Unlike previous years, the next Call of Duty game has not been revealed in late April or early May, leaving some fans impatient for the rumored Modern Warfare 4, but Infinity Ward’s narrative directer has chimed in on the rampant speculation.
Fans are eager to find out whatever information possible, especially as the point in which the game is traditionally announced has come and gone, and there has been no confirmation as to what is set to be announced.
Yet, the wait for a teaser to finally be revealed may just be going on for a little bit longer, with Infinity Ward themselves starting to chime in on the arduous wait.
There have been a number of ‘leaks’ regarding MW4 but what actually has been true?
Taylor Kurosaki, the Studio Narrative Director at Infinity Ward, responded to a fan who pleaded with them to reveal the teaser for the game sooner rather than later. “Take a deep breath. Be patient.” responded Kurosaki on May 12.
Kurosaki followed up by saying “great things come to those who wait – clearly confident about what they are working on, another example of people related to Call of Duty finally making comments about the next game.
Take a deep breath. Be patient. Great things come to those who wait.
The Studio Narrative Director also seemed to advocate another user – Chris Atchison, Senior Game Advisor at EB Games – in their plea for patience too, explaining that fans shouldn’t get caught in what news might be real and what might be false.
It’s glad to see users are passionate. But don’t get to caught up in the drama of what’s real and what isn’t.
Don’t get caught up in taking sub-Reddit’s seriously, either. It’s a dangerous way to consume entertainment. Don’t let others influence your excitement.
While the wait for confirmation about the next game will finally be over before June 30, at the very latest, that hasn’t stopped fans clinging on to every word or possible tease about seeing something from the new title before then.
Popular YouTuber Tom ‘Syndicate’ Cassell recently hinted at a possible reveal date after heading out to Los Angeles on a ‘secret’ trip. The secret seemed to be let out of the bag when eagle-eyed fans spotted a familiar building lurking in the background of his video – matching it up with the headquarters of Infinity Ward.
While it hasn’t been confirmed that Syndicate was playing Modern Warfare 4, it has been confirmed that Activision and Sony, the two parties who would be likely to reveal the next game, won’t be attending E3 on June 11-14 with any sort of big show. So, any hopes of seeing the game there are pretty bleak.
It remains to be seen just when the eagerly anticipated game will be announced but with evidence piling up, it seems as if it can’t be all that far away.
Paris Legion were the last team to announce their Call of Duty League roster and, while coach Dylan ‘Theory’ McGee tells us he’s confident in his squad, it’s hard to believe they made the most of their opportunity.
Don’t get me wrong: the players they’ve pulled together have all shown their ability throughout the course of their careers. These are players that have won championships in the past and competed at the top, as well as a young gun who, right now, is an unknown entity… But has looked more than capable of holding his own in the amateur ranks.
Paris Legion’s 2021 CDL roster
Ulysses ‘AquA’ Silva— AR
Nicholas ‘Classic’ DiCostanzo — SMG
Luis ‘Fire’ Rivera — Flex
Matthew ‘Skrapz’ Marshall — SMG
Dylan ‘Theory’ McGee — Coach
So Classic, Skrapz, AquA, and Fire will be donning the Paris colors heading into the 2021 CDL season — and this is definitely a roster worth talking about.
Paris’ slow decision-making was a huge talking point for both Call of Duty fans and players without a team. This begs the question: did the Legion miss a golden opportunity when constructing their roster?
Notably — and not unmissed by literally everybody involved with the CDL — Paris were the very last team to announce their roster. For a long time, it was unclear how long we would have to wait, with other teams already fully announced and scrimming to learn the game inside out.
While some were annoyed about the speed at which Paris were making their decisions, many of us saw it as the team taking a big opportunity to see which players were the best, waiting it out to find the form players and take advantage.
Lo and behold, that wasn’t quite what happened. With Challengers teams and individual players shining in Black Ops Cold War, the Paris roster seems to pale in comparison.
Coach Theory on forming Paris Legion
The reaction to Paris’ team was as expected. It looks very much like a group of misfits lumped together and told to make it work. While other CDL teams are formed with a mixture of cohesion and raw talent in mind, with partnerships that have been proven to work, this is one that has boggled the minds of fans.
