Activision's next Modern Warfare money machine will likely be announced soon.
Everybody knows that Activision is working on Modern Warfare 3, it's just a matter of when the publisher decides to announce it. According to a teaser page in the latest issue of OPM, that announcement will be made in early June, and probably at E3.
Due to the legalities of posting a picture of a scanned magazine, the teaser is not present in this article. However, I can describe it pretty well for you. It's a big-ass green "3" on a black background. A quote below the "3" says: "The biggest game in the world returns." If this page is not referring to Modern Warfare 3, someone at OPM needs to be flung into space and I'll eat my hat.
The issue goes on sale on June 8. E3 2011 runs from June 7-9. Basically, this could mean that Modern Warfare 3 is going to be announced and shown off at E3. Are you excited yet?
Activision puts out a Call of Duty game every year because each release earns the publisher an entire vault of those bags with dollar signs on them full of cash. November 2010's Call of Duty: Black Ops was estimated to have generated $360 million on its release day alone. Modern Warfare 3 has the potential to replicate this figure, or possibly put it to shame. That's if it's actually launching in 2011, which isn't yet confirmed.
Notably, this will be the first Modern Warfare title to have been developed without the founding members of Infinity Ward at the helm. Infinity Ward created the Call of Duty series, though Activision handed it off to Treyarch to keep the games flowing yearly with titles such as Black Ops and Call of Duty: World at War. Infinity Ward was decimated in 2010 by many, many departures after company founders Jason West and Vince Zampella were fired in a big to-do, though the studio is still said to be a part of Activision's stable.
Modern Warfare 3 is rumored to be a prequel focusing on popular character Simon "Ghost" Riley, and possibly a team effort by the remains of Infinity Ward, Sledgehammer, and Raven Software. In about a month, we should know for sure.