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By Jessie Wade
Several NFL and college football players attended a private Activision event to test out the new Call of Duty, and may have revealed the title of the 2019 game.
The event, which has been attached to the hashtag on social media as #CallofDutyPartner, shows various 2019 NFL draft prospects such as WR Riley Ridley and WR N’Keal Harry, along with NFL players from the Tennessee Titans, including WR Tajae Sharpe and CB Logan Ryan, attending the event.
A video was uploaded to Reddit from one of the players’ Instagrams, and was slowed down with subtitles added, that may have shared the newest title while playing the upcoming game.
The words, “Modern Warfare 4” and “Killstreaks” can be heard, leading many to believe the next Call of Duty will be titled, Modern Warfare 4, which has been rumored – and asked for from fans – for quite some time.
The studio behind the Modern Warfare trilogy, Infinity Ward, took its turn this year to develop 2019’s Call of Duty, which has increased the speculation of another installment in the Modern Warfare series.
The Call of Duty event reportedly took place in Nashville, TN, according to CharlieINTEL – the same location where the 2019 NFL Draft will take place this week, April 25 through April 27, which may explain the marketing angle with both NFL players and draft prospects attending.
Those in attendance shared simple excitement for the game in what appeared to be sponsored posts, but did not release anymore details on the upcoming title.
No official announcement of Modern Warfare 4 being the newest Call of Duty title has been made from Activision, despite reports, and the slowed down video can be left open for interpretation.
All that is known about Call of Duty for 2019 is that it will have, “an entirely new campaign, a huge and expansive multiplayer world, and some fun co-op gameplay,” Activision’s new president, Rob Kostich said in February.
The last in the Modern Warfare series was Modern Warfare 3, which was released eight years ago in 2011 by Infinity Ward. Its games following the trilogy shifted to Call of Duty: Ghosts and Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare.
The Modern Warfare trilogy is still a staple among players, with all three titles being reviewed at 9 or above in IGN’s reviews, whereas Infinity Ward’s following titles held lower ratings.
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Jessie Wade is a news writer for IGN and the MW games were her absolute fav from Infinity Ward. Chat with her on Twitter @jessieannwade.