All Call Of Duty Games In Release Order
There have been lots of them over the years, but do you know the full list of Call of Duty games in release order? With Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 still a while away, you might be looking to jump back into some of the older titles - but where should you start? In this guide, we will walk you through all of the Call of Duty games in release order.
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Call of Duty: 2003
This was the Call of Duty that kicked it all off. Developed by a young Infinity Ward, this was set in World War II and included both single-player and multiplayer modes. Who'd have thought the legacy it would spawn back then?
Call of Duty 2: 2005
A couple of years later, Call of Duty 2 followed suit. It was also set in World War II, but this time brought the action to consoles for the first time.
Call of Duty 3: 2006
While it was Infinity Ward that developed the first couple of Call of Duty games, Call of Duty 3 was Treyarch's first attempt at a game in the franchise. Yet again, this title was set during World War II, although this would be the last time that Infinity Ward would visit this era.
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Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare: 2007
Now we're getting into the games that players might be more familiar with. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare pulled the series out of its roots in the past and presented a coherent story with Modern Warfare. This is where the multiplayer properly started to pop off, too. It eventually got a remastered version in later years.
Call of Duty: World at War: 2008
While Infinity Ward had moved away from World War II, Treyarch was determined to keep things old school. Advancing the campaign and multiplayer modes, World at War was our first glimpse of the Zombies mode that is now a staple of the series.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2: 2009
A sequel to 2007's Modern Warfare, this title from Infinity Ward continues the story and embellishes the characters established in the first game. It's widely considered to be one of the best titles in the series. If you want to replay it, the campaign was recently remastered, too.
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Call of Duty: Black Ops: 2010
Treyarch finally dragged themselves out of the trenches but didn't quite make the jump to a modern-day setting. Instead, Black Ops is set during the Cold War and follows a covert operation as it attempts to take the Russians. While Zombies were established in World of War, Black Ops was where the mode truly found popularity.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3: 2011
Widely considered to be the least popular of the Modern Warfare series, Modern Warfare 3 closes out this vein of Call of Duty with a somewhat satisfying ending. It was clear at this point that Infinity Ward needed to try something new.
Call of Duty: Black Ops II: 2012
Building on the success of Black Ops, Treyarch followed in the footsteps of Infinity Ward by continuing its own series. Instead of being set solely in the 1980s, Black Ops 2 is split across the near future of 2025 as it follows the descendants of the first game's protagonists.
Call of Duty: Ghosts: 2013
2013 saw the introduction of the Xbox One and PS4, and with that came another new strand of Call of Duty. Sadly, Ghosts wasn't quite what Infinity Ward wanted it to be, although it did bring some neat new ideas to the table. Overall though, it was a little too similar to the Modern Warfare titles for players' liking.
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare: 2014
Advance Warfare saw new blood enter the fray. This was the first title to arrive from Sledgehammer Games as Activision moved to a three-year development cycle for Call of Duty games. This one took us to a much farther future with the first appearance of jetpacks in the series.
Call of Duty: Black Ops III: 2015
Another futuristic Call of Duty title, but this time from Treyarch. Again, we revisited the Black Ops series of games - this time with booster jetpacks. This title was the first to introduce character-based abilities, too.
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare: 2016
Here we are yet again with another futuristic Call of Duty title. Players were starting to get a little tired of the time period at this point, although Infinity Ward brought some neat ideas to the table. Set in space, there were several campaign missions and even multiplayer levels that took place in zero gravity, a mechanic that is yet to return to the Call of Duty series.
Call of Duty: WW2: 2017
Turning back the clocks, Call of Duty WW2 took things back to the series' roots with Sledgehammer Games at the helm. There was a big focus on recapturing that classic Call of Duty multiplayer feel with much of the level design, which was refreshing to see.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4: 2018
Treyarch really didn't get the message when it came to turning back the clocks on the futuristic shooters, huh? Black Ops 4 came across as a pared-back iteration of Black Ops 3: the jetpacks were gone, but the character-based abilities were here to stay.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare: 2019
2019 was a huge year for Call of Duty with Infinity Ward essentially rebooting the series wholesale. With a brand new game engine at their disposal, Modern Warfare revisited fan favourite characters and put the series back on the map. It was also the game where Warzone was introduced, which has since become the free-to-play staple of the series.
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War: 2020
Following in the footsteps of Modern Warfare, the Black Ops series was the next title to receive the reboot treatment. It also wiped the slate clean in the Black Ops universe, revisiting old characters and exploring an entirely new world and story with them. Warzone also saw an overhaul to match up with the release of Cold War.
Call of Duty: Vanguard: 2021
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Sledgehammer returned to the World War II era once again with Vanguard, yet another game on the revamped Call of Duty engine from Infinity Ward. While this was the first new strand of Call of Duty for a while, it wasn't received too well by fans. The Pacific-themed Warzone map wasn't too popular with players, either.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2: 2022
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is the latest game set to release in the Call of Duty series. It continues the rebooted version of Modern Warfare from 2019, further expanding on the established characters of Captain Price, Gaz, Ghost, and Soap. It's set to release on October 26th 2022, with a new Warzone title also set to release shortly after.
That's all of the Call of Duty games in release order. For more Call of Duty guides, be sure to keep reading GGRecon.