A Microsoft employee might have preemptively teased this year’s Call of Duty reveal event on Twitter. The image, a red Roman numeral “2” with what looks like Morse code around it with a field of solid black, was tweeted out by Xbox Community Manager Raj Patel and instantly set off a whirlwind of speculation within the gaming community.
The Morse code, when translated reads, “Presented by Xbox, 10 AM PDT/ 1 PM EST May 4th 2015”
Speculation arises around Call of Duty simply based on the timing of the announcement. Recent years have shown that Call of Duty games have been revealed in May, with Advanced Warfare debuting on May 4, 2014 and Call of Duty: Ghosts officially unveiled at the Xbox One reveal on May 21, 2013.
While Raj was quick to backtrack on the nature of the image, the question still remains: Why would an Xbox employee tweet out what is assumed to be an advertisement for a massive Xbox reveal and then simply say it wasn’t “official”? As of this post, the tweet hasn’t even been removed, which is normally standard-operating procedure for developers or companies who accidentally tease info they shouldn’t.
Earlier I posted an unofficial (not from Xbox) image to see what others think of it, not as an endorsement or tease. Sorry for any confusion— Raj Patel (@Rajio) January 23, 2015
It wouldn’t be surprising to see Microsoft at the helm of helping Activision reveal the next entry in the Call of Duty franchise. Xbox has long been the go-to console for Call of Duty players, especially on the competitive scene, so it would behoove Microsoft to keep that relationship intact. Normally, Xbox owners are the first to receive the game’s DLC, as is the case with the upcoming Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare zombie DLC, Havok, which hits console later this month.
Advanced Warfare has received multiple stellar reviews, and is the first game in the Call of Duty franchise to benefit from a longer release cycle. Developed by Sledgehammer Games, the mega hit military FPS will be placed on a three-studio rotation, as reported by Polygon, with the next iterations of the games developed by Treyarch and Infinity Ward. This gives each studio three years to develop the annual franchise, which will hopefully make the Call of Duty brand better and less stagnant in the future.
Whatever this image will end up being, one can assume that we will be hearing about the upcoming Call of Duty game relatively soon. Activision is riding high, as Advanced Warfare was the best selling game of 2014, and the publisher will likely want to add on to that success with Treyarch’s addition to the series later this year.
The Inquisitr will keep you updated if this story develops further.
[Image Source: Twitter]