Speaking with the Los Angeles Times, a source reportedly close to the project has revealed that the next Call of Duty title will in fact be Modern Warfare 3 and is set to be released in November of this year.
According to the source, the title is in development under the guidance of three separate studios. Infinity Ward, the original developer of the first two Modern Warfare titles, is said to be working on the singleplayer portion of the game along with the help of Sledgehammer Games while Raven Software, a Wisconsin-based developer, is rumored to be working on the multiplayer portion of the game.
After going through some troubles after the release of Modern Warfare 2 in 2009, Infinity Ward has been rebuilt by Activision, Infinity Ward's parent company and publisher of the ever-popular Call of Duty franchise.
Activision has been on a very set release schedule for the past four years when it comes to Call of Duty titles, having a new title released each year, traditionally in later part of the year. With the trouble that Infinity Ward went through in the later part of 2009 and the early part of 2010, the development time they have had available to them has been severely cut down from the preferred 2-year development cycle.
It certainly makes sense that Activision would want to put all of their strength towards getting Modern Warfare 3 developed, rather than risk having to delay the release or put out a game that was clearly rushed in development. Activision declined to comment on the rumor.
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