Activision officially files two trademarks for the name ‘Infinite Warfare,’ further increasing the likelihood that it is the name of the next Call of Duty game.

An annual release of a new entry in the Call of Duty series is pretty much a guarantee, but gamers never know what the game will focus on until closer to its release. Speculation has arisen that the next Call of Duty game in the franchise will be titled Infinite Warfare, and now more evidence has appeared that the rumor is probably true.

On April 26th, Call of Duty‘s parent company Activision filed for two trademarks; “Call of Duty Infinite Warfare” and simply “Infinite Warfare,” respectively. The two trademarks cover games and merchandise, as well as eSports and gaming tournaments. Activision hasn’t officially revealed what the next game in the series is called, nor what its focus will be, but it seems extremely likely now that this is indeed the game that will be emerging later this year.

Although the game’s content is still a bit of a secret, the believed title of Infinite Warfare was leaked earlier this week by two separate sources. One source posted information suggesting that a trailer for Infinite Warfare would be posted on May 3rd, and another discovered a listing for Infinite Warfare on the PlayStation Store, though the page was empty. Almost no doubt remains that the title of the next Call of Duty game will be Infinite Warfare, but the timing of the trademark now lends more credence to the rumor that the trailer will be released next week.

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It’s unclear if Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare has any connection to either Call of Duty: Modern Warfare or Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. However, rumors abound that a remastered version of Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare is on its way. Some also believe that a remastered HD collection of the trilogy of Modern Warfare games could be released in the near future. While it remains to be seen if these rumors come to fruition, if there’s a connection between Modern Warfare and Infinite Warfare, it would make sense for Activision to choose now to bring the older titles to modern gaming systems.

Whether or not the full trailer for Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare premieres next week, fans can probably expect to hear something substantial about the game very soon. Activision won’t have a booth at E3, but they do still plan to feature Call of Duty at the PlayStation booth, so there’s no doubt that the next Call of Duty is well on its way.

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (via VideoGamer)