Call of Duty (often abbreviated as COD ) is a series of video games in the first person. The series began on the PC, later expanding to various types of consoles. Several spin-off games were also released. Early titles are set in World War II, including Call of Duty, Call of Duty 2 and Call of Duty 3. Beginning in Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, which unfolds in modern times, the series took its focus off World War II. Modern Warfare (2007) was followed by Call of Duty: World at War and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. Black Ops (2010) takes place in the Cold War, while Modern Warfare 3 (2011) takes place in the near future. Black Ops II (2012) takes place essentially in the year 2025. Call of Duty: Ghosts was released in 2013. In May 2014 Advanced Warfare was announced and released in November of that year. In April 2015, Treyarch unveiled Black Ops III, released in November 2015. In November 2016 released Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare. In November 2017 released Call of Duty: WWII, which marks the return of the World War II-themed series. In March 2018, Treyarch announced Call of Duty: Black Ops IV, which was released on October 12, 2018. In October 2019 was called Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.
Call of Duty games are published and owned by Activision. While Infinity Ward studio is still the main producer, Treyarch has also produced some titles where the story is intertwined between them. Some games have already been produced by Gray Matter Interactive, Nokia, Exakt Entertainment, Spark Unlimited, Amaze Entertainment, n-Space, Aspyr, Rebellion Developments, Ideaworks Game Studio, Sledgehammer Games and nStigate Games. The games use several engines including id Tech 3, Treyarch NGL and IW 5.0.
By January 2016, over 250 million copies of Call of Duty games had been sold. In particular, Call of Duty: Black Ops is the bestselling game in the series, with a total of 30.5 million copies sold. According to Activision, sales of Call of Duty games have already exceeded $ 15 billion.
Other products in the series include figures created by Plan-B Toys, an Upper Deck Company card game, Mega Bloks by Mega Brands, and a comic mini-series published by WildStorm Productions. In November 2015 Activision Blizzard announced a new division, Activision Blizzard Studios, focused on the creation of original films and television series including “a Call of Duty movie series with the possibility of television adaptations.” In 2014, Guinness World Records considered Call of Duty the best game series ever, ahead of popular ones such as Grand Theft Auto, Pokémon, Halo., Super Mario Bros. e The Elder Scrolls.