PS4, Xbox One and PC.Activision typically reveals its new Call of Duty installment prior to E3. The publisher doesn’t host its own E3 press conference but typically shows up during Sony’s or Microsoft’s briefing to unveil a trailer. With Sony bowing out of E3 this year, Microsoft is really the only option. Of course, Activision does usually have a presence on the E3 show floor, so it’s likely we’ll hear some impressions about the game next month.
Call of Duty games are generally announced in Late April/Early May with additional gameplay footage shown at one of the press conferences during E3. Leaving the reveal this close to E3 is an unexpected move, however, following the recent rumors about 2020’s Black Ops 5, Activision turning all social media accounts dark now means that May 30 is almost guaranteed.