Call of Duty MMO on the horizon?

Last year, publisher Activision successfully evolved the First Person Shooter (FPS) genre in terms of gameplay with their release of the critically acclaimed Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. Beyond graphics, COD4 took online multiplayer for the FPS genre and shook it to newer heights.

Indeed, before its release in November 2007, many people believed that the Xbox 360 title, Halo 3, was the progressive multiplayer FPS. Aside from a sure Call of Duty 5 and possible Call of Duty 6, what else does Activision have under their sleeves with the franchise?

While speaking at a Morgan Stanley Technology Conference in California, Activision CEO Bobby Kotick revealed some startling information that is surely going to come as a pleasant surprise. At the conference, Kotick revealed that the company is looking into the possibility of bringing the Call of Duty franchise into the Massively Multiplayer Online game (MMO) market:

"When you think about other properties that we own and control like Call of Duty, and what would be the natural evolution of a property like Call of Duty into a massively multiplayer environment”, said Kotick.

Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.

What we think:

Just how astonished would current COD fans be and how electric would newcomers be to the series if it indeed went the MMO route? Imagine 60+ player online battles throughout large and detailed maps with vehicle support such as helicopters, tanks, and jeeps?

Then take into consideration the individual character customization such as height, weight, and facial features. Also territorial factions such as Middle East, United States, UK, and Russian in which we can choose from and play as. The possibilities are endless, and Activision would surely be sitting on a gold mine if they did indeed decide to go this route. It should be interesting to see how this news turns out.