"Call of Duty" order: All parts of the main series at a glance

"Call of Duty" order: All parts of the main series at a glance

The Call of Duty series dates back to 2003 and has spawned more than 40 titles to date. A remarkable achievement, but one that also makes the series confusing. Here you will find all games with the most important information in the correct order.

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The Call of Duty franchise isn't just for PC and consoles – some spin-offs have also appeared for Nintendo DS, Blackberry and even Nokia's legendary N-Gage. Since 2003, three studios have been developing new parts of the series in turn, the order of which is not so easy to understand thanks to their different names. The current title "Call of Duty: Vanguard" takes you to the battlefields of the Second World War. All other titles of the main series can be found here in their chronological order.

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1. Call of Duty (2003)

With "Call of Duty" in 2003, Infinity Ward created the basis for the series that is so successful today. The story of the game takes place in World War II. In a total of three campaigns and 24 missions you fight as an American, British and Russian soldier against the German army.

  • Developer: Infinity Ward
  • Zombie mode: no
  • Special features:
    • Shellshock – detonating hand grenades simulate tinnitus in the player, blurring vision and reducing movement speed

2. "Call of Duty 2" (2005)

"Call of Duty 2" is also set in World War II and includes a total of four individual campaigns that tell three stories. The missions take place in Stalingrad, North Africa and Normandy, among other places, and end with a grand finale in which American soldiers attempt to cross the Rhine.

  • Developer: Infinity Ward
  • Zombie mode: no
  • Multiplayer Features:
    • up to 64 players per game

3. "Call of Duty 3" (2006)

A year later, the next successor, "Call of Duty 3", was released – not by Inifinity Ward, but by Treyarch. From this point on, both studios worked in parallel on new "Call of Duty" parts in order to guarantee a one-year release cycle. In contrast to the other two games, there is only one big campaign in the third part, which is based on the battle "Cauldron of Falaise" from the Second World War.

  • Developer: Treyarch
  • Zombie mode: no
  • Multiplayer Features:
    • Fixed character classes with specific weapons and abilities
    • Kills and the use of special abilities grant experience, which improves the player's abilities and grants additional equipment

4. "Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare" (2007)

"Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare" is the first part of the series to be set in the modern age. In contrast to the previous parts, the storytelling here does not take place via different campaigns, but is more reminiscent of cinema films with several storylines. Locations include the Middle East, Russia and Ukraine.

  • Developer: Infinity Ward
  • Zombie mode: no
  • Multiplayer Features:
    • Five fixed character classes & customizable character classes
    • Perks: Special abilities that allow the player to customize the character to suit their playstyle
    • Introduced a rank system that can be reset when reaching the maximum rank and restarted in prestige mode

5. "Call of Duty: World at War" (2008)

Call of Duty: World at War campaigns specifically focus on the Pacific Rim and the Eastern Front of World War II. The game features a US and Soviet campaign that can be played either solo or in co-op. Additionally, World at War is the first Call of Duty to feature a zombie mode, which should become a fan favorite over time.

  • Developer: Treyarch
  • Zombie mode: yes
  • Multiplayer Features:
    • Mobile tanks
    • Modifiable classes upon reaching Prestige rank

6. "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2" (2009)

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is the direct sequel to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and the story takes place five years after the events of its predecessor. Again, the fight against terror is in the foreground. Battlefields are Russia, the USA, Brazil and Afghanistan.

  • Developer: Infinity Ward
  • Zombie mode: no
  • Multiplayer Features:
    • Host migration: When leaving the host, the game is paused and continued after choosing a new host
    • Deathstreaks: Players also get rewards for consecutive deaths to make it easier for them to get back into the game
    • Perk Pro Upgrades: Once unlocked, upgrade the standard version of the perk

7. "Call of Duty: Black Ops" (2010)

"Call of Duty: Black Ops" is set in the Cold War era. The story is told through flashbacks of a US soldier being interrogated by a stranger. The questions during the interrogation are the triggers for the different missions. Locations are Cuba, the USA, Mexico, Vietnam and the Soviet Union.

  • Developer: Treyarch
  • Zombie mode: yes
  • Multiplayer Features:
    • CoDPoints: Activation of weapons and perks is based on points instead of rank.
    • Introduction of a player card: Clearly lists the player's statistics
    • Introducing the Theater: tool to watch replays from different perspectives

8. "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3" (2011)

In "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3" the story about the terrorist Makarov finds its spectacular conclusion. As usual for the "Modern Warfare" series, the missions play across the globe. Battles will be fought in India, USA, UK, Germany and Russia, among others.

  • Developer: Infinity Ward
  • Zombie mode: no
  • Multiplayer Features:
    • Individual ranking system for weapons
    • Replacing killstreaks with strikechains: rewards are received in a fixed order.
    • New game modes: Kill Confirmed, Team Defender

9. "Call of Duty: Black Ops 2" (2012)

In "Call of Duty: Black Ops 2" there are two different storylines, both of which are based on the story of the first part. One storyline is set in the 1980s and the other in 2025. New to the campaign are different endings based on choices made in-game.

  • Developer: Treyarