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What Is The Correct Order Of All Call of Duty Games | Complete List!

What Is The Correct Order Of All Call of Duty Games | Complete List!
Written by: Shizza
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04/02/2023

Call of Duty is one of the biggest game franchises to ever exist in the world of gaming. Ever since the arrival of the series back in the early 2000s, it has gone on to become one of the most popular and best-selling franchises of all time, releasing tons of classic FPS titles along the way.

 

Nevertheless, with so many Call of Duty games out on the market, it can be a challenge to know which one was released first and which is the most recent. Keeping this in mind, we have compiled a list of all the Call of Duty games in order of release, starting from the very first installment to the latest one.

 

 

How Many Call Of Duty Games Are There?

 

Before knowing about all the Call of Duty games in order, it is necessary for players to know the number of Call of Duty games there actually are. As of right now, there are 21 mainline Call of Duty games, including Warzone and Warzone 2.0.

 

The latest additions to the Call of Duty franchise were of Modern Warfare 2 and Warzone 2, both of which were released in the latter half of 2022.

 

 

Call Of Duty (2003)

 

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  • Release date: October 29, 2003
  • Developer: Infinity Ward
  • Sales: 4.5 million
  • Platforms: PC, Mac, N-Gage

 

As a direct competitor to Medal of Honor games, Call of Duty launched in 2003 as an iconic FPS series that kicked off the series. However, Call of Duty quickly stole the show owing to its one-of-a-kind WWII campaign, which showed the conflict from American, British, and Soviet point-of-views, as well as its multiplayer component.

 

Even though the game might seem and feel pretty basic now, this was the first sign of what was going to come later down the line.

 

 

Call of Duty 2 (2005)

 

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  • Release date: October 25, 2003
  • Developer: Infinity Ward
  • Sales: 5.9 million
  • Platforms: Xbox 360, PC, Mac

 

Call of Duty 2 stuck to the time of World War II and marked the first time that the series appeared on consoles. The game was greatly praised for its incredible graphics and four distinct campaigns.

 

Moreover, Call of Duty 2 also witnessed the debut of several new features that have become standard in the first-person shooter genre in the years since, including regenerating health and a marker on the HUD to inform players when a grenade lands nearby.

 

 

Call Of Duty 3 (2006)

 

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  • Release date: November 7, 2006
  • Developer: Treyarch
  • Sales: 7.2 million
  • Platforms: PS2, PS3, Xbox, Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii, PC

 

In this specific Call of Duty title, players are introduced to Treyarch into the fold for the very first time. The developed Call of Duty 3 since the series moved into the yearly release schedule that players have become used to.

 

With the release of Call of Duty 3, multiplayer was starting to play a more significant and important role, even though it is difficult to imagine anyone could predict what would happen next.

 

 

Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare (2007)

 

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  • Release date: November 6, 2007
  • Developer: Infinity Ward
  • Sales: 15.7 million
  • Platforms: PS3, Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii, PC

 

After an entire year away, it would not be exaggerating if we claim that Infinity Ward gave the FPS genre a new level when it released Call of Duty 4, placing CoD in a league that no other game could even try to touch.

 

The game’s stellar present-day campaign was thrilling and featured characters and moments that are still ingrained within the memory of many players. Moreover, its campaign also figured out a formula that would change the industry forever.

 

Call of Duty 4 continues to be considered one of the best games to ever be made, and you will receive no argument from us in that regard.

 

 

Call of Duty: World at War (2008)

 

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  • Release date: November 11, 2008
  • Developer: Treyarch
  • Sales: 15.7 million
  • Platforms: PS3, Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii, DS, PC

 

The next Call of Duty game, according to the order, is World at War. In this game, players saw Treyarch take the series back to WWII, but this time with the progression and perks system introduced by Infinity Ward a year before.

 

World at War was also the first Call of Duty title to introduce Nazi Zombies into the game, a mode that became immensely popular and successful as the years passed by. The game also began the trend of each game launching with three modes; campaign, multiplayer, and a co-op element.

 

 

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2009)

 

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  • Release date: November 10, 2009
  • Developer: Infinity Ward
  • Sales: 25.02 million
  • Platforms: PS3, Xbox 360, PC

 

If Call of Duty 4 hit on a formula, then many would argue that it was perfect by the release of Modern Warfare 2. The follow-up doubled down on everything the original got right.

 

The game delivered an extraordinary story as well as instantly classic maps such as Favela, Rust, and Highrise. Even after 13 years, Modern Warfare 2 is still regarded as the best game in the series, according to countless fans.

