Call of Duty 2021 May Break One Franchise Trend Much Like Black Ops Cold War
Ahead of 2020, the Call of Duty franchise needed a clear format for its shows. Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Altered that, straying in the show’s route in a clear manner. Although the consequences of COVID-19 proved clearly felt throughout the game’s evolution, as it surely might have played a part in the shift, there are probably different reasons for its late launch. Therefore, the latest Call of Duty game’s launch format could be the new benchmark rather than some one-off shift.
Though this is only speculation rather than verified, Call of Duty 2021 may be shown later in the year compared to earlier. Together with Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War becoming among the greatest selling games Created, Activision might want to mimic up to this game’s advertising as you can. Together with the newest show installment helping the show’s fans in a couple of significant ways, too, those considering 2021’s Call of Duty launch might want to adjust their expectations accordingly.
Before Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, Activision had a clear format for the major releases in the Call of Duty series. Between 2007’s original Modern Warfare game and the 2019 reboot of the same subseries, every game in the series was revealed between March and June. Their reveal and release dates can be seen below.
- Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare – The game that kickstarted the franchise’s “golden age” was revealed on April 28, 2007, releasing on November 5 of the same year.
- Call of Duty: World at War – The first trailer for this World War 2-focused game dropped on June 21 of 2008, and it was released on November 11 later that year.
- Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 – The sequel to Modern Warfare was revealed on March 25, 2009, and its launch came on November 10, 2009.
- Call of Duty: Black Ops – The original Black Ops game was first revealed on April 30, 2010, and it launched later that year on November 9.
- Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 – May 23, 2011, saw the first teaser for the end of the Modern Warfare trilogy appear online, and the game released on November 8, 2011.
- Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 – What many consider to be the final Call of Duty game in the “golden age,” Black Ops 2’s trailer debuted on May 1, 2012. It launched on November 12 of that year.
- Call of Duty: Ghosts – May 1, 2013, served as this Call of Duty game’s reveal day, and it was released on November 5, 2013.
- Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare – The first Call of Duty from Sledgehammer Games, Advanced Warfare, was first shown on May 4, 2014. It launched on November 4 of that year.
- Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 – Remembered fondly for its version of CoD Zombies, Black Ops 3 was revealed on April 26, 2015. It launched later that year on November 6.
- Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare – Likely the most controversial Call of Duty game, this futuristic title was revealed on May 2, 2016. It launched on November 4 of that year.
- Call of Duty: WW2 – This return to the second World War was first shown on April 26, 2017, and the game debuted on November 3, 2017.
- Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 – Revealed at a special event on May 17, 2018, the fourth Black Ops title launched on October 12 of that same year.
- Call of Duty: Modern Warfare – 2019’s reboot of the Modern Warfare subseries was the final game to keep the old format, and it was revealed on May 30. It was released on October 25 of that year.
While Call of Duty: Warzone technically broke the tradition first, it is a special case due to its free-to-play nature and its function as an “extra” entry in the series. Instead, Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War can be looked at as the game that truly brought this release trend to an end. While it kept the common release month of November, it dropped the spring reveal — being the first game in over a decade to do so. Instead of a proper reveal event or a sudden trailer drop, a lengthy ARG began in August.
Comprised of YouTubers opening crates with projectors, players solving puzzles in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, videos being watched on the Pawn Takes Pawn website, and secret areas being explored in Call of Duty: Warzone, the event was long and complex. Once the ARG was complete, players were shown a teaser trailer. A separate puzzle took place for Call of Duty Zombies, while an in-game Call of Duty: Warzone event saw players meeting with Frank Woods and watching the first gameplay trailer. While future reveals events may not be this long or require as much puzzle-solving, as it seems more fitting of the Black Ops style only, fans should not be surprised if late reveal dates are more commonplace in the future.