New Call of Duty confirmed for 2012

Activision big cheese Bobby Kotick has, rather unsurprisingly, confirmed that a new Call of Duty title will be released in 2012.

The news comes via a financial report for the three months ending September 30, where the publishing giant reported a substantial rise in profits for the quarter – up from $51 million to $148 million.

Net sales clocked in at a mammoth $754 million, resulting in a climb from last year’s $745 million.

Said Kotick: We continue to strengthen our position as the worldwide leader in interactive entertainment and the broadening of our audiences is confirmation that games are becoming as important as film and television as a mass-market form of entertainment.

"Our record nine-month results were driven the by the continued strength of our online-enabled franchises. Based on our third-quarter performance, stronger than expected consumer response to our new entertainment property, Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventures, and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, we are raising our full-year financial outlook and expect once again to deliver record operating margins and the highest earnings per share in our company’s history."

"As we focus on 2012, we have a strong product pipeline which features a minimum of two highly-anticipated new titles from Blizzard Entertainment, including Diablo III, and a new Call of Duty game from Activision Publishing. As a result, we expect to deliver another year of profitable growth. I believe our unyielding commitment to excellence and our creative talent around the globe will continue to position Activision Blizzard as the leader in interactive entertainment."

The latest entry in the Call of Duty franchise, Modern Warfare 3, hit stores worldwide yesterday. Check out our review here.