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‘Call of Duty’ 2022: Infinity Ward confirms it’s developing a ‘new generation’ title rumored to be ‘Modern Warfare 2’

From the "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare" story trailer | Photo credit: Infinity Ward via Call of Duty / YouTube screenshot

“Call of Duty” is expected to have another new title later this year, and Infinity Ward appears to confirm it is the main studio developing the next game. The developer did not say much, but the announcement comes after months of rumors that the developer will deliver the highly requested “Modern Warfare 2.”

Infinity Ward surprised the “Call of Duty” community with a tweet on Thursday that reads, “A new generation of Call of Duty is coming soon.” Fans were quick to remind everyone else about the rumored “Modern Warfare 2” in the making.

Noted leaker Tom Henderson reported last November (via VGC) that Infinity Ward has been working on the “Modern Warfare” follow-up, which is said to be slated as the 2022 iteration of “Call of Duty.”

It appears that the next main series installment would be quite different from the World War-themed “Vanguard” or even the first “Modern Warfare.” “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2” is rumored to feature a campaign based on a war against drug cartels. The upcoming game is also expected to feature more close-quarter combat and challenging decision-making tasks.

While the main story for “Modern Warfare 2” seems different, the same leaker noted that the beloved Task Force 141 is bound to return in the 2022 “Call of Duty.” Their return is expected to influence the range of weapons and vehicles available in the game since the group is known for taking a more quiet, sneaky approach in entering enemy territories.

The same source added that Infinity Ward took the time to revamp the AI system for the 2022 “Call of Duty” for a more immersive experience. NPC enemies are expected to react more realistically when they are wounded.

Going back to Infinity Ward’s teaser this week, it seems like “new generation” are important keywords to remember. And it would not be surprising if this leads to speculations about the 2022 “Call of Duty” launching only on PS5 and Xbox Series X/S and not on earlier console generations.

However, Henderson tweeted that the 2022 “Call of Duty” is planned to launch on both console generations, meaning it would be available on PS4 and Xbox One as well. But the leaker claimed that the “new generation” teaser is referring to the “Modern Warfare 2” DMZ mode and “other plans.”

Microsoft is in the process of acquiring “Call of Duty” owner Activision Blizzard for almost $69 billion. But both companies have committed to making the series remain available on multiple platforms or at least the games that are already in the pipeline.

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