This fall will see the culmination of what has become one of the biggest money-earning entertainment properties in the world: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.
In 2007, the creators of the long-lived Call of Duty video game series broke from the norm of recreating World War II-themed conflicts for gamers to play through and released an adventure set in modern times with modern issues.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare thrust gamers into a series of conflicts set in 2011 fueled by the labyrinthine plotting of an ultra-nationalist Russian leader. Players dropped into various missions to stop the rogue Russian, who used a conflict in the Middle East to divert the world's attention as he attempted to reunify Russia to become the Soviet Union of old.
The game was well-received, earning high review scores, a number of awards and selling more than 13 million copies.
While the sequel, released in 2009, didn't have quite the same number of accolades—and the continuing story became even more convoluted—it sold nearly five million copies in the first day and went on to bring in more than $1 billion in sales.
Last year's Call of Duty: Black Ops, a game created by a different team with an unrelated story line, sold more than seven million copies in the first day and brought in $1 billion in sales ,in record time.
This November, according to sources familiar with the game (and some official teaser trailers rushed out late Friday), Activision plans to launch Modern Warfare 3, a game that will wrap up much of the plot of the Modern Warfare series. In it, according to sources who shared audio, images and the plot of the game with Kotaku, players will be defending New York from a spreading Russian invasion. The game will also feature terrorist attacks in London, more globe-trotting missions and the use of chemical warfare.