Call of Duty has become one of the most successful franchises of all time, and many gamers are currently awaiting the arrival of Treyarch’s Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 with bated breath. The game isn’t that far from release either, it’s scheduled to drop onto store shelves next month, but that hasn’t put a hold on the development of the next CoD video game. Much to the surprise of very few, Infinity Ward is already working on a future title in the series, and apparently it’ll be a follow up to last year’s Modern Warfare 3 — appropriately titled Modern Warfare 4.

The voice actor for Modern Warfare protagonist Captain Price, coincidentally named Bill Murray, revealed to ThisIsXbox that he’s getting ready to meet with Infinity Ward next week to talk about Modern Warfare 4. Apparently Murray was blissfully unaware that the man he was speaking with on a recent flight was actually a video game journalist, because he prematurely let the cat of the bag by confirming Infinity Ward’s next project. According to the voice actor, the fourth game will carry on from where MW3 left off, and Captain Price will be returning in one form or another.

“Yeah, on Monday I am off to meet Infinity Ward about the next game, Modern Warfare 4, I’m doing work on the sequel to Modern Warfare 3, it carries straight on and I only ever appear in the Modern Warfare games…”

Many fans thought that Infinity Ward would move away from the Modern Warfare series after the the third title wrapped up the events in the best-selling trilogy, but it appears that simply won’t be the case. Reports surfaced earlier this year that Neversoft is helping with the development of Modern Warfare 4, and that’s now incredibly plausible given the recent turn of events.

It’s disappointing to learn that Activision doesn’t plan on taking the series in a different direction following the release of Black Ops 2 in a few weeks, but it’s not at all surprising that they’re sticking with the Modern Warfare brand since it’s proven to be incredibly profitable. Maybe Treyarch will provide fans with a new kind of war-filled, first-person epic in 2014; I mean, Call of Duty: Space can’t be that far away, right?

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 4 will likely be arriving at the end of 2013.

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Source: ThisIsXbox (via GamesThirst)