There is a lot of information about the new Call of Duty 2019 that we can share from leaks, and from official statements. Even though there is no official name for the new Call of Duty yet, it’s looking more and more like this is Call of Duty Modern Warfare 4 thanks to the latest leaks and to some NCAA players getting a chance to play it at the NFL Draft.
We now have confirmation that Activision will announce the 2019 Call of Duty game this quarter, which means you will hear about it before the end of June. This isn’t a shock, given the traditional timing of an announcement and E3 approaching, but it is good news for fans who are eager to learn more.
This marks the return of a single player campaign for Call of Duty 2019, we know it isn’t going to be a Call of Duty: Ghosts 2, but it may be Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 4. Activision is excited about the game, but that’s not a shock since they hope to make loads of cash off of it.
There is no mention of a 2019 Call of Duty Battle Royale installment, but there is a “huge multiplayer world,” which could mean more than a traditional Call of Duty multiplayer experience.
Here’s a closer look at what we know about Call of Duty 2019, and what you can expect from the game that is likely going to be Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 4.
Latest Call of Duty 2019 News
While some early teasers suggested that Infinity Ward was going to bring us Ghosts 2, the latest information suggests this is Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 4. Eurogamer reports on the new Call of Duty, heavily hinting that this is COD:MW4 as you can see in the Tweet below.
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— Daniel Ahmad (@ZhugeEX) April 24, 2019
This comes as many college football players went hands on with the new Call of Duty game at the NFL Draft. We see various Instagram posts and Twitter posts about the game.
They weren’t the only players to get a look at the new Call of Duty. Marcus Mariota talking to Nickmercs said, “They just let me uh….we just played the new one. Yea, it’s pretty dope. It’s like the old..it’s like the old Modern Warfare.”
In February 2019 Activision President Rob Kostich confirmed the 2019 Call of Duty game is underway, with development by Infinity Ward. Kostich told investors that the new game will be “rooted in franchise history,” which backs up the Modern Warfare information.
Specifically, Kostich shared that Call of Duty 2019 will bring an, “entirely new campaign, a huge and expansive multiplayer world, and some fun co-op gameplay.” That’s a change from Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, which abandoned the campaign for Blackout.
Both Kostich and Activision CEO Bobby Kotick shared excitement about the game. Kostich said that the new Call of Duty, “creates a ton of buzz,” and Kotick added that this is the most excitement that he’s seen for a new Call of Duty title.
In May during the Activision Blizzard earnings call, Activision Blizzard President and COO Coddy Johnson said, “the Call of Duty team is hard at work on that for this fall’s big content release, excitement for which is incredibly high around the organization. We expect that both the launch and post launch content will bring game changing experiences to our fans.”
That’s the confirmed information about the game, now onto more of the rumors and information we can share based on what we know about Activision and Infinity Ward.
Call of Duty 2019 Release Date
We always see the new Call of Duty arrive in the fall, and Activision CEO told investors that the company is excited about, “the fall release of Call of Duty content.” That’s not a shock, but it is a confirmation that there is no major surprise with an early release or some kind of staggered approach for 2019.
The Call of Duty 2019 release date is likely coming in November 2019. There is a chance that it arrives in October like Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 did, but Black Ops 4 arrived to a more crowded fall release schedule, so there is less reason for an early release.
Call of Duty 2019 Setting
All signs point to a modern Call of Duty 2019 setting with a return to Modern Warfare. This would mean boots on the ground and likely no sliding like we’ve seen in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 and Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare.
The Call of Duty: Modern Warfare settings currently take place in, as the name suggests, modern settings where players use weaponry like that in use with current armed forces. We typically see a major focus on an immersive campaign and then see maps and game modes pull from that in multiplayer modes.
Given the current information expect to see realistic weapons, locations and gear for what will likely be Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 4.
Call of Duty 2019 Announcements
You can expect to see more about Call of Duty 2019 in May. Typically that is when Activision will make an early announcement of the title that includes the name and some of the game details including the setting.
From there, the next step is E3 2019 in June, when we will likely see a full on trailer of the game and our first look at actual gameplay. This won’t be a full release of the information as we typically see Activision hold off on a multiplayer trailer and reveal until later in the year.
Call of Duty 2019 Beta
You can count on a Call of Duty 2019 beta that arrives for at least two weekends. There is a very good chance that it will come to the PlayStation first, and that PS4 owners will get to play the beta for two weekends while PC players and Xbox One owners will only be able to play for one weekend.
Typically this takes place in August or September, allowing the Infinity Ward to test out balancing and gameplay early enough to be able to incorporate the changes into the version of the game that ships.
This is not a demo, and in most cases you need to pre-order Call of Duty before you can download the game and play.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 4 Editions
We expect at least four Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 4 editions since Activision loves special editions and bonus items. We saw five distinct Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 editions last year, with one super special Zombies box. Expect to see;
- Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 4 base game – $59.99
- Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 4 Digital Deluxe – $99.99
- Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 4 Digital Deluxe Enhanced – $129
- Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 4 Super Special Edition – $119.99
There is a chance that we see a crazy bundle with a massive physical collectible for $199 or higher, but it’s not clear if that will happen yet. If it does, you will want to pre-order ASAP.
2019 Call of Duty Season Pass
There will be a 2019 Call of Duty season pass of some kind with the new game. Activision and Treyarch changed this to the Black Ops Pass last year, but we could see the name come back to just the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 4 season pass.
Expect at least one bundle with the pass and a retail price of around $49.99 if you buy ti as a standalone add on later. None of this is confirmed, but we typically see Activision pushing DLC and in game purchases pretty hard.
Call of Duty 2019 Systems
You can count on playing the Call of Duty 2019 release on the PS4, Xbox One and PS4. This includes all models of these consoles, though you can expect better graphics on the Xbox One X, PS4 Pro and on higher end gaming PCs.
Don’t count on a Nintendo Switch Call of Duty 2019 release, even with the chance that Nintendo announces a Nintendo Switch 2 with better performance targeted at hardcore gamers.
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