This morning Activision and Sledgehammer Games published a teaser site counting down to the announcement of 2014's Call of Duty release. Little was revealed on the website beyond a distorted image of a running soldier. However, Activision has just provided some more material for dissection, a teaser trailer titled "Superpower For Hire" which explored the idea of a private military company growing too large, too uncontrollable.
Provided with the trailer was an infographic detailing just how significant a role private military companies play in the current United States wars, such as currently in Afghanistan. Billions of dollars and hundreds of thousands of employees make up the current climate for PMCs, including the third largest private employer in the world -- G4S. The idea being that the events of the next Call of Duty may not be too far from the truth.
It's difficult to say at this point, however, how grounded in reality the next Call of Duty game will truly be. With Ghosts and Modern Warfare it seems like the trend is to create a more fantastical, futuristic experience. Players want to do cooler things, feel like more of a badass, and that's why they keep buying games. While Activision/Sledgehammer's efforts to tie the next Call of Duty to the politics of reality is interesting, I'm curious about it as a marketing move.
Everything will likely gain clarity with the announcement of Call of Duty 2014 on May 4. For now, check out the teaser trailer and the countdown website to get a better view of the currently available information.