Despite being the biggest selling game of 2016, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare won’t be getting a sequel. According to a former Call of Duty developer, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare 2 is not in the works. Ex-Call of Duty Creative Strategist Robert Bowling tweeted to a fan that “[y]ou will never get Infinite Warfare 2”. Bowling used to work at Infinity Ward until 2012 before branching out with several other ventures in games publishing and development. He’s currently working with EA, though it’s unclear if he’s working on Apex Legends which is being developed by Respawn Entertainment. Considering his connections to Infinity Ward and Respawn (which consists of ex-Infinity Ward staffers), it’s safe to say he’s accurate in stating we won’t get Infinite Warfare 2.
That said, Bowling tweeted what we could expect next from Infinity Ward telling a fan “[y]ou’re getting a Modern shooter this year, don’t worry”(via Game Revolution), possibly hinting at the rumoured Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 4. More so with his capitalisation of ‘m’ in his tweet. 2016’s Infinite Warfare had a sci-fi setting and a throwback to modern times would be interesting given the current crop of shooters on the market.
With Activision focussing on Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, fans of the franchise put off by the lack of single-player can take solace in rumours suggesting that the next game is Call of Duty game is possible Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 4. The last game to bear the Modern Warfare moniker was Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 helmed by Infinity Ward and Sledgehammer Games with multiplayer duties managed by Raven Software – the studio responsible for Black Ops 4’s Blackout mode.
The source of this rumour is Gaming Intel. According to the site, a single-player campaign makes a return along with multiplayer and Zombies mode. A battle royale mode is being considered too.
“Our sources stated that Call of Duty would release as a ‘fully fledged’ Call of Duty title, with a campaign that is already being worked on, the customary Call of Duty Multiplayer experience and the return of its Zombies mode. This source also said that Battle Royale was being discussed for Modern Warfare 4, but at that point, it was merely discussions,” claims Gaming Intel.
The timing of this leak is interesting. Earlier it was reported that several key members of Infinity Ward that left to found Respawn Entertainment have returned. Respawn Entertainment was responsible for Titanfall and Titanfall 2 before being bought by EA. Furthermore, Gaming Intel was the first to report that Black Ops 4 would not be coming to Steam, lending some credence to this.
Previously, it was suggested that Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 would be ditching the usual season pass in favour of monthly map releases, and is pushing publisher Activision to “allow them to release a Zombies DLC Season Pass, which would act similar to a normal Season Pass but would instead only contain maps for the Zombies mode”.