Activision, the publisher behind the industry prize fighter Call of Duty series, has had a favourable few months recently, turning last year's $233 million deficit into profits of $99 million. And this good fortune is likely to continue, because at the release of their 4th quarter fiscal reports, the CEO of Activision Publishing, Eric Hirshberg, announced that the next inevitably annual incarnation of Call of Duty is in the works, and 'will bring meaningful innovation to the franchise'.
While development of a new shooter for 2012 is allegedly going strong, Activision are also hard at work on bringing new features to Call of Duty: Elite, the social platform and stat-tracker that was released with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 last November. Hirshberg said that Elite 2.0 is being designed to complement the new game which might promise Call of Duty's most intuitive online multiplayer to date.
Details on the game itself are sparse, rumours suggesting a direct sequel to Black Ops are still just rumours, and a continuation of the Modern Warfare plot seems highly unlikely, but however the setting and story cast turn out, the game is certain to be a seller. Modern Warfare 3 alone made over a billion dollars in one month, and with the development of Elite 2.0, the online multiplayer community will be hard pressed to say no to a brand new Call of Duty.