The next Call of Duty title is going to be Call of Duty: Ghosts 2 and it is due for release in November 2016. Well, that is if this article by a U.K magazine is to be taken seriously.
If you think of it though, it all adds up. Fraghero was sent this scanned copy of the image by a reader going by the name Mari Fernett. Upon request, Mari was happy to speak with us and told us the magazine in question is the February issue of Games TM and the game was mentioned under a feature called “2016 Most Wanted Games”.
As you can see, the author of the article mentions Call of Duty: Ghosts 2 among the most anticipated games for 2016 and says that Infinity Ward needs to really step up its game if it is to reach the level it did with the Modern Warfare games.
Now, let’s go back a bit. Considering the issue is of February, it went to print sometime in January this year and the article must have been written even earlier. We assume around mid-Jan.
As we all know Activision actually confirmed that the next Call of Duty was being made by Infinity Ward on February 11 during an investors call, the developers of the Modern Warfare games as well as Call of Duty: Ghosts.
This was followed by a tweet by Infinity Ward themselves –
— Infinity Ward (@InfinityWard) February 11, 2016
Games TM is a respected magazine which has been operational for a long time and although it certainly seems like a gaffe from its end, it does add up with everything that followed. The author might just have forgot that the game wasn’t officially confirmed yet and somehow it went past the editors too.
Here is the full transcript of the magazine –
When creative strategist Robert Bowling exited Infinity Ward in 2012, he put the departure down to the studio doing “too much ‘pew pew’ not enough new new.” We got a look at what he meant with the release of Call of Duty: Ghosts – a solid, yet unspectacular next-gen debut for the franchise. Infinity Ward will have had three years to work on a follow up, and it needs to showcase the same creative spark that once put in on the map with Modern Warfare back in ’08 if it wants any chance of standing shoulder to shoulder with Sledgehammer and Treyyarch.
Interestingly, the same article also mentions a new Need for Speed game, Battlefield 5 (a leak suggested it was set in World War 1) and Destiny 2. Although it doesn’t give out any new details. It marks Destiny 2 to be released near the end of 2016 though.
Whatever it is, this certainly suggests that the game Infinity Ward is working on right now is a sequel to Call of Duty: Ghosts. The ending of Ghost also hinted towards a sequel and we might be getting one this year.
The release date also fits in line with the annual Call of Duty release schedule so it is safe to assume Call of Duty: Ghosts 2 will be releasing in November 2016.
It will be interesting to see how Infinity Ward carries the series forward and when an official announcement would be made.
We’ve tried to reach out to both Activision and Infinity Ward regarding this story and would update it if either of them chooses to respond.