Pull up a stump, old chum, and let’s chew over the latest batch of entirely believable Call of Duty rumours, which could be confirmed, denied, or forgotten about in just a few more days.
The first and most credible cab off the rank comes via IGN, which claims to have received a photo of GameStop’s promotional display plans for the next Call of Duty game.
The plan simply describes the game as “Call of Duty title” for multiple platforms, and expects posters to arrive in-store and go on display on May 1.
As it’s quite unlikely Activision would allow retail promotional material to proceed the shooter’s reveal, we may be in for an information drop mid-week; as IGN notes, this lines up neatly with previous years’ Call of Duty marketing schedules.
The listing is not available now, so there’s no proof it isn’t a PhotoShop job, but the text accompanying it is quite interesting:
“The franchise that has defined a generation of gaming is set to raise the bar once again with the all-new Call of Duty: Ghosts. Published by Activision and developed by Infinity Ward, the studio that created the original Call of Duty and the seminal Call of Duty: Modern Warfare series. Call of Duty: Ghosts ushers in the next generation of the franchise, delivering a riveting all-new gameplay experience built on an entirely new story, setting and cast, all powered by a new next-generation Call of Duty engine.”
Every Call of Duty game since Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare has used a modified version of the same engine. Although it has been significantly upgraded on multiple occasions, the use of the same core technology has been the focus of some criticism of the franchise.
Activision hasn’t made any official noises about the next Call of Duty, but we can probably expect it to launch on next-generation consoles when they drop at the end of the year.