[UPDATE 2] Activision has formally announced this year's Call of Duty game, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. It launches November 4, 2014, but platforms have not been announced yet.
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Another publication, Bubble News, claims to have lots more details about this year's Call of Duty game. A source has told the site that the game is called Call of Duty: Patriots and Smith Black is actually the name of one of its main characters. It is reportedly in development for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC only, not Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, or Wii U.
As for its setting, Bubble News has learned that Call of Duty: Patriots will be set during a fictional version of World War 1, and the game will reportedly have a "fantasy" element. One example provided is that one of the main characters is actually from a past Call of Duty title, but in an alternate reality. The site goes on to claim that Call of Duty: Patriots has both single- and multiplayer modes, and that the single-player mode is playable via online co-op. Splitscreen won't be offered, according to the report.
Finally, the main campaign is expected to last six hours, the site says. However, it's rumored that there will be two sub-campaigns. In addition, developer Sledgehammer Games is planning Call of Duty: Patriots to be a three-part series, according to the report. Lastly, Call of Duty: Patriots is rumored to launch November 14.
None of the above information is confirmed, so until we hear directly from Activision, you should take these details with a grain of salt.
[Original story] A new report from MP1ST claims that 2014's Call of Duty game--developed by Sledgehammer Games--is codenamed "Blacksmith," and will be officially announced sometime in May. MP1ST did not say where its information comes from.
This is not the first time we've heard the "Blacksmith" codename for this year's Call of Duty game. YouTuber Drift0r claims he saw the new game earlier this year and that it was referred to as "Call of Duty: Blacksmith."
We have reached out to representatives for Activision and developer Sledgehammer Games for comment, but have not heard back as of press time. Sledgehammer Games co-developed 2011's Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 with Infinity Ward. The first image of this year's Call of Duty game emerged last week, but it doesn't show much.
If Activision does formally announced this year's Call of Duty game in May, it won't be much of a surprise. Historically, Activision announces new Call of Duty games in May in the lead-up to their eventual release often in November of the same year.
2014's Call of Duty title is rumored to be a future-set Modern Warfare 4, but of course this is not confirmed. Earlier this year, Sledgehammer Games cofounder Glen Schofield said the game is the "most ambitious, most creative game we've ever made." Meanwhile, Activision Blizzard CEO Robert Kotick previously described 2014's Call of Duty title as "perhaps the best Call of Duty game ever created."