Call of Duty: Activision’s most successful franchise
The Call of Duty series is the most successful franchise of the publisher Activsion. Here are listed and described all titles of CoD.
- Call of Duty is the most successful franchise of Activision.
- The Call of Duty series is already more than 17 years old and started in 2003.
- Call of Duty Modern Warfare had the most successful launch of all Call of Duty games.
Santa Monica, USA – Call of Duty (also known as CoD) is a video game series from publisher Activision. Call of Duty is a shooter, or first-person shooter, because you play from the first-person perspective in the game. CoD is not only very successful for Activision, but is also one of the most successful game franchises compared to the entire computer games market.
What is the Call of Duty series about?
In all Call of Duty parts, you play in the role of a soldier, and you always find yourself in a theater of war. In the first part of Call of Duty, which was developed by Infinity Ward at the time and published by Activision in 2003, the scenario is set in World War II.
Most parts of Call of Duty consist of a linear single-player mode and a multiplayer mode. The war scenarios in the different titles can either take place in the past, such as CoD WWII, but also take place in futuristic settings.
Call of Duty main game 2003
The first Call of Duty was first released on the PC on November 6, 2003. This was followed by versions for macOS, Nokia N-Gage, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 called “Call of Duty Classic”.
The title is set in World War II and as a player you take on the role of various Allied soldiers to, among other things, land at Normandy as an American soldier or liberate Stalingrad under the Russian flag. Call of Duty has been awarded the title “Game of the Year” several times.
The title received an add-on in 2004 with Call of Duty United Offensive. The expansion contained new weapons on new maps and also offered vehicles such as tanks that could be driven with several players.
Call of Duty 2
Call of Duty 2 was released in Germany on November 3, 2005 and, like the first part, was also implemented by the developer studio Infinity Ward. Call of Duty 2 is also set in World War II, with four soldiers from three countries fighting against the Germans. This title is the first to use anti-cheat software PunkBuster, with which cheats could be detected and the players in question were then banned via serial number.
Again, there was a multiplayer mode with Headquarters, Catpure the Flag, Search and Destroy, as well as Deathmatch and Team Dreathmatch modes.
Call of Duty 2: Big Red One
Call of Duty 2: Big Red One is a console-only title and takes a special position, since it’s the first time the concept of CoD 1 and CoD 2 is changed. Here you only play with a single character. On the Xbox and PS2 there was the possibility for multiplayer battles with up to 16 players. The title appeared in stores in the fall of 2005.
Call of Duty 3
With Call of Duty 3, Activision also released a console-only title. The game was released at the end of 2006 for the PS2, Xbox, Xbox 360 and later also for the PS3. Also in Call of Duty 3 there is a multiplayer mode for the versions of Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 on which up to 24 players can compete against each other. In this title it was possible to control different vehicles such as tanks, off-road vehicles or motorcycles.
Call of Duty: Roads to Victory
Call of Duty: Roads to Victory is only a small title, but should still be mentioned. It is the PSP version of Call of Duty and was released in March 2007.
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
The fourth part of Call of Duty is the first title in the Modern Warfare series. Until now, the action of all Call of Duty games took place in the past. With Modern Warfare, you are now in an alternate present or near future. The developer of Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare is Infinity Ward and the title was released by Activision on November 8, 2007. The game was released for PC, PS3, Xbox 360, Nintendo DS and later on Nintendo Wii.
Call of Duty: World at War
Like Call of Duty 3, Call of Duty: World at War has been implemented by the developer studio Treyarch. In this title there are two campaigns in single player and co-op modes, as well as multiplayer variants. In Call of Duty: World at War you can occupy and control vehicles, and the environment also takes damage from explosions and changes as a result. CoD: World at War was released in Germany on November 13, 2008 for Windows, Xbox 360, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Wii and Nintendo DS.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
At the end of 2008, the continuation of the Modern Warfare series was announced by Activision. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 was developed by Infinity Ward and was released on November 10, 2009 for Windows, Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and later also for Nintendo DS and MacOS, making it the sixth installment in the Call of Duty series. The cost of developing the title is said to have been around $50 million.
Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 has many innovations, especially in the multiplayer mode. For example, experience points (XP) could be collected for the first time in order to advance in rank and unlock weapons and accessories. Shooting series and special abilities (Perks) can also be unlocked this way.
The lack of dedicated servers is also new in CoD:MW2, as one player at a time now hosts the game in multiplayer. However, this system has the disadvantage that a player with a slow Internet connection is not suitable to host the game, since all the remaining players will have increased lag as a result.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2
The shooter Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 was again developed by the stuido Treyarch and was released on November 13, 2012 for PC, Playstation 3 and Xbox 360. The game broke the sales record of CoD:MW3, reaching $500 million in sales on the first day of sales. Two weeks later, sales had risen to more than one billion US dollars. The story of CoD:BO2 ties directly into the story of CoD:BO and is set partly in the 1980s as well as in the year 2025.
Call of Duty: Ghosts
On November 5, 2013, Call of Duty: Ghosts was released, which was developed by Inifinity Ward and appeared on the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii U and PC platforms. On the PS4 and Xbox One, CoD:Ghosts is one of the launch titles. Infinity Ward has made further improvements to the Enginge in this title. In multiplayer, new game mechanics have also been added, such as the ability to destroy or change parts of the map. CoD:Ghosts is the title with the most available perks of all CoD titles.
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
Call of Duty Advanced Warfare was released on November 4, 2014 for the Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and Windows PC platforms. The title was developed entirely by Sledgehammer Games, while the port to Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 was implemented by Moon Studios.
The big feature of Advanced Warfare is the lack of a conventional HUD. In CoD:AW, information is instead transmitted to the player via holographic projections. The exoskeleton that allows you to walk along walls is also new in this eleventh Call of Duty installment.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 3
Call of Duty Black Ops 3 is the twelfth installment in the CoD series, which was once again developed by Treyarch. On November 6, 2015, the game was released for Windows PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. The title ties in directly with Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 in terms of the story.
The co-op mission is new, as is the customization of the character. The Specialists and the Gunsmith also appear for the first time in the game series. The Gunsmith feature is the first time you can not only customize your weapon, but also create camouflage patterns.
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
Call of Duty Infinite Warfare is a first-person shooter developed by Infinity Ward and released by Activision on November 4, 2016 for the PC, PS4 and Xbox One platforms.
CoD:IW has the new feature that the title is set in space, which means that battles take place in space. In multiplayer, wallruns and slides appear again, as well as customizing the character and armor.
Call of Duty: WWII
The title Call of Duty: WWII was developed in cooperation between Raven Software and Sledgehammer Games and released on November 3, 2017. In addition to the single-player campaign, there is also multiplayer and co-op mode, as well as the zombie mode, which was also included in the previous versions. In CoD:WWII, there is a squad system where you depend on your teammates in the game much more clearly than in the previous parts, as you have to be supplied with medicine and ammunition.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
With Call of Duty Black Ops 4, the 15th part of the CoD series was released on 12 Otkober 2018. The game was developed by Treyarch and was released for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC. CoD:BO4 is the first title that was distributed through the Battle.net provided by Activision. Call of Duty Black Ops 4 features a multiplayer mode with up to 12 players and a large number of firearms, ranging from classic weapons to modern variants.
Call of Duty Mobile
Call of Duty Mobile is a free-to-play shooter developed by TiMi Studios for Android and iOS. The title was released on October 1, 2019 and was downloaded more than 148 million times in its first month, generating revenues of more than $54 million, making it the biggest launch of a mobile game in history. Call of Duty Mobile includes many features, characters and maps from previous Call of Duty games.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (2019).
Call of Duty Modern Warfare is the latest title in the Call of Duty series and was released on October 25, 2019 for the PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 platforms. CoD:MW generated more than $600 million in sales in its first three days on sale, breaking Activision’s sales record.
