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Posted February 7, 2013 by Robert Birmingham in Most Recent
 
 

Call of Duty confirmed for next year

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Call of Duty confirmed for next year

You can stop holding your breath.  There will be a new Call of Duty in 2013.  Despite the fact it hasn’t officially been announced, that new COD will be Modern Warfare 4.  This news isn’t a surprise; the Call of Duty franchise continues to set records year after year.  2013 could be different, however, at least in the eyes of Activision CFO Dennis Durkin.  Durkin suggests that the impending releases of the next-gen consoles by Sony and Microsoft could break the record-breaking trend established by recent Call of Duty titles like the previous Modern Warfare games and last years Black Ops 2.  Says Durkin:

“There is increased volatility this year due to the ongoing console transition, which makes predicting the future more challenging than during normal years in the cycle. For Call of Duty, consistent with our past practices, we are planning for the mainline release in Q4 to be down versus 2012.”

Indeed, there will be a significant number of players that become preoccupied with the Xbox 720 and PS4, especially since it’s looking more and more likely that both consoles will hit in 2013.  However, Modern Warfare 4 will have the benefit of having a Wii U system that will have been out for a year, and should help to bolster sales.  Whether or not this can offset the people who save their money for the new systems remains to be seen, but the folks at Activision won’t be suffering for sales when MW4 does release in November.  The Call of Duty franchise routinely dominates the holiday season, and even with the uncertainty associated with new systems being released, will surely be in that position again this year.

Are you excited about Modern Warfare 4 or are you sick of Call of Duty at this point?  Will you curtail your video game expenditures in anticipation of picking up a new system later this year?

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Robert Birmingham is Editor-in-chief at flydrs.com