There have been many Call of Duty titles over the years, and the series shows no signs of slowing down. Since 2005, Activision has been releasing a new entry every year, ranging from World War 2 shooters to a spacefaring sci-fi adventure. Along the way there have also been a couple subseries within the larger Call of Duty franchise that focus on different story arcs, and there needs to be a better way to access some of its older titles.
A Call of Duty game's lifecycle lasts until the next entry is released, and that means it usually lasts about a year before being left to languish in the dust. One of the finest ways to honor them would be to follow Halo: The Master Chief Collection, which gave new life to the entire franchise and served as a love letter to what preceded.
The Call of Duty Subseries Should Be Bundled Together
The Black Ops series is managed by Treyarch, while Infinity Ward is developing games under the Modern Warfare brand. Both have become the focal point of the Call of Duty franchise, with a new one coming out almost every other year.
The Black Ops series has told a loosely connected story about World War 2, the Cold War, the near future, and the distant future. Almost every entry feels completely different from the one before, and has completely changed many of its mechanics. Black Ops 4 was perhaps the most significant departure from the rest of the series since it decided to eliminate the narrative altogether.
The Modern Warfare series brings FPS gameplay to the modern era, starting in 2007 with Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, and is currently being rebooted by Infinity Ward with a reboot series starting in 2019. This series has some of the most famous Call of Duty characters, like Captain Price and Soap, and it has some of the most popular multiplayer maps.
Both of these subseries include some of the most popular Call of Duty games, but right now, the only way to get all of them is to get the Call of Duty franchise bundle that costs over $900 on Steam. Even if players choose to purchase the games individually, there is a significant paywall to experience an entire narrative.
The Master Chief Collection extended the Halo series up to Halo 5: Guardians and bundled it into one easy-to-access package. Each game's narrative was present, and Halo 2 was completely rebuilt. Added to that, the collection includes multiplayer content that includes the individual entries from each game.
The five different games in both the Black Ops and Modern Warfare subseries might be bundled together as a result of the addition of the stories and the multiplayer for each.
Bundles might also be included in other Call of Duty games.
Modern Warfare or Black Ops aren't just bundled games; there are also many standalone titles that deserve the bundle treatment. Sledgehammer Games is not the only studio to develop standalone games, as Infinity Ward is also developing Ghosts and Infinite Warfare. These games aren't part of a larger series, but a Halo-inspired collection could also be a hit.
A few Call of Duty games that haven't received much attention since Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare took the series in a different direction. Three different titles set during World War 2 that started it all, but these games aren't as good as the newer Call of Duty games, so they should be honored with a bundle.
The Master Chief Collection demonstrated that massive multiplayer shooter bundles work, and Call of Duty should follow suit. No one wants to pay more than $900 to experience the franchise as it exists, and it is now time for Activision to deliver.