Call of Duty fans, breathe easy — you WILL be getting a new game in the series this year. After that, though…
Living on the West Coast means you’re often behind a lot of people in finding things out. Often I first learn about a thing through waking up in the morning and booting up social media and seeing everyone else’s reactions to something insane I don’t know about yet. It took me a few scrolls to piece together what happened while I was asleep THIS time, but eventually it dawned on me that Microsoft just announced it had purchased Activision Blizzard.
It’s November, so it’s time for a new Call of Duty. And this year, Call of Duty: Vanguard returns the series to its most familiar setting: World War II.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know Activision has been embroiled in a massive scandal as of late — its sister studio Blizzard has been accused of misogyny and fostering a toxic, abusive culture. Some of the accusations are so nauseating that sites have had to post a warning before describing them. CEO Bobby Kotick’s response was typically Koticky (read: tone-deaf, arrogant and avoiding the issue), prompting Activision’s employees to stage a massive walk-out. It’s in this firestorm that Activision has been forced to reveal its next Call of Duty. So, uh….how is it?
Over the next few days, players of Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War may notice some frequent updates…hitting July 13 at 9 PM PT for players of the full game and July 14 at 9 PM PT for players of the Warzone spinoff. You’ll notice the return of a classic map and new modes in Cold War, a new objective mode in Warzone, and more Zombies-related content…all in prep for the launch of Season Four Reloaded on July 15.
Players of Call of Duty Warzone had to wonder what was going on last Wednesday, when a nuclear blast detonated over the Verdansk map. Anybody who was on that map was teleported to Rebirth Island, where they had to decipher some in-game hidden messages to trigger another event. That event: a time warp that transported all players back to 1984 and a new (to you) version of Verdansk, straight out of the past. Season Three of Warzone has begun!
Call of Duty Mobile is heading off to other shores for its April 17 update. This coming Saturday the third season will introduce lots of weapons and armor from medieval Japan, as well as appropriately themed maps to try them out in.
We should be getting some big info about the next Call of Duty pretty soon, but there’s plenty going on in Warzone / Modern Warfare to talk about. Season Five launched on August 5, in all versions of the game.
However way you answer the Call of Duty, you’ve got some new content to enjoy right now as Activision launches Season 3 in both Modern Warfare and its battle royale spinoff Warzone.
Call Of Duty Warzone is free. Call of Duty Modern Warfare is not. This much we know, but our modern times live by no rules. This weekend only, anyone with a Warzone account can try out the multiplayer in Modern Warfare for free.
The stories started spreading yesterday….somehow, footage of a remastered edition of Call Of Duty Modern Warfare 2 was showing up all over YouTube. It wasn’t just one user, or one video…many folks seemed to have access to it. There had definitely been a leak, and now the game’s existence was undeniable, but when would it be officially revealed?
Giving away a piece of Call of Duty and devoting it to Battle Royale seems to be one of the smarter decisions Activision has made in recent years. It only just launched within the month, but Call of Duty Warzone has now been downloaded over 30 million times, and is one of the most streamed games on Twitch.