Infinity Ward’s next Call of Duty game, due out in 2022, could be a sequel to 2019’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare if leaks are correct. The news comes from Tom Henderson, who has correctly leaked details of games in this franchise in the past, claiming that 2022’s Call of Duty game is being developed under the codename “Project Cortez”.
It looks like Call of Duty: 2022 is codenamed Project Cortez
It’s expected to be a sequel to Modern Warfare 2019.
— Tom Henderson (@_Tom_Henderson_) September 13, 2021
It makes sense to continue the new Modern Warfare story in a direct sequel, seeing as how 2019’s reboot saw the highest sales numbers in the franchise during the entirety PS4/Xbox One era. Modern Warfare ended with Captain Price deciding to assemble Task Force 141, teasing new versions of classic characters from the original trilogy like Garrick, “Soap” and “Ghost”. With a direct sequel, it’ll be interesting to see whether Infinity War decides to tell a similar story to 2009’s Modern Warfare 2, or go in a completely new direction like the 2019 reboot did.
The sequel to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare will mark the second consecutive use of the new IW 8.0 engine, which prior to this year’s Call of Duty: Vanguard was used in the 2019 reboot. The new Modern Warfare 2 could also be the franchise’s first next-gen only game, allowing Infinity War to really use the new hardware in PS5 and Xbox Series X|S to their full potential. Both last year’s Black Ops: Cold War and the upcoming Vanguard are both cross-gen games.
Call of Duty Vanguard, the latest entry in the franchise, releases on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S consoles on November 5, 2021. The next open beta for the game will go live on September 18 for all platforms, with another round of early open beta for PS4 and PS5 starting on September 16.