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Call of Duty 2021: Black Ops Cold War, Warzone, and Modern Warfare

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Call of Duty: History and state in 2021

Over the span of two decades, the phrase 'Call of Duty' has become a household name. Starting in 2003, Call of Duty is a first-person shooter video game franchise published by Activision.

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The franchise has given rise to some of the most popular FPS titles, with Infinity Ward and Treyarch developing most of them. Sledgehammer Games and other studios have also contributed to developing some titles. Fans are greeted with a new Call of Duty game every year, with the above-mentioned studios rotating their role as the primary developer.

Initially, the focus was on creating games with a World War II setting. However, the series subsequently transitioned into games centered around the Cold War, modern and futuristic worlds, and even outer space.

Since its origination as a franchise, Call of Duty has earned more than $15 billion and has sold more than 300 million copies worldwide, as of May 2019. This makes it the most successful video game franchise created in the United States, and the sixth highest-grossing video game franchise of all time.

Popular running Call of Duty titles

The 2019 title is a reboot of the Modern Warfare series and also the sixteenth main entry into the overall Call of Duty series. Developed by Infinity Ward and published by Activision, Modern Warfare released globally on October 25, 2019, for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

The gameplay takes place in a modern-day and realistic setting. Although set in a distinct timeline than the other Modern Warfare games, several popular characters from the Modern Warfare subseries including Capt. John Price made their return.

On March 10, 2020, Infinity Ward, Raven Software, and Activision released a free-to-play battle royale extension of 2019's Modern Warfare known as Warzone. Since its release, Call of Duty: Warzone has established itself as of the most prominent battle royale titles.

Despite being a part of Modern Warfare, the battle royale extension does not require the purchase of the campaign and multiplayer. Warzone is the second battle royale in the franchise's history, following the Blackout mode from 2018's Black Ops 4.

This battle royale features 150 players in a lobby, (200 in some limited-time modes) which is much more compared to the 100 players supported by other battle royale titles. Within the first month of its release, Warzone exceeded 50 million players and has kept gaining immense popularity ever since.

Black Ops Cold War is the newest iteration in the Call of Duty franchise. The game, jointly developed by Treyarch Studios and Raven Software, launched worldwide on November 13, 2020.

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The gameplay takes place during the 80s when the Cold War was at its peak. In addition to bringing back the elements of the Black Ops subseries, popular characters from the subseries also make their return. Alex Mason, Jason Hudson, and Frank Woods come together to prevent a possible global war.

Black Ops Cold War is the seventeenth installment in the overall series and the sixth in the Black Ops series. In December 2020, the developers integrated Black Ops Cold War with Call of Duty Warzone.

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First releaseCall of Duty released on October 29, 2003
Latest releaseBlack Ops Cold War released on November 13, 2020
Main series and Spin-OffsWorld War II games, Modern Warfare series, Black Ops series, Ghosts, Advanced Warfare, Infinite Warfare.Several other console titles, handheld titles, mobile titles, PC titles are present.
DevelopersInfinity Ward, Treyarch, Sledgehammer Games, Raven Software
GenreFirst-person shooter
PlatformsPC, PlayStation, Xbox, Nintendo, iOS, Android