Like the iPhone, a new Call of Duty game comes out every year without fail. In 2023, publisher Activision will be releasing Call of Duty: Modern Warfare III, which will be the final chapter in the rebooted Modern Warfare series that sees Captain Price leading Task Force 141 on yet another globe-trotting adventure.
Naturally, you will have a number of multiplayer modes on the upcoming Call of Duty game; there's also going to be a new Zombies mode that will have you mopping up the undead with the usual over-the-top twist on some of the most popular characters from recent Call of Duty campaigns.
Like previous games in the franchise, Modern Warfare III will cost $70 for the standard edition and possibly $100 for the deluxe edition. But in the near future, you might not have to pay the full price to get in on the action, as Call of Duty games could soon be available through Xbox Game Pass!
Game Pass and Call of Duty will be a potent mix for gamers
Microsoft hasn't said anything officially, but some users have recently seen Game Pass-related messages when browsing through some of the old Call of Duty titles, such as Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, which has got a lot of folks excited.
Microsoft's acquisition of Activision (along with Blizzard and King, developers of popular games like Diablo, Starcraft, and Candy Crush) is expected to close next month, and it will allow Microsoft to bring the world's most popular first person shooter games to Game Pass, making them considerably cheaper for gamers.
Access to Call of Duty games through a Xbox Game Pass subscription will be especially neat for those who don't like paying full price only to play through the campaign, which are usually only five to six hours long on standard difficulty. The Game Pass service will also see a huge boost to its popularity when it gets the Call of Duty franchise, which is a big reason why Microsoft is so eager to acquire Activision.
Unfortunately, it seems that gamers won't get access to the latest Call of Duty games in Game Pass from day one, only those that were released a few years ago (such as Call of Duty: Ghosts, which came out in 2013 and is also one of the lowest-rated games in the series). But considering Activision often sells some titles for full price years after their initial release, their inclusion in Game Pass will still be a win for customers.
It remains to be seen how long it will take Game Pass to get CoD games. Microsoft had earlier said it would not happen before 2025, but the Redmond company may not wait that long considering how serious it is about its gaming subscription and how much cash ($68.7 billion) it is spending to acquire Activision.
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