This year's Call of Duty focuses on private military contractors, will be revealed May 4

Activision launches teaser website for this year's Call of Duty; first screenshot shows off a character in some kind of mech-suit; San Francisco could be one of the game's locations.

[UPDATE] A new video from Activision and Vice offers more information about this year's Call of Duty game. "In the next Call of Duty, the world's most powerful military is not a country," the video says. "It's a corporation."

"In the last 20 years, global combat has seen a steady shift towards the use of private military corporations, or PMCs. What happens when the highest bidder becomes the world's next superpower?"

"A new era of Call of Duty is coming," the video closes with.

The original story is below.

Activision today launched a teaser website for this year's Call of Duty game, in development at Modern Warfare 3 co-developer Sledgehammer Games. The website tells fans to "Get ready for a new era" of Call of Duty and that the game will be revealed on Sunday, May 4.

Image credit: Game Informer

A countdown clock on the teaser website ends at 1 p.m. EDT on May 4. The rest of the website features an indiscernible flickering image. The website's source code reveals the image below, which appears to showcase San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge.

Earlier this month, we got our first look at a character model for this year's Call of Duty game. We don't know anything about the plot or features for the game, but Activision has high hopes for the project, labeling it "ambitious" and "creative," as well as "perhaps the best Call of Duty game ever created."

Game Informer will showcase this year's Call of Duty game for its next issue. The magazine has also obtained the game's first screenshot, which shows off a soldier in some kind of mech-suit. The magazine also says the game's first trailer will go live May 4 at 1 p.m. EDT. We will have all the Call of Duty news for you this weekend as it happens.

Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and you can follow him on Twitter @EddieMakuch
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Gazdakka
Gazdakka

So...Call of Solids: Metal Warfare?

Does it even matter? CoD stories have been notoriously crap for a while now...

Hurvl
Hurvl

This PMC business sounds similar to what Metal Gear Solid once used as plot - several years ago. Been there, done that.

EPaul
EPaul

PMCs ............."War has Changed"

drekula2
drekula2

now featuring condescending political lectures ripped off of Metal Gear Solid and marketed straight to the dude-bruh audience.

C-THREE
C-THREE

gamespot tries to do a "what we'd like to see in the next call of duty game" but the game is released the same day. activision is ridiculous for this.

marcusi23
marcusi23

all of yall just hates the success call of duty have year in and year out. alot of yall are sad battlefield player who can't stand that cod is so much more popular than battlefield. y'all want battlefield to take the lead so bad in fps and they can't.even with ghosts not being the best cod of the series battlefield still couldn't pull ahead and them titanfall came in as call of duty retarted brother.

sriley092
sriley092

"the best Call of Duty game ever created"
They said this every years...

HipHopBeats
HipHopBeats

Call Of Duty and Assassin's Creed. Got milk?

Mariofan15
Mariofan15

Another Call of Duty? Really? Why do you release one every damn year? This is pretty much the definition of milking a series right here.

djsimpson95
djsimpson95

Seriously, "best Call Of Duty game ever created" ? They said that last year, and the year before that, and the year before that, and the year before that, and so on.

bubba_1988
bubba_1988

This series has a licence to print money.

Elnath10
Elnath10

The way I see it is just a new perspective, new story, diferrent approach of warstyle with this contracts for the main story, some new things with that new approach instead of perks or stuff like that, BUT with the same gameplay of CoD that it have always had....


just saying...

Xx_DemonSoul_xX
Xx_DemonSoul_xX

Now that's what I call innovation. I guess I better preorder this bad boy so that I can experience true Next Gen gaming. -_-

Gordaton
Gordaton

Should have known they would go out of there way to copy Titanfall.

uchihasilver
uchihasilver

all i think from that screenshot is that the visor is from mgs rising xD 


radcrab123
radcrab123

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hampton2003
hampton2003

I like the helmet, the way the visor is shaped; looks medieval. be prepared for some character/equipment named knight or something along that line. patriot knight!

Gallowhand
Gallowhand

*wanders out of article looking for a WW1 shooter*

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

Why do I suspect it will be glorifying PMCs, and be coincidentally sponsored by one?

PodXCOM
PodXCOM

I like the screenshot, there I said it.

radcrab123
radcrab123

*sigh* why..WHY NOT JUST MAKE COD:PATRIOTS. FREAKING STEAMPUNK WW1 IS MUCH BETTER THAN THIS MODERN MILITARY TRASH!!!

scottw84
scottw84

Wonder if they've upgraded the Fish AI so it can use perks now.

djsimpson95
djsimpson95

@davidgrey2014  enough with WW2 shooter games, there's Battlefield, Medal Of Honor, COD, and a bunch of others I don't know about yet

marcusi23
marcusi23

@Gordaton  How are they coping titanfall, titanfall just came out. call of duty 2014 has been in development for the last 2-3 years. and why would they copy titanfall by a lot of people view it was not even a success. sure it made around 1.5 to 2 million dollars but that was due to the over-hype it got throughout the months before launch. after the first week of titanfall you heard no one praise that game. 

radcrab123
radcrab123

@hampton2003 ................................*Calls Cops on you*WHY'D YOU GIVE THEM IDEAS!?!?!??!?!?? D:

beuneus12
beuneus12

@radcrab123  I've always wanted a WW1 military shooter/sim. Thank god it's not COD that is making it :p

teller76567
teller76567

@beuneus12 Well in call of duty ghost's you get to drive a tank and some what fly a helicopter in the campaign. Also in black ops the first one you got a motorcycle, world of war a tank. 


I bet i'm one of the few that will play the campaigns over and over...