Activision has revealed that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, the new game from the Infinity Ward side of the Call of Duty coin, is scheduled to come out in time for Christmas 2009.
Modern Warfare 2 is being developed by Infinity Ward, the team behind the huge 2007 hit Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, and will apparently be a direct sequel to that title. Activision Chief Financial Officer Thomas Tippl told the annual Wedbush Morgan Securities meeting that the game is "looking incredible" and will be out in time for the holiday season.
"Last year we had probably beaten most expert expectations by growing the Call of Duty franchise over the tremendous success that was the first iteration of Modern Warfare," he said. "For 2009, Modern Warfare is coming back, we expect it will be the most anticipated game of the year. Perhaps the number one game of the year despite the fact that it's only going to launch in the holiday season."
"There is no doubt in my mind that it will again raise the bar for the shooter genre," he continued. "The game is looking incredible and Infinity Ward, the studio that is developing it, is just doing an unbelievable job."
He added that despite being criticized for switching the franchise between Infinity Ward and Treyarch, which has developed titles in the series including last year's Call of Duty: World at War, the company's strategy of "leap-frogging" is working out quite well, helping Activision draw in better-than-expected profits in its fourth quarter despite the state of the economy.