Infinity Ward was once the premiere studio when it came to Call of Duty games, consistently releasing critically-acclaimed first-person shooters from the original release all the way to Modern Warfare 3. Since Modern Warfare 3, though, the studio has struggled to live up to the expectations set by its previous work, with Ghosts and Infinite Warfare standing as two of the most poorly-reviewed games in the franchise. This has led some to doubt Infinity Ward, but if art director Joel Emslie is to be believed, any doubters will be proven wrong when the studio’s next Call of Duty game launches in 2019.
Responding to a fan on Twitter, Infinity Ward art director Joel Emslie made the claim that the next Call of Duty game is going to be “extraordinary.” Of course, Emslie was unable to provide any details about what will make the next Call of Duty game extraordinary compared to other titles in the franchise, but he did say that “Projects like this are why I love my job.”
It’s clear that Emslie is confident in Infinity Ward’s next Call of Duty game, but since we know basically nothing about it beyond the fact that it’s in development, it’s hard to say at this point if fans should get excited. After all, Infinity Ward’s last two outings have been met with lukewarm reception, and that was reflected in reviews as well as sales numbers, with Infinite Warfare being one of the lowest-selling Call of Duty games in years.
Projects like this are why I love my job. I've seen things here at the studio that give me goose bumps and send me running back to my desk to keep creating:) This isn't going to be good, its going to be extraordinary! Cant wait for the day when I can hear what you think.
— Joel Emslie (@ArtPeasant) June 30, 2018
Unfortunately for anyone who is intrigued by Emslie’s claim, it’s likely that we won’t see or learn anything about 2019’s Call of Duty game until May of next year at the earliest. Call of Duty games tend to have proper reveals in May, and are often given deeper dives at E3 and other events leading up to their release in the fall. It’s likely that the series will keep to this pattern, especially since Activision will want to keep the focus on Call of Duty: WW2, which is still receiving DLC, and the upcoming Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 that launches on October 12 of this year.
While concrete information on 2019’s Call of Duty is likely a year away, there have been some rumors about what it will entail. The latest rumor points to 2019’s Call of Duty being none other than Modern Warfare 4, complete with a campaign, standard multiplayer, zombies, and possibly even a battle royale mode.
Another rumor has suggested that 2019’s Call of Duty is actually a remaster of Modern Warfare 2 that ditches the campaign. However, it seems unlikely that Emslie would be as enthusiastic about the game if that were the case. Ultimately, fans will just have to wait until next year to learn if there’s any truth to these rumors about 2019’s Call of Duty.
A new Call of Duty game is in development at Infinity Ward for release in 2019.