Speaking exclusively with Dexerto, Paris coach Dylan ‘Theory’ McGee explained how he put together the team. “To me, I started with the best player available in my opinion which was Skrapz,” he said of the Brit. “From there, I wanted an AR who has competed with the best in Championship situations and Aqua fit that perfectly. He might be overlooked by the casuals, but his talent is unreal and I hope it gets displayed the way I think it will throughout the season.”
Explaining the acquisition of Fire, Theory had similarly high praise. “Everyone has taken notice of the swing in young potential the last few years, so we took a chance on the young gun Fire. His coachability and potential while only competing for six months was extremely impressive.”
Finally, Theory says that “nobody brings more to a team than Classic,” calling him a “proven winner on multiple titles and the ultimate role player and teammate.”
While McGee speaks so highly of his team, and it’s hard not to buy into his enthusiasm, there’s no denying that this is a mix of players nobody could have seen coming, and one that expectations aren’t set particularly high.
Theory (far left) knows what it takes to win championships, and hopes this Paris side can do so too.
Call of Duty League’s crushing pressure
Plenty of rumors have spread regarding Paris’ decision-making. In particular, the suggestion that they were simply looking to spend as little money as possible.
These four players are already on the back foot. While fans waited with bated breath before the Paris Legion announcement, they immediately wrote off this side once it came out — and the pressure was instantly on these players to prove their legion of doubters wrong.
They’re joining a franchise with a terrible record in its first season, and are already being looked at by many as bottom-of-the-pack fodder before the season is even underway.
In Activision’s Call of Duty League, we’ve seen how one bad season can impact a player’s career. Huge names such as Jordan ‘JKap’ Kaplan and Ian ‘Enable’ Wyatt retired after Modern Warfare, despite being top players previously.
And my fear is that one poor season with Paris Legion could be the icing on the cake for some of these players. So it’s important that this band of CDL castaways hit the ground running, to ease the pressure as much as possible.
The 2020 Paris Legion team had an extremely disappointing season, going months on end without a win.
What about the alternatives?
Perhaps the biggest cause for concern is that there were so many good, viable options in the run-up to Paris’ roster finalization. With all the time they had, so many of us expected them to simply scout out the cream of the crop that remained.
Similarly, there are a number of top pros sitting out that have arguably been more impactful than some of the Legion members of late. Skrapz’s brother Bradley ‘Wuskin’ Marshall had a solid Modern Warfare season — undeniably better than that of fellow main AR, AquA, who struggled to get much going with LA Guerrillas.
Zack ‘Drazah’ Jordan played for OGLA in the latter months of the 2020 season and helped turn that team’s fortunes around. He’s currently occupying the bench for LA Thieves, but surely he’s the exact type of up-and-coming star that could slot into a team such as Paris?
And if Paris were looking for viable slaying competitors from Challengers, Fire is a genuine talent and will have a great career ahead of him, but it’s unclear why he would be first choice. The WaR team of 2020 proved themselves as the best Challengers team in Europe. Surely the likes of David ‘Dqvee’ Davies and Marcus ‘Afro’ Reid would have been worth a call, if not that WestR side?
The former Atlanta FaZe Academy side, currently dominating Challengers as WestR, could definitely go toe-to-toe with CDL’s finest.
Paris Legion… The underwhelming underdogs?
This isn’t all to say that the Paris team will be bad. For all we know, they could turn out to be a sleeper team that storms the league. I for one quietly expect them to perform much better than the last Paris Legion iteration and turn a few heads in the process. Theory is similarly confident, hopeful we can “get back to LAN events where we can see players in their true form.”
That said, the amalgamation of talent on this lineup simply seems random with no clear identity to it. While Paris Legion could have brought in the best Challengers team on offer, they opted for a group that can’t provide much positive fanfare and set low expectations for the coming season’s performances.
Paris had the opportunity to make a nuclear signing and become the underdogs that Call of Duty fans love to cling on to. But instead, they picked up a roster that is similarly as uninspiring as the brand itself.