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"They definitely say Modern Warfare 4": Call of Duty 2019 might have just been leaked by a bunch of football players

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (opens in new tab) is quickly becoming one of the worst kept secrets of 2019. So far, it's appeared via job listings (opens in new tab), digital storefronts, social media teases (opens in new tab), and more, but the latest confirmation that Infinity Ward's upcoming instalment in the FPS franchise will be a sequel to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 4 comes via... American football. Or rather, a bunch of professional football players who recently got the chance to play this year's Call of Duty game behind closed doors. 

Florida State’s Jacques Patrick (opens in new tab), University of Georgia’s Riley Ridley (opens in new tab), and more attended a private Call of Duty event over the weekend, and though they weren't allowed to say much, pictures and videos have been posted online showing brief snippets of their time with the game. 

One such video is a small clip of Ridley and Patrick playing and talking about the game, and a particularly obsessive fan (opens in new tab), after slowing down the speed of the footage, thinks they can hear the pair referring to both "killstreaks" and "Modern Warfare 4." Watch the video below for yourself, and see if you agree. 

Hmm. It's up for debate, but there's definitely a plausible case to be made there. Modern Warfare 4's Reddit page (opens in new tab) (because of course there's already a Reddit page) have also been closely studying some of the still image from the event, and think they can spot both in-game lobbies and scoreboards (opens in new tab) of the game spotted in the monitor reflection of the snapshots. 

Activision usually announce the title and setting of the next Call of Duty game around this time of the year, so we can expect an official reveal within the following few weeks at the latest. There are rumours that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Remastered will also be bundled with 2019's iteration in the franchise, as a PEGI listing for the game recently surfaced online (opens in new tab), before being quickly hidden by the ratings board. 

Funnily enough, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 (opens in new tab) was also stealthily announced by an American sports star last year, after NBA player James Harding wore a cap with the game's logo (opens in new tab) emblazoned across it during the pre-match commentary to a live basketball game. We'll let you know as soon as we hear anything more about Call of Duty 2019, so stay tuned to GamesRadar+ (opens in new tab) for all the latest news. 

Is Modern Warfare 4 one of the big new games of 2019 (opens in new tab) yet to be announced? We'll have to wait and see but, in the meantime, watch the video below for a better look at the year in gaming ahead. 

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