It's Infinity Ward's time to shine with their outing of this year's Call of Duty, and while we don't know for sure what it will be, it appears as if we'll find out soon enough when Activision and Infinity Ward make the announcement, which is rumored to be next Tuesday.
IGN picked up the rumor from a tweet that went out by gaming culture critic and reviewer, Jim Sterling. The tweet from Sterling points to a retailer sheet that states that the next Call of Duty game will be revealed on May 3, next Tuesday.
IGN points out that Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 was revealed around this same time last year, so it would make sense to unveil the next game in the annual series during the same period, proceeded by a fall release.
Activision usually makes it a habit to reveal each new Call of Duty title just slightly ahead of E3 in order to build up hype and pre-order intrigue. After the teaser trailers and a basic announcement for the game and the platforms that it will arrive on, they usually take out between 10 and 15 minutes during either Microsoft or Sony's E3 press conference to showcase exclusive game footage of Call of Duty running on the respective platform.
Previously, Activision had inked their deals with Microsoft and would display the new games on the Xbox 360. This was a common tradition for a while up until Sony's PS4 took charge of the market share and has become the most popular console this generation. In result, Activision now gives exclusive dibs to Sony and the PS4 when it comes to Call of Duty content.
As for this newest title... it's being rumored that the game will be called Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare and will take place in space. That's what's been floating around out there.
The last game in the Call of Duty series to tackle space was Call of Duty: Ghosts from back in 2013. The game was not well received by gamers (who mocked it for its HD fish AI) and was derided by game critics like TotalBiscuit for performance imbalances and poor optimization. According to IGN, this upcoming entry in the long-running Call of Duty is said to be a full sci-fi adventure, so we'll see what separates it from Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 when it's finally unveiled.
While I've never been much of a fan of the series, I do have to admit that Black Ops 3 easily had one of the most intriguing stories in a video game to date and played on some very interesting concepts about metaphysics and neural science.
Keep in mind that the reveal of the new game taking place next Tuesday is all rumor, so if it doesn't happen don't be surprised. However, Activision will likely unveil the new game soon enough to start prepping the proverbial hype train.