Call of Duty Modern Warfare has campaign, co-op and multiplayer modes. Many maps from previous parts can be found again, such as Shipment or Crash. CoD:MW is the very first game to feature cross-play, where players from different platforms can play together. Call of Duty Modern Warfare also introduces the Battle Royale mode Warzone in – Season 2, where up to 200 players can compete against each other on the map Verdansk.
Call of Duty: Warzone
Call of Duty Warzone is the battle royale spin-off of Call of Duty Modern Warfare. However, the title is also playable as a stand-alone variant and can be installed via the Battle.net client. In Call of Duty Warzone, up to 200 players compete against each other on one map (Caldera – which is a fictional island in the Pacific Ocean). The team or player that survives last/last wins the round. There are several game modes in Call of Duty Warzone.
Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War
Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War is the latest title in the Black Ops series from Call of Duty. It takes place after the first part of Call of Duty Black Ops. The story moves in the early years of the 1980s and deals with the Cold War during the Reagen administration in the US. The title was released in November 2020 for PC, Xbox One, PS4, PS5 and Xbox Series X. In multiplayer, there is once again the crossplay function.
Cold War is primarily developed by Raven Software. Cold War was also “docked” to Warzone, so players can also use the weapons from Black Ops Cold War in Battle Royale.
Call of Duty Vanguard – Many problems with multiplayer from Sledgehammer Games
Call of Duty Vanguard is the latest title in the series. On November 05, 2021, the title was released on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S and PC. The release didn’t go as strong as previous installments and initially saw a dip in sales. However, it is now clear that Call of Duty Vanguard will once again appear among the best-selling games.
With the release of Call of Duty Vanguard, some changes were implemented in Warzone, including the new Pacific map Caldera. Call of Duty Vanguard is set during the end times of World War II and tells the stories that helped create the Special Forces. In multiplayer, players can once again play across platforms with crossplay.
The future of Call of Duty (as of 02/2022).
Call of Duty 2022: The next Call of Duty title will be called “Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2” and will be released before the end of 2022. As the direct successor to Modern Warfare from 2019, the title should once again be set in the same setting. So far, not much is known about Call of Duty 2022, but the original Modern Warfare 2 from 2009 is still one of the most popular parts among fans.
Call of Duty Warzone 2: With the announcement of Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 for 2022, Activision has also planned a revamped experience for Call of Duty Warzone. Call of Duty Warzone 2 is said to be redesigned from the ground up to seamlessly tie in with Modern Warfare 2. There is also talk of an ambitious sandbox mode.
Call of Duty League
Activsion has launched the Call of Duty League. This is a worldwide e-sports league consisting of 12 professional teams representing cities across North America and Europe. In the first – Season , the professional teams will compete in 5v5 matches in Call of Duty Modern Warfare multiplayer on the PlayStation 4.
At the end of the regular – Season , the top 8 teams from the – Season and 4 additional wild-card teams will compete in the playoffs. During the Call of Duty League Championship weekend, the final 6 playoff teams will play each other in a double-elimination tournament until the final two professional teams compete in a final for the Call of Duty League Championship.
About Call of Duty
The Call of Duty series has existed since 2003 and in addition to various spin-offs, including for the handheld systems Nintendo DS and Sony PSP, 14 major titles of the series have now been released. Ever since the first part of the series, great emphasis has been placed on the online multiplayer mode in addition to the single-player campaign, which is also reflected in the development of the shooter series.
Since the first Call of Duty, World at War, which was developed exclusively by Treyarch, each part also included cooperative challenges that you could play together with friends. The latest installment, Call of Duty: World War II, also features an extended multiplayer mode that puts you and your friends in the combat zones and famous battles of World War II. Using the divisions, you’ll be able to choose between the deadly sniper and the brute armored division and support your comrades in battle.
In addition, World War II also has a zombie mode “Nazi Zombies”, as in its predecessor Call of Duty: Black Ops. Face the monsters of the Third Reich and win glory and honor.
