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Infinity Ward job listings reveal info on 2019 Call of Duty single player and “Next Gen”

Published: 3/Jan/2019 12:07 Updated: 3/Jan/2019 12:30

by Calum Patterson

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2019 is upon us, which means it’s officially Infinity Ward’s year to release a Call of Duty title, and job vacancies at the legendary studio can give us some clues as to what we can expect.

Multiple reports have all but confirmed that 2019 CoD will not be ‘Ghosts 2’, which likely leaves two options; Modern Warfare 4, or a brand new sub-franchise (we can’t imagine Activision would back an Infinite Warfare 2 release).

There are a lot more burning questions that fans have other than simply the name though; Will it be historical, futuristic or present day? Will there be specialists in multiplayer? Will there be a campaign mode?

Some of these questions can be answered by looking at Infinity Ward’s job listings, which describe an “unannounced AAA title” forthcoming from the Call of Duty devs.

Most interestingly however, many of the vacancies describe the title as “next gen” – indicating that the upcoming CoD will be available on whatever consoles Sony and Microsoft release next, as well as current systems.

In one listing, Infinity Ward say they are looking for an engineer to “drive the vision of what a true next-gen console can achieve”. In another listing, they say: “Come work with the game industry’s brightest on an exciting, unannounced next gen title.”

This job listing also suggests there will be a single player mode.
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There are other things of note in these listings too, such as the mention of single player, which was conspicuously missing from 2018’s Call of Duty release from Treyarch, Black Ops 4.

The listing for ‘Associate game designer’ requires applicants to have a “broad understanding of both multiplayer and single player game design.”

Finally, there is a rather odd desire for a Senior Gameplay Animator who will “set a new bar for 3rd person player animation in a shooter.”

Perhaps there will be a refined 3rd person mode coming, or some 3rd person action during the single player campaign?

How could Infinity Ward be implementing 3rd person gameplay?
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Call of Duty: WWII, the 2017 release from Sledgehammer Games, used 3rd person in the ‘Headquarters’ area, which acted as a sort of social hub between matches.

These job listings give us a small glimpse at what Infinity Ward are working on behind closed doors, but it won’t be until mid 2019 until we start getting some public information from the studio.

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CDL Commissioner confirms Warzone is part of the league’s competitive plans

Published: 21/Jan/2021 0:59 Updated: 21/Jan/2021 2:34

by Theo Salaun

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The Call of Duty League’s commissioner, Johanna Faries, has confirmed that Warzone is part of the league’s competitive plans and will be featured in a more “structured” integration moving forward.

Activision’s unprecedented success in 2020 could not have been achieved without Warzone. While Infinity Ward’s Modern Warfare, the Activision-Blizzard franchised CDL, and Treyarch’s Black Ops Cold War have all been their own successes — Warzone is more than a cherry on top.

Regularly near the heights of Twitch’s viewership, the CoD battle royale has amassed both a huge casual community and more dedicated fans committed to watching tournament play. As such, it’s unsurprising that the CDL wants to do more than the casual Warzone content it created in the inaugural season.

That content typically spanned getting pro players, coaches, and analysts involved in custom matches on Verdansk. While entertaining, Faries has revealed that the league has much more competitive plans in store for the battle royale.

In an interview with ScreenRant, Faries, who heads both the CDL and Overwatch League, expressed that Warzone will be getting more properly integrated into the CDL’s plans: “There are [plans to bring Warzone to Call of Duty League], and we’re excited to announce those plans in the coming weeks and months.”

The Head of Leagues continued, contrasting these new plans with the casual content of the inaugural season and confirming that future integration will be much more esports-focused: “We did bring in Warzone related content with our pros last season, but we’ve taken the off-season to think bigger about what a more structured investment could look like. There are really exciting things to come as early as this season.”

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The CDL kicked off to a boisterous start in its inaugural season.

As mentioned earlier, the CDL’s Warzone content in 2020 was primarily casual. Weekend custom lobbies created some fun clips and moments, but overall didn’t have quite the drawing power of Warzone’s more legitimate esport events.

We’ve seen former CDL bench players grow into massive Warzone careers, such as the London Royal Ravens’ Rhys ‘Rated’ Price as well as Charlie ‘MuTeX’ Saouma and Thomas ‘Tommey’ Trewren formerly of the Dallas Empire. 

The league obviously has the talent for appealing Warzone competition, so fans will be antsy to find out exactly what kind of “structured” integration may be coming in the future.