Over 10 years may have passed since the release of Call of Duty Black Ops 1, 2, and Modern Warfare 3, but these three classic shooters have recently experienced a significant surge in player numbers. According to numerous Call of Duty enthusiasts on Twitter, Activision has resurrected the servers for these titles, leading to a massive return of fans to the games. The Twitter user Idle Sloth highlighted that Black Ops 1 witnessed the most substantial influx, with a reported peak of 123,952 online players at one time.
The attention is not solely focused on Black Ops 1, though. As per the same Twitter user, Black Ops 2 attracted around 11,514 players, while Modern Warfare 3 saw approximately 79,619 players. Various players are sharing different figures, but the one common thread is the overwhelming excitement of Call of Duty fans eager to revisit the games they grew up playing.
The reasons behind Activision and the various developers of the Call of Duty games reactivating the servers remain somewhat unclear. One speculation is that it could be related to the Federal Trade Commission’s failed attempt to block the merger, which has allowed Microsoft to potentially acquire Activision in the US. Fans are optimistic that this development might pave the way for numerous classic Call of Duty titles to be included in Xbox Game Pass, thus necessitating the revival of their servers.
On the other hand, there is news of a new Call of Duty game slated for release before the end of 2023. During the FTC and Microsoft hearing, a federal judge leaked information indicating that the next installment of Activision’s first-person shooter series can be expected in early November. Interestingly, this aligns with what Geoff Keighley, the host of Summer Games Fest, previously mentioned a couple of months ago when he announced that we would be receiving a new Call of Duty game “this Fall.”
In case you missed it, Sony and Microsoft have entered into a “binding agreement” to ensure that Call of Duty remains available on PlayStation consoles for at least the next 10 years.
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