Call of Duty: World War II
Just as the name suggests, WWII is about a few significant battles of World War II from the point of view of US soldier Red Daniels. Together with his unit, the 1st US Infantry Division, he experiences the end of the war. Another new feature in WWII is the “squad system”, which is already familiar from the Battlefield series. The player is now dependent on his teammates when he needs health, ammunition or the like. Unlike in most previous Call of Duty games, the player no longer receives automatic health regeneration. Among other things, he takes part in battles like the Normandy landings in 1944, better known as “D-Day”. Furthermore, locations such as Omaha Beach, Argentan, Paris, Aachen and the Hürtgen Forest have been confirmed.
At times, you’ll also be able to play a female soldier of the French Resistance alongside Red Daniels.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 (stylized as Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII) will be the latest game in the Call of Duty series. It is expected to be first released on October 12, 2018 and, as usual, will be developed by Treyarch and published by Activision. It will be available for Playstation 4, Xbox One and Microsoft Windows. Unlike its predecessors, the PC version will be distributed via Activision-Blizzard’s Battle.net download platform.
Unlike previous titles in the Black Ops series, Black Ops 4 will not have a traditional single-player campaign. However, the setting of the multiplayer mode is set between the events of Call of Duty: Black Ops II and Black Ops III, and some of the specialists from Black Ops III, such as Erin “Battery” Baker, will also return in Black Ops 4.
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare – Review
It’s no coincidence that in every best-of of the most impressive levels in the Call of Duty series, an above-average number of entries come from the first Modern Warfare. This game is a string of brilliant moments and, for me, a work of art, a master class in game design.On the surface, Modern Warfare’s campaign is all pace, bombast and explosions. But: In between, there is also room for comparatively quiet moments, such as the still legendary Prypiat level with its ghostly atmosphere or the impressively staged death of a character.
The build-up of tension is unparalleled, from the shocking prologue from the perspective of a father of the country being chauffeured to execution, to the iconic training level (“What kind of stupid name is Soap?”), to the hunt for the missing nuclear warhead, which culminates in the breathtaking invasion of a fictional country in the Middle East.With Modern Warfare, Call of Duty became bigger, more intense, more modern.
In terms of scenario, too: modern warfare and terrorism themes struck a chord in 2007, heralding a temporary departure from World War II in first-person shooters. And the multiplayer mode combined the best of both worlds: motivating level ups and fun killstreaks with a proven server list on the PC (and mods!) without the peer-2-peer technique introduced with part 2. What fun I had back then with my submachine gun and the (then still new) spray-&-pray method!
Today, Modern Warfare is often remembered by gamers only for its trend towards linear levels, including persistent “Return to mission area!” warnings, and eternally following shooting gallery enemies. Or it’s blamed along with Halo for questionable innovations like auto-regenerating health and a limit of two weapons at a time. Alas.
Annual sequels have continued to spin the concept introduced in Modern Warfare, but in my eyes have learned the wrong lessons: more pace, more bombast, more explosions, even first-person player deaths were simply multiplied in the sequel. But that near-perfect level design of the first? That got a bit lost between all the crash-boom action. And that’s why Call of Duty was never as good as the first Modern Warfare.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
No other Call of Duty has “controversy” written all over it like Modern Warfare 2. The airport mission No Russian remains a community bone of contention to this day – as a tasteless glorification of violence or a bold provocation. But Modern Warfare 2 is a remarkable game even apart from the controversy. It’s not very often that a gaming milestone is followed up by a milestone that is almost as big.
Modern Warfare 2 goes one better everywhere: the story is more extensive and varied, characters and conflicts from part 1 are taken up and put into a much larger context. There is betrayal, loss and great emotions. And the multiplayer also continues what Modern Warfare 1 started: a complete turnaround in the way multiplayer progression works. The result is a gigantic success. In our rankings, the games that have changed the gaming world beyond their series usually end up at the top. And that’s where Modern Warfare 2 does quite well.