 

 

Call of Duty: Black Ops (2010)

 

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  • Release date: November 9, 2010
  • Developer: Treyarch
  • Sales: 30.72 million
  • Platforms: PS3, Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii, DS, PC

 

In 2010, Treyarch tread on new ground with the first game in the now beloved Black Ops titles, expanding on the Zombies idea and slowly shifting to the Cold War setting.

 

Its catchy, unique campaign is still one of the most memorable ones that Call of Duty has to offer. It has paved the way for the only sub-series that can go up against Modern Warfare when it comes to popularity.

 

 

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (2011)

 

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  • Release date: November 8, 2011
  • Developer: Infinity Ward
  • Sales: 30.71 million
  • Platforms: PS3, Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii, PC

 

With this game, Infinity Ward rounded out the original Modern Warfare trilogy and offered players yet another exceptional campaign. The developers concluded the event started by Call of Duty 4 in a satisfying and dramatic way.

 

Even though its multiplayer does not often get the props it deserves, it still has a collection of amazing guns and diverse maps that any other series would be jealous of.

 

 

Call of Duty: Black Ops II (2012)

 

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  • Release date: November 12, 2012
  • Developer: Treyarch
  • Sales: 31 million
  • Platforms: PS3, Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii U, PC

 

Up next on our list of Call of Duty games in chronological order, we have a game that still holds the title of the best-selling entry in the series to date. Black Ops 2 features a branching campaign filled with twists and turns.

 

It also features addictive online multiplayer, including the Pick 10 system that changed class building forever. It comes as no surprise to anyone that Black Ops 2 is regarded as one of the best Call of Duty titles out there.

 

 

Call of Duty: Ghosts (2013)

 

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  • Release date: November 5, 2013
  • Developer: Infinity Ward, Neversoft, Raven Software
  • Sales: 28.98 million
  • Platforms: PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Nintendo Wii U, PC

 

It might be weird to call a game that managed to ship almost 30 million units a flop. However, that is exactly how Call of Duty: Ghosts is seen even after a decade of the game’s release.

 

Probably because of its unfortunate release between console generations, Ghosts has been largely forgotten by the community, and fans are still eagerly waiting for closure on that specific ending.

 

 

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (2014)

 

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  • Release date: November 3, 2014
  • Developer: Sledgehammer Games, High Moon Studios
  • Sales: 21.76 million
  • Platforms: PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PC

 

At last, we have arrived at the first “jetpack” game in the Call of Duty franchise. As Sledgehammer took the reigns on his debut entry, the controversial feature looked forward to placing more emphasis on movement since the franchise moved in a more futuristic direction.

 

Advanced Warfare is not a bad entry on the list by any means, and the game did kickstart a trend that would be improved upon in later years. Nevertheless, it never came close to the love and adoration that some of the older games received in the past.

 

 

Call of Duty: Black Ops III (2015)

 

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  • Release date: November 6, 2015
  • Developer: Treyarch, Beenox, Mercenary Technology
  • Sales: 26.72 million
  • Platforms: PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PC

 

Out of all the more futuristic Call of Duty titles to release so far, Black Ops 3 is the one that many fans would point to as the highlight. The ability to use thruster boosts game multiplayer an extra degree of verticality that players seemed to really respond to.

 

The game also saw the release of customizable Specialists with unique, offering a wide variety, crucial in franchises with yearly release schedules.

 

 

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare (2016)

 

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  • Release date: November 4, 2016
  • Developer: Infinity Ward, Raven Software, Treyarch, High Moon Studios, Beenox, Vicarious Visions
  • Sales: 13.6 million
  • Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC

 

Infinity Warfare took quite a lot of criticism from the fans when it was released in 2016, and even the inclusion of Modern Warfare Remastered was not enough to lift its sales.

 

After the third final entry in the jetpack era of Call of Duty took us into the stars, players started to become tired of the more and more outlandish settings and gameplay. They were begging for the next game to go back to basics and return to the way it was.

 

 

Call of Duty: WWII (2017)

 

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  • Release date: November 3, 2017
  • Developer: Sledgehammer Games, Raven Software
  • Sales: 19.82 million
  • Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC

 

With the release of WWII in 2017, the developer Sledgehammer Games finally answered the wishes of players for a “boots on the ground” game. This game takes players all the way back to where it all started, i.e., World War II.

 

This was definitely music to the ears of fans, but even the new War multiplayer mode could not help Call of Duty WWII challenge the likes of World at War.

 

 

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 (2018)

 

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  • Release date: October 12, 2018
  • Developer: Treyarch, Raven Software, Beenox
  • Sales: 14.3 million
  • Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC

 

Black Ops 4 was an interesting title for the Call of Duty franchise, partly because it was the first time that a single-player campaign was not included and because it saw Activision begin its journey into the battle royale genre.

