Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 received its long-awaited Revolution Map Pack over a week ago, and even Treyarch is still hard at work on additional content for its latest Call of Duty title, that doesn’t mean Activision isn’t planning for the next game in the series.

Just as we should expect the sun to rise and set every day, we should also expect a new Call of Duty game to be released with nearly as much frequency. And that’s exactly what Activision announced recently during its post-earnings call.

The news of a new Call of Duty game came from Activision’s CEO Eric Hirshberg:

“The Call of Duty franchise continues to set the bar for innovation and we expect the new Call of Duty game in development for 2013 to raise that bar even higher.”

Activision CFO Dennis Durkin also chimed in during the post-earnings call:

“There is increased volatility this year due to the ongoing console transition, which makes predicting the future more challenging than during normal years in the cycle. For Call of Duty, consistent with our past practices, we are planning for the mainline release in Q4 to be down versus 2012.”

It’s interesting Activision is already planning for this year’s Call of Duty game to not sell as well as Black Ops 2 due to the upcoming next generation of consoles. We’re not sure if the reason for this will be due to potential next generation customers purchasing their new consoles without a last-generation version of Call of Duty, or if a next-generation Call of Duty will be available with Activision not expecting amazing sales due to the uncertainty of next generation console sales numbers. Either way, the end of 2013 is going to be an interesting time for gamers.

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