The key moments in the history of the Call of Duty saga

A success that comes thanks to Medal of Honor

Medal of Honor was the title chosen from 1999 to turn the success of the movie into video games Saving Private Ryan. Steven Spielberg’s film, already a classic, served as a hitch for a new generation of war titles. The success of the Electronic Arts franchise (Dreamworks Interactive originally) caused part of the team that developed the games to separate and end up creating an alternative that they baptized as callofduty, either The call of duty. Although in those early years (2003) the competition was fierce, over time only Activision’s IP remained, which, miraculously, has survived to this day.

And while many of the games that make up the saga have been unprecedented bestsellers, we have to remember the ten key moments of this franchise, for the contributions they were making to the phenomenon Call of Duty that we live today. And they are these:

Call of Duty (2003)

This is the original game, released for PC and was a resounding success. Focused on events of the Second World War, it outlined in a very basic way some of the ingredients that the Call of Duty in the future. In that first moment, their resemblance to Medal of Honor of Electronic Arts was more than strikingwhich did not prevent it from becoming a bestseller.

Call of Duty Modern Warfare (2007)

After two more games focused on World War II, Activision decides to take a radical turn and make the first of many wise decisions. Far from the battlefields in Europe during the 40s of the last century, it focuses on the Middle East and the terrorist threat, something that in the following years would have a dramatic reflection on reality itself because of 9/11 in the US. . How could it be otherwise, this game was a complete success.

Call of Duty World at War (2008)

Activision was short-lived in the heat of modern fighting and at the first opportunity he had, he returned to his origins, to World War II. On this occasion, this title is important for the saga because it marks the arrival of one of the most celebrated modes of the franchise, such as the zombies. From that moment on, it became one of the players’ favourites, although it took a few more years to perfect it definitively.

Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 (2009)

What to say about the game that marks the before and after of the saga full. Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 it became the franchise’s best-selling game up to that point and the one that definitively catapulted the brand to almost the levels it has today. In addition, its success had an unexpected consequence because it meant the departure of Activision from Vince Zampella, one of the bosses of the study, who decided to leave quite angry for not participating financially in the success of the game. As a result of that decision, Respawn Entertainment would be created and titan fall 1 and 2 or apex legends.

Call of Duty Black Ops (2010)

It is, so far, the Call of Duty best-selling and the first to experiment with a new war, which is essentially covert operations during the Cold War. On this occasion, we will visit tropical lands, Vietnam or Cambodia and we will get fully into those times of communist revolutions that devastated a world divided in two, with blocks on one side and the other of the famous Iron Curtain. One of the best remembered games of the entire franchise.

Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 (2011)

Call of Duty dared to imagine a little over a decade ago what a Third World War would be like, although The important thing about this title comes with the multiplayer, which is the one that lays the foundations for what we have today. With this game the rankings begin to arrive, the multiplayer game ecosystem and the levels in the weapons or the help to the most novices to fight with other more experienced players. Also enter the scene spec ops, that will be another of the attractions of the franchise.

Call of Duty Infinite Warfare (2016)

Activision, surely tired of more or less real conflicts (almost all of them), decides to travel to the future to develop a delivery in which weapons never seen before, futuristic, and that substantially modify the way of fighting in the game up to that moment. The jumps with jetpack and other innovations do not sit well with some players who suddenly see influences from other competitors as titan fall (that of Vince Zameplla). In the end, by dint of playing games, the initial complaints did not reach more but with the next installment (just in case) they disappeared.

Call of Duty Black Ops III (2018)

One of the most recent installments in the series will be remembered, not so much for its technical quality or innovations, as for the fact that Call of Duty Black Ops III was the first to voluntarily decide obviate the presence of a single player campaign. This mode had always been one of the most requested by players, which is why it caused a rejection among a good part of the gamers who only dare to enjoy each new Call of Duty just because of his story. Luckily, in the following years the custom returned without problems and since then there has been no lack of a good story to enjoy.

Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 Remastered (2020)

Activision wanted to celebrate the ten years of the game that turned Call of Duty in the phenomenon that is right now releasing a remastering of the 2009 classic, with a significant improvement in graphics and wondering if the airport mission should be included. In this version, for obvious reasons, we only have the campaign mode since the entire multiplayer part was eliminated. Logically, this decision had a lot to do with the fact that it was the same year that Call of Duty Black Ops Cold Warwhich already brought its own multiplayer ecosystem to feed, not only the community that waits for a new installment every year, but also that eSports leg that Activision has been promoting for some time.

Call of Duty Warzone (2020)

And we come to the last turning point of the franchise. A key moment that is the launch of its own Battle Royale. A completely free game, permanent, which is a service in itself and that coexisted in its launch with Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War. this time war zone It offers us a huge map and games in which a maximum of 150 players face each other to fight until there is only one left.

Yet another success for Activision which, after the launch of Call of Duty Vanguard last year (2021), and which marked the return of World War II to the franchise, could take a break in this 2022 waiting for what its new owners decide to do next year. Remember that we come from a record purchase by Microsoft and that one of the most prolific sagas in the history of video games has to see how it focuses its next few years. Only available for Xbox and PC consoles? Or will it keep its multi-platform spirit?

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