We’ve come a long way since Modern Warfare 3 was released. It’s been 2 and a half years since we’ve heard the first whispers of Modern Warfare 3 hitting the shelves. Black Ops 2 was released in November, roughly 5 months. Not only that, Black Ops II took to the bank 1 billion dollars in 15 days. Activision has gotten better at selling copies of Call of Duty on a yearly basis.
I mean, it took 17 days for the box office seller Avatar to reach 1 billion dollars. It took Modern Warfare 3 a day less to reach 1 billion. Activision plans to break this record again in the future. If they plan to do that, I think they’ll come back with a well known name. That name is Modern Warfare. But that’s not the only reason why I think Call of Duty: MW4 is the final name of the next Call of Duty title. There’s a lot of reasons…
The name has been thrown around for a while now.
Modern Warfare 3 was months away from release, Sledgehammer Games was excited to show interest in working on MW4. [Source] When the name has been thrown around for a while, it usually is the smartest marketing move to bank on it.
Sledgehammer Games says so.
Sledgehammer Games made a listing for a job. The listing said it’s for the next title in the Call of Duty franchise. [Source] Going by Sledgehammer Games’ interest in making the next Modern Warfare title, I’m inclined to think that the next Call of Duty title is a Modern Warfare title.
Neversoft says so.
There was a massive leak by a Neversoft insider stating that MW4 is in development. [Source] There’s a quote that directly confirms that MW4 is indeed in development.
We expect it.
Still reading, and still second guessing? Well, there are a lot of rumors swirling that the next title is MW4. [Source]
Activision announced that it’s working on the next Call of Duty title.
During an investor call, the C.E.O. of the publishing arm of the Activision Blizzard, Inc. company said that a new Call of Duty title is coming in 2013. [Source]
Little details can lead as confirmation.
There was a scam going around on the internet, supposedly giving you a chance to get a Modern Warfare 4 beta before the game is released. [Source] It was shut down by the owner of the domain. [Source] This scam may not be much, but lends into my earlier point. If the name has been thrown around long enough, it’s a smart marketing move to use that name.
The steam is picking up…
A lot of sites are speculating about Modern Warfare 4 for months. Like this one in January, from Offical PlayStation Magazine. And will continue until the reveal.
Unexpected Reveal? More like expected reveal, Activision!
An alleged Infinity Ward employee registered, and launched a website, called ““unexpectedreveal.com” The site teases that the next Call of Duty reveal is in a matter of weeks. [Source] With Battlefield 4 being revealed on March 26th, this is quite the coincidence. [Source]
The teaser site infers that the next Call of Duty title is a Modern Warfare title. In fact, the screenshot was of Modern Warfare trademark: A blurry screen with “Objective Updated.” Most of the fonts used in these screenshots were in Modern Warfare style.
MP1st brings up an excellent point: There was a similar lead-up with Modern Warfare 3. So, why was Activision so quick to deny it to websites? We’re expecting it, Activision. No sense in hiding!