|Source: VG 24-7|
Activision have just announced the development of a new instalment in their long-running Call of Duty series. Whilst way back in 2003, this budding first-person shooter franchise of video games appeared set to thrive by simply launching a further sequel or spin-off every two years or so, once Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare sent metaphorical tremors throughout the entire genre in 2007, the publishers seized their chance to transform COD into an annual mainstay, launching products with main campaigns set in every conflict from the Vietnam War to a futuristic confrontation between humanity's strongest warriors and...Kevin Spacey (those unaware of how these events came to be would probably be best off remaining as such).
Indeed, twelve years on from the series' première, we're - for better or for worse - now due another COD outing from Treyarch, the development team best known for their work on projects including 2008's Call of Duty: World At War, 2010's Call of Duty: Black Ops and 2012's Call of Duty: Black Ops II (by all means halt our trail of thought if there are any signs of a trend developing here). According to VideoGamer.com's David Scammell, Activision are promising a title that's "loaded with innovation" and could serve as "one of [their] best games yet". Now, as ever, officially-endorsed statements such as those can't be fully scrutinized until the final product ships (or indeed until full game-play footage is presumably released at this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo in July), although if Ghosts' mediocre critical reception - the 360 version scored just 73% on average from critics according to Metacritic, a rather meagre figure when contrasted with Modern Warfare's 92% - is any indication of the current mainstream consensus on one of the industry's most audacious FPS frontrunners, then Treyarch may yet have to pull out all the stops so as to carry out on the promises which some would argue have been broken by the franchise's helmers countless times already.
Regardless of whether it's in the series' best interests or not, however, Call of Duty will return later this year - stay tuned to On-Screen for further details on launch platforms, game-play mechanics and the competition it'll be up against come this year's semi-cathartic Autumn of Gaming season. In the meantime, scroll down just an inch further to check out the launch trailer which accompanied Treyarch's most recent contribution to the series, Black Ops II, as the product bombarded its way into retailers worldwide just three years ago.