Next Call of Duty title calls back to Modern Warfare, literally

Where have we heard that name before?

Call of Duty's Icon Michael Hassall · 25 May 2019


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Activision has announced the name of their next Call of Duty game. Say hello to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.

Wait, what?

Fans might remember that the original Modern Warfare game was titled Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, so this decision is curious to say the least. As the fourth iteration of the Modern Warfare sub-series, one might expect a name like “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 4.” But It seems that Activision going with “The Fast and the Furious” system of naming (the fourth entry in the film series was simply named “Fast & Furious”).

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The unusual choice comes amid suggestions that the fourth Modern Warfare game isn’t just a continuation of the series, but a “soft reboot.”

Perhaps this is a chance to see some of the most memorable moments from the original game, such as the nuke scene and helicopter crash, recreated with modern technology. However, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered was released less than three years ago, so a visual update has already been done.

The confusing name and seeming retread of old ground comes amid a period of turmoil for the franchise. Earlier this month, Treyarch revealed that it had assumed primary responsibility for developing Call of Duty 2020, a game which many expected to be part of the Black Ops sub-series.

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