 

Even though Blackout did not become the rival to PUBG or Fortnite that the developers hoped for, it did, however, lay the foundation for future success and is still remembered fondly by most of the Call of Duty community.

 

 

Call of Duty Mobile (2019)

 

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  • Release date: October 1, 2019
  • Developer: TiMi Studio Group
  • Downloads: 500 million+
  • Revenue: $1 billion+

 

By 2019, the publishers were starting to realize that there is much profit in a quality free-to-play mobile title. After more than 15 years' worth of modes, guns, and maps to draw from, Call of Duty Mobile remains a very popular game on Android as well as iPhone and is still going strong even in 2023.

 

 

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (2019)

 

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  • Release date: October 25, 2019
  • Developer: Infinity Ward, Raven Software, Sledgehammer Games, Beenox, High Moon Studios
  • Sales: 30 million
  • Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC

 

After struggling for a few years with lower sales, Infinity Ward looked to breathe new and fresh life into the series by rebooting the iconic Modern Warfare games.

 

The likes of Gaz, Captain Price, and Soap MacTavish all made their return in a darker campaign that mainly focused on the harrowing side of war. On the other hand, its multiplayer was seen as a return to form.

 

 

Call of Duty: Warzone (2020)

 

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  • Release date: March 10, 2020
  • Developer: Infinity Ward, Raven Software, Treyarch, Sledgehammer Games, Beenox, High Moon Studios, Activision Shanghai, Toys For Bob
  • Downloads: 100 million+
  • Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC

 

If 2018’s Blackout became slightly popular, then Warzone blew the charts for the Call of Duty franchise and dived into the battle royale genre, and took it several levels higher. It merged the very best elements of the genre with the Call of Duty gunplay that players needed.

 

Two years and more than 100 million downloads later, you can argue that no other game has changed Call of Duty as drastically since Modern Warfare in 2007.

 

 

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War (2020)

 

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  • Release date: November 13, 2020
  • Developer: Treyarch, Raven Software, Sledgehammer Games, Beenox, High Moon Studios, Activision Shanghai, Demonware
  • Sales: 30 million
  • Platforms: PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PC

 

Treyarch took the fans back to the past one more time in 2020 after going for a 1980’s setting in Black Ops Cold War. As a sequel to the OG Black Ops, some of the most beloved and favorite characters, such as Frank Woods and Alex Mason, returned to the game.

 

On the other hand, the game’s multiplayer was an exciting ride with very few things that players had not seen in the previous titles. Eventually, in a year where Warzone dominated, Black Ops Cold War managed to receive incredible sales and was liked by the majority of the fans upon release.

 

 

Call of Duty: Vanguard (2021)

 

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  • Release date: November 5, 2021
  • Developer: Sledgehammer Games, Treyarch, Raven Software, Beenox, High Moon Studios, Activision Shanghai, Demonware
  • Sales: 30 million copies
  • Platforms: PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PC

 

Call of Duty Vanguard took the series all the way back to WWII once again, but it, unfortunately, could not live up to the fans’ expectations. Although the signature Call of Duty gameplay was definitely present, Vanguard still fell flat owing to a lack of innovation and a number of frustrating bugs at launch.

 

Activision has already mentioned that the game did not sell as well as they had hoped at first, and attention quickly shifted to 2022’s Modern Warfare 2 to turn things around.

 

 

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2022)

 

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  • Release date: October 28, 2022
  • Developer: Infinity Ward, Raven Software, Beenox, Treyarch, High Moon Studios, Sledgehammer Games, Activision Shanghai, Demonware, Toys for Bob
  • Sales: TBC
  • Platforms: PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PC

 

Modern Warfare 2 is the most recent installment from the Call of Duty franchise, and it quickly became a hit among players. Sales have hit a record high of more than $800 million all around the world following the first three days from its release.

 

It has become the most successful Call of Duty launch of all time. The game is at the top of the gaming charts and continues to be a huge success, in spite of having a few bugs and removing famous maps.

 

 

Call of Duty: Warzone 2.0 (2022)

 

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  • Release date: November 16, 2022
  • Developer: Infinity Ward, Raven Software, Beenox, Treyarch, High Moon Studios, Sledgehammer Games, Activision Shanghai, Toys for Bob
  • Platforms: PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PC

 

While keeping the original battle royale experience intact, Warzone 2.0 is different from what players were accustomed to in the original game. With an enhanced looting system, new modes of travel, and new weapons, Warzone 2 is set to stay and create a legacy of its own.

 

These are all the Call of Duty games in order of their release, and hopefully, you enjoyed the journey we took you on through the series’ long history.

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