Blog - February 5, 2024

All Call of Duty games in release order

When it comes to first-person shooters, there’s no more significant video game franchise in the world than the iconic Call of Duty.

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As of June 2022, CoD games have sold more than 425 million copies since the series’ inception in 2003, standing third all-time behind only the Mario and Tetris franchises. That’s especially impressive considering those series began in the 1980s. Financially, the franchise has generated more than $30 billion in revenue.

There have been several spin-offs and re-releases in the FPS franchise, like Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered and Call of Duty: Black Ops: Declassified. But we have compiled a list of the primary games, the mainline series entries, and the ones that have had massive success in the entertainment world, sometimes changing its landscape forever.

Here are all of the Call of Duty games in the order they were released.

2003: Call of Duty

two soldiers firing with one behind the vehicle. It all started here. Image via Activision

Release date: Oct. 29, 2003
Developer: Infinity Ward
Sales: 4.5 million

The first CoD started the series in World War II and featured a story campaign and multiplayer modes. It was first released on PC, Mac, and even the N-Gage handheld device.

2005: Call of Duty 2

One beret wearing soldier with a tank to his left in the desertA favorite for many. Image via Activision

Release date: Oct. 25, 2003
Developer:
Infinity Ward
Sales: 5.9 million

CoD 2 brought the series to consoles for the first time, releasing on Xbox 360 alongside PC and Mac.

2006: Call of Duty 3

soldiers and tanks in a battlefield charging in as it rainsTreyarch’s first. Image via Activision

Release date: Nov. 7, 2006
Developer:
Treyarch
Sales: 7.2 million

CoD 3 was Treyarch’s first foray into the series, keeping the fight in the 1940s, albeit without a PC release. Things were about to change forever.

2007: Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare

first person in-game view of Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare with 4 players and a capture pointThe entry into the mainstream. Image via Activision

Release date: Nov. 6, 2007
Developer: Infinity Ward
Sales: 15.7 million

Call of Duty catapulted into the mainstream with CoD 4 when Infinity Ward brought the fight to the present day. Its excellent campaign and addictive multiplayer formula with the first prestige system which likely changed gaming and FPS titles forever.

2008: Call of Duty: World at War

first person rifle view of Call of Duty: World at WarA return to WWII. Image via Activision

Release date: Nov. 11, 2008
Developer:
Treyarch
Sales: 15.7 million

Treyarch upped its game in 2008 with World at War, introducing the highly successful Nazi Zombies mode to the series for the first time.

2009: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

a soldier with a mohawk in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2Hey Soap. Image via Activision

Release date: Nov. 10, 2009
Developer:
Infinity Ward
Sales: 25.02 million

If CoD 4 was the series’ entry into the mainstream, then MW2 turned the franchise into an entertainment juggernaut. It sold a whopping 25 million copies, which was unheard of then. That number would only grow.

2010: Call of Duty: Black Ops

A soldier in Call of Duty: Black Ops aiming around a corner at two enemy soldiersThe numbers, Mason. Image via Activision

Release date: Nov. 9, 2010
Developer:
Treyarch
Sales: 30.72 million

The success continued in 2010 with the first entry in the classic Black Ops series. The Zombies mode was expanded, and the campaign introduced franchise favorite characters such as Frank Woods and Alex Mason.

2011: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3

first person in-game view of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 firing your automatic weapon with a rocket overheadWorld War. Image via Activision

Release date: Nov. 8, 2011
Developer:
Infinity Ward
Sales: 30.71 million

The finale of the original Modern Warfare trilogy featured yet another epic campaign and addictive multiplayer.

2012: Call of Duty: Black Ops II

firs person in-game view of Call of Duty: Black Ops II while with a team and taking fire on a bridgeThe best esports title? Image via Activision

Release date: Nov. 12, 2012
Developer:
Treyarch
Sales: 31 million

The highest-selling CoD to date is often regarded by many as one of the best in the series thanks to its competitive multiplayer, fun campaign, and further expansion of the Zombies universe.

2013: Call of Duty: Ghosts

first person in-game view of Call of Duty: Ghosts and aiming an automatic weapon.A solid entry. Image via Infinity Ward

Release date: Nov. 5, 2013
Developer:
Infinity Ward, Neversoft, Raven Software
Sales: 28.98 million

The thus far standalone Ghosts title brought a dog named Riley to the fight.

2014: Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

a soldier uses a riot shield as one aims up a staircase at an enemy soldier firing at themJetpacks, welcome. Image via Activision

Release date: Nov. 3, 2014
Developer:
Sledgehammer Games, High Moon Studios
Sales: 21.76 million

The first “jetpack” CoD game turned the focus of the franchise from “boots on the ground” to “flying in the air” for a few years. Exosuits allowed players to boost jump in all directions and jump high in the air, changing the gameplay significantly. It was also Sledgehammer Games’ first work in the series.

2015: Call of Duty: Black Ops III

first person in-game view of Call of Duty: Black Ops III wielding a heavy weapon and joystickSpecialists arrive. Image via Activision

Release date: Nov. 6, 2015
Developer:
Treyarch, Beenox, Mercenary Technology
Sales: 26.72 million

BO3 introduced specialists to the series for the first time. Each character had their own unique set of abilities and personalities.

2016: Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare

a full squad interacting in Call of Duty: Infinite WarfareI’m in space. Image via Activision

Release date: Nov. 4, 2016
Developer:
Infinity Ward, Raven Software, Treyarch, High Moon Studios, Beenox, Vicarious Visions
Sales: 13.6 million

Infinity Ward brought the fight to space in 2016, and many gamers felt the “jetpack” gameplay style was wearing thin. Activision heard the cries, and the next CoD brought the fight back to Earth again.

