call_of_duty_2014The Call of Duty franchise is one that will not die off anytime soon. It is the number one video gaming franchise that is currently generating about a billion dollars per year. So as you can imagine, fans of the franchise are eagerly awaiting to find out when the release date of the next Call of Duty game is going to be. Game Informer magazine (http://gameinformer.com) has already run a teaser about a 2014 release date, and they’re planning a cover story to share more details. The owner of the franchise, Activision, has released a video regarding the story of the next Call of Duty game. It hints that the story revolves around private military contractors and how corporations hire these contractors to go on actual military missions. It is kind of similar to the real life scenario surrounding the company “Blackwater” and how the federal government hired them to do missions in Afghanistan.

The story quality of Call of Duty games typically reflects their success and number of sales. Call of Duty: Ghosts was one of the weaker games of the franchise and many gamers complained that its story was terrible. But if you look at Call of Duty: Black Ops II, gamers loved the story and the number of sales it had certainly reflected that. Insiders for the next Call of Duty game say the story is going to be great and it should mirror the success of Black Ops II. Of course, the story alone will not make a decent Call of Duty game. If it did then the studios could just hire one script writer to think up a good story for the game and that would be it. Instead, Activision has three major gaming studios that are all devoted to making Call of Duty games. Why not? When you have a franchise that makes you $1 billion in annual revenue then you certainly want to have as many people working on it as possible. The three studios are Sledgehammer Games, Infinity Ward and Treyarch. Activision allows these studios to rotate the launch dates of the Call of Duty games they make every year. Sledgehammer Games is the one responsible for the next Call of Duty game that is about private military contractors. There are high hopes by both Activision and fans of the franchise that Sledgehammer will produce a great game. We shall see.