Hunter C. May 27, 2019
The new Call of Duty iteration will be looking and feeling extremely similar to some of its predecessors.
That’s a pretty normal statement for any average year, but this year it applies so much more, as the new Call Of Duty will be titled “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.”
Yes, that’s only one number removed from the iteration of the franchise that took it to new heights, “Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare.”
Call of Duty has seen a boost in viewership on Twitch with the latest game in the franchise, Black Ops 4. The addition of Battle Royale mode Blackout to BO4 has brought Call Of Duty back into the limelight over the past several months.
There will be a number of new things coming with the newest member of the Call of Duty franchise, chief among them being pro team franchising for the competitive scene.
Spots for the newly franchised Call of Duty World League have reportedly gone for $25 million. So far, Atlanta Esports Ventures, Envy Gaming, Sterling.VC, c0ntact Gaming, and OverActive media have confirmed their spots. The cities of Dallas, Atlanta, New York, Paris, and Toronto have been snapped up by the franchises.
Is there a reason for the vanilla approach to a new Call Of Duty game? If anything, it may be part of the new franchising efforts. It’ll be different for the Call Of Duty scene to not get a new game every year, but more spread out iterations should help with the new pro scene’s stability.
However, long-time fans of the Call Of Duty esports scene will undoubtedly have some trouble adjusting. With the financial troubles of OpTic Gaming and the legal troubles of FaZe Clan, two of the scene’s most beloved and longest standing organizations might not make it in the first round of buy-ins.
The success of the franchised Overwatch League may prove difficult to replicate in an esport that spans over a decade and which boasts a wildly different scene than other popular esports.