Call of Duty's future to be revealed in the coming weeks

Activision Blizzard's financial results and conference call on Monday gave out more hints about the future of its mega-popular Call of Duty franchise. However, it looks like the publisher is still holding the big details close to its vest, at least for a few more weeks. The financial conference call to investors basically told its listening audience to wait for for information.

Many expected Activision executives  to officially announce Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 during the conference call. The next game in the series  has already been hinted at via previews of upcoming gaming print magazines. However, the exec didn't budge saying only that the next game in the Call of Duty franchise would be out sometime this fall. The game will be supported by what Activision is calling "Beachhead", an online service that will be "an integral part" of the next Call of Duty game, whatever it turns out to be. Activision also plans to promote the heck out of the next game in the series with the biggest promotion and marketing campaign in the publisher's history.

Activision may be holding off on revealing details because of a certain competitor. Electronic Arts has not been shy about promoting Battlefield 3 since officially announcing the game a couple of months ago. The next game in Digital Illusions' modern day military shooter series, due out in November, is already generating lots of buzz thanks to in-game videos that showcase the advanced features of the game's Frostbite 2 graphics engine. EA has already said that pre-orders for Battlefield 3 have already been well ahead of 2010's Battlefield Bad Company 2.

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