2017: Call of Duty: WWII

Call of Duty: WWII promo image of two soldiers hunkered down behind cover readying to fireAnother WWII return. Image via Activision

Release date: Nov. 3, 2017
Developer:
Sledgehammer Games, Raven Software
Sales: 19.82 million

WWII returned the franchise to its roots with a grounded campaign and multiplayer experience.

2018: Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 and Blackout

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 in-game first person view aiming at an ATVCoD’s first BR. Image via Activision

Release date: Oct. 12, 2018
Developer:
Treyarch, Raven Software, Beenox
Sales: 14.3 million

CoD’s first foray into battle royale launched alongside BO4. Blackout showed Activision the world’s thirst for the last-man-standing mode, and it began a massive turnaround for the series. This was also the first entry in the series to avoid having a campaign.

2019: Call of Duty: Mobile

Call of Duty: Mobile promo image with helicopters flying in the background and a squad of five members charging into battleYou guys have phones, don’t you? Image via Activision

Release date: Oct. 1, 2019
Developer:
TiMi Studio Group
Sales: 500 million-plus downloads, over $1 billion in revenue

Smartphone gamers everywhere have loved CoD: Mobile and its “greatest hits” theme. The game features modes, maps, characters, and weapons across the franchise.

2019: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare  promo image with two men shooting at each other in a destroyed warzoneA reboot. Image via Activision

Release date: Oct. 25, 2019
Developer:
Infinity Ward, Raven Software, Sledgehammer Games, Beenox, High Moon Studios
Sales: 30 million

Infinity Ward rebooted the MW storyline with some new characters while returning ones like Captain Price and more. The gritty campaign was supplemented by addictive multiplayer, but the big kid on the block was just around the corner.

2020: Call of Duty: Warzone

Call of Duty: Warzone promo image of a man aiming his scoped assault rifleThe big one. Image via Activision

Release date: March 10, 2020
Developer:
Infinity Ward, Raven Software, Treyarch, Sledgehammer Games, Beenox, High Moon Studios, Activision Shanghai, Toys For Bob
Sales: Over 100 million downloads

Warzone shook up the battle royale landscape and gaming everywhere when it was released at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, giving players worldwide an escape into Verdansk with one of the most successful BR games released thus far. It’s become a flagship in the series, with future games tied into it, with live events and constant content updates to follow.

2020: Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War promo image of a man rearing up to shoot his heavy weaponMason and Woods return. Image via Activision

Release date: Nov. 13, 2020
Developer:
Treyarch, Raven Software, Sledgehammer Games, Beenox, High Moon Studios, Activision Shanghai, Demonware
Sales: 30 million

A direct sequel to Black Ops 1, Black Ops Cold War saw the return of characters like Frank Woods, Alex Mason, and Jason Hudson in the 1980s.

2021: Call of Duty: Vanguard

an armed woman aiming her rifle in Call of Duty: VanguardThe third WWII return. Image via Activision

Release date: Nov. 5, 2021
Developer:
Sledgehammer Games, Treyarch, Raven Software, Beenox, High Moon Studios, Activision Shanghai, Demonware
Sales: Unknown, but lower than expected

The franchise returned to World War II once more in 2021. Activision Blizzard has not released the sales numbers for Vanguard, but the company publicly acknowledged that the game did not meet expectations for sales. It attributed this to the WWII setting and a need for more innovation in the premium release.

2022: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 cover imageGhost is back. Image via Activision

Release date: Oct. 28, 2022
Developer: Infinity Ward
Sales: $1 billion within 10 days

MW2 is a direct sequel to the rebooted Modern Warfare from 2019, and it is Infinity Ward’s first main series release since, not including Warzone. The campaign sees the return of Captain John Price, Sergeant Kyle “Gaz” Garrick, Simon “Ghost” Riley, and John “Soap” MacTavish. Infinity Ward also introduced a revamped Gunsmith and AI systems for its co-op mode, Special Ops, and extensive seasonal updates.

2022: Call of Duty: Warzone 2.0 and DMZ

Call of Duty: Warzone 2.0 and MW promo image featuring two armed soldiers in a desertThe open world is yours to explore. Image via Activision

Release date: Nov. 16, 2022
Developers: Infinity Ward, Raven Software, others
Sales: Unknown

The first substantial update in MW2 introduced the new battle royale experience, Warzone 2.0, and the Escape from Tarkov-like extraction mode DMZ. The unique experience added a new map, Al Mazrah, and changes to the Warzone formula.

2023: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare III

Captain Price on MW3 Main Announcement HeaderKeeping it modern. Image via Activision

Release date: Nov. 10, 2023
Developers: Sledgehammer Games, more
Sales: TBD

What comes after two? Three, of course. (Somebody tell Valve.) The second MW3 on this list was announced and confirmed on Aug. 7, 2023, with a Nov. 10, 2023 release. It’s a direct sequel to MW2 and features Task Force 141 against the famous villain from the original game, Vladimir Makarov.

It also contains all of the maps and weapons from MW2 the year prior, making it one of the largest multiplayer offerings in CoD history. Couple that with zombies mode and a new Warzone experience after launch, and MW3 had some of the most robust content offerings in the series.

2024: Call of Duty: Black Ops Gulf War

A Black Ops 2 screenshot featuring drones flying in the air behind a soldier.Back to black. Image via Activision

Release date: Late October, early November 2024 (estimated)
Developers: Treyarch, others
Sales: TBD

While Call of Duty: Black Ops Gulf War has not yet been officially confirmed to be the next official release, there have been numerous reports that suggest Black Ops is returning in 2024 and heading to the Gulf War setting for the first time in the franchise’s history.

The 2024 Call of Duty game will reportedly feature “more traditional military combat technology and familiar Black Ops gadgetry,” the return of round-based Zombies, classic Black Ops maps, and more.