A YouTube user called Drift0r claims to have a reliable source saying the next Call of Duty game will be Call of Duty: Ghosts. He claims there will be an official announcement in May. This rumor has been floating around all weekend, so how likely is it?
With Battlefield 4 already announced and building hype, we'd expect some news about this year's Call of Duty soon. However, there are a number of reasons to be skeptical about this particular rumor.
It is claimed the game will only be released on PC and next gen consoles (PlayStation 4 and next Xbox). It's hard to believe that Activision would choose to ignore current generation consoles this year, as the next gens will only be released in time for the holidays. That is a lot of potential sales to throw away.
This year's Call of Duty is being developed by Infinity Ward, who have traditionally made the 'Modern Warfare' series. It would be a huge surprise if we don't see Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 4. Before Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, Modern Warfare 3 was the biggest release in the series to date. It's a huge brand to throw away, even if some people felt the third game wasn't up to the standards of the first two.
According to the rumor, Call of Duty: Ghosts will be set in the future, but for some reason weapons of today will be used. That would suggest some kind of apocalyptic scenario, which is certainly a popular theme.
Check out Drift0r's video here, and see if you believe him.
We'll follow up this rumor as soon as we know more.
[Image is from the current Call of Duty - it is not a leak of the next game!]