Call of Duty 7 rumours: are they true?

A recent leak, supposedly from an Activision 'insider', has revealed new details about the next Call of Duty. Although, Call of Duty 7 is yet to be formally announced by Activision, logic suggests that the new instalment will be handled by the *other* CoD team, Treyarch, formerly responsible for Call of Duty 3 and Call of Duty: World at War.

Fact or fiction? We look at the latest rumours and tell you what we think.

The game will be called Call of Duty: Black Ops:

In the recent leak the Acti insider uses this name to refer to CoD 7. In military terminology, a 'black op' is the most covert type of mission undertaken by secret services like the SAS - an area that Treyarch has yet to fully explore (bar a brief dalliance in CoD3).

Above: CoD 7: Black Ops could see you playing as a member of the SAS

If the team is keen to move away from their tag as the 'World War II' CoD team, this concentration on more ‘under-the-radar’ missions might be the way to do it. Plus, further info suggests you'll play at least part of the game as a member of the SAS, which sounds way more exciting than a Private in the infantry division.

Missions will take place in a variety of time-frames...

Back in early 2009 it was already being reported that CoD 7 would be set in the Vietnam era. Again, an 'insider' pointed to the music that was being licensed for the game which was of the Vietnam era and Cuban, African and Russian music.

Above: The CIA-led Bay of Pigs invasion in Cuba falls within the suggested time-frame for CoD 7

This would suggest a Cold War/Vietnam setting (including a possible mission in the Bay of Pigs Invasion) and would place the time-frame between 1959 and 1975. Sounds totally plausible to us.

There will be a mission based around the 1980 London Iranian Embassy Siege:

Not so sure about this one... and we've got some info to back this up.

In the recent lawsuit filed against Activision by Infinity Ward employees Vince Zampella and Jason West it was revealed that West and Zampella had "creative authority over the development of any games... set in the post-Vietnam era, the near future or the distant future".

Above: Unfortunately, this PC mod might be closest we get to an Iranian Embassy siege in a Call of Duty game

Given that the Iranian Embassy siege by occurred in 1980, this would fall out of Treyarch's remit. However, now that Zampella and West are no-longer employees of IW and their future influence over the series is still to be decided in the US courts, this clause might be rendered irrelevant now.

From a gamer point of view, playing out that notorious mission would be kind of cool (and controversial enough to garner 'No Russian'-style media attention).

The game will use dedicated servers for PC multiplayer:

This is more of an issue for PC gamers, many of whom abandoned Modern Warfare 2 when it was revealed that Infinity Ward was doing away with dedicated servers and instead using an Xbox Live style matchmaking service.

Above: PC gamers got quite militant about Modern Warfare 2 

The reasons for the anger felt by a section of the PC gaming community are numerous and well documented, but it seems to have rubbed off on Treyarch, if we are to believe this part of the 'insider's' intel - that CoD 7 will support dedicated servers. We want to believe this is true.

Zombies will return:

This one seems to be a dead cert, as it was here that Treyarch saw the most vocal support as far as its multiplayer offering played out. Sure, gamers played WAW online for a bit as a stop-gap (and then went back to original Modern Warfare) but it was Zombie mode that had us hooked and laying awake at night planning strategies to reach level 17 on Veruckt.

Above: Nazi zombies - a stroke of co-op genius 

It would be highly unusual if Treyarch didn’t capitalise on this and expand zombie mode into a serious section of the game. Like Modern Warfare 2 had three distinct 'sections': Campiagn, Spec Ops and Multiplayer. We think CoD 7 will take a similar route with Campaign, Zombies and Multiplayer.

It'll be out on 10 November:

Looking back at the history of Call of Duty release dates Activision seems to favour an early November launch window, and both CoD 3 and CoD MW2 hit stores on 10 November. The only consideration that could affect this in 2010, is EA's relaunch of Medal of Honor, which is scheduled for Fall 2010. Aside from this November 10 has been supported by retail leaks in the UK. 

Original source

March 29, 2010


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  • slowdrum13 - March 31, 2010 5:27 p.m.

    Sorry activision, but I already have mw2 so I'm good on cod for at least a couple more years. Besides, it's not an iw game, so it's just a cheap knock off like cod3 and waw. Nobody wants or needs a new cod every year. Stop being greedy before you run this series into the ground like you did with tony hawk and guitar hero. Definitely not buying this, I'll be too busy enjoying mw2. I'm a modern warfare fan now, not a call of duty fan. When IW releases mw3, that will be my next purchase.
  • nik41507 - March 30, 2010 11:44 p.m.

    Bay Of Pigs was also a Red Alert 2 map
  • SgtMentalcase - March 30, 2010 9:55 p.m.

    Sorry if Im a jerk but this is a big pet-peeve of mine. As Tochy said this is NOT COD7 because there was never a COD6 or COD5.
  • PaulieWaulie - March 30, 2010 5:31 p.m.

    I have to admit that until WAW I thought Treyarch were no where near in the same league as IW and to be fair I think that MW2's single player is much better than WAW's but I really think WAW multiplayer was much more balanced than MW2, I hate that MW2 is dominated by assualt rifles and the lag at times makes it worthless. I hope they get it together and make an awesome sinlge player and multiplayer with a decent matchmaking system for PS3. Plus zombie mode was really sound until they decided to rinse it and make to many cynical version of it.
  • TURbo - March 30, 2010 2:32 p.m.

    Treyarch at least goes in a different direction compared to Infinity Ward. For example having 4 player campaign co-op. They didn't bitch and whine about it not fitting with the story narrative. Treyarch does the stuff Infinity Ward doesn't do for the COD games. Besides Call of Duty World at War sold just as much as the COD 4 if you count the sales from the Wii and PS2 which closes the sales gap of the COD 4 on 360 and PS3. On regards to the subscription based COD game. Bobby Kotick mentioned that in a way to expand the East Asian market, since subscription games are huge over there, but Asia is not really into games with shooting being the main mechanic. I'm looking forward to COD 7 Black Ops or whatever its called. If in the single player game, they had a mission for example the My Lai massacre. That would be a very memorable set piece that would make people think in a new way about war. Also zombies with more recent guns sounds pretty awesome. Hopefully it doesn't feel like a polished mod. I still think the majority of the animations will be the exact same.
  • pastycaucasian - March 30, 2010 2:13 p.m.

    I don't know if it's real or not I think they are trying to get peoples hopes high because of what happen with infinity ward.All I know if it's made by infinity ward then I will get it but if it's made by another company then I really don't want it, and the Call of Duty has just been over done and I am kinda of sick of it.
  • philipshaw - March 30, 2010 9:56 a.m.

    Never liked any of Treyarch's COD games, so won't be buying this and also hate Actvision
  • Tochy - March 30, 2010 5:12 a.m.

    why is this cod 7 there was never a cod 6
  • awil117 - March 30, 2010 3:50 a.m.

    Holy shit. I love Treyarch. As long as they still have Nazi Zombies, I'm good. :D But I loved Call of Duty 3 a lot. That was my first one that played, and had originally gotten me into 1st person games, excluding Halo. But I'm sure whatever they come up with, it will sell millions, like always. GO TREYARCH! KEEP ON TRUCKIN!!
  • BishopofHippo93 - March 30, 2010 2:25 a.m.

    @spikeambrose: because of the legal issues following the sacking of the heads of Infinity Ward by Activision, there may not be another MW3, or at least not a true MW3, anyway. @K9unittp: I have heard these rumors as well, and I'm not sure what to think. It would be like Activision to do that and squeeze every last ounce of money from us. I think the majority of people would refuse to pay, but those who are desperate for more Call of Duty, and they are not few in number, will be willing to pay a price provided it isn't too hefty. If Activision is smart, they won't start charging. However, we know Activision is not as smart as we would like to believe by the fact that they unceremoniously sacked the heads of Infinity Ward. Personally, I think the prospect of a new era and more zombies will be the only thing that could possibly persuade me to get this. I've been playing a lot of Battlefield: Bad Company 2 lately, and looking back on Modern Warfare 2, I prefer Battlefield greatly. The Black Ops is definitely the way to go with this. If they put you on the front lines again it would really be little more than a repeat of the American missions in World at War. Also, if you do play as an British SAS agent, it would make things easier on the writers of the game, because America didn't exactly win the war in Vietnam.
  • Cwf2008 - March 30, 2010 1:49 a.m.

    Zombies again? HELL YA! But now i gotta choose between the new Medal of Honor game or this game...well i gotta see which ones better i guess
  • CLEIP - March 30, 2010 1:41 a.m.

    Fuck yeah! I have to be honest, i hated the campagn of both mw games, my favourite cod campagn however was that of world at war.
  • spikeambrose - March 30, 2010 1:26 a.m.

    What about a Modern Warfare 3? The CoD franchise should stick to the storyline of Modern Warfare, for continuity's sake. I mean, they left us with such a cliffhanger at the end of MW2, so it only makes sense that they should continue where they left off, not go back in time to the Vietnam era.
  • Fathios - March 30, 2010 1:14 a.m.

    Should've shot for the 11th, lol.
  • K9unittp - March 30, 2010 1:04 a.m.

    Has anyone else heard the rumor that Activision might be making CoD multiplayer a "pay monthly service?" If its true i dont think I will ever buy another call of duty title. :'(
  • falloutdeath18 - March 30, 2010 1 a.m.

    im a little confused with the date the game is gong to be played on? is it going to be in the past or the future? and the first game im getting would be new vegas then medal of honor and then COD. im already going to start saving money
  • TheIronMaiden - March 29, 2010 9:49 p.m.

    dammit. If this release date really is true than I'm stuck between fallout new vegas, MOH, and COD.
  • Sebastian16 - March 29, 2010 9:46 p.m.

    The embassy siege makes no sense to be in a CoD game. I don't see a FEW terrorists holding up an embassy in London as a very good setting for the typical "CoD FUCK YEAAAAHHHH SHHOOOOTTTTING" formula.
  • Cyberninja - March 29, 2010 9:15 p.m.

    toospliced play resident evil or L4D so many people at my school want me to play cod with them and soon i may give in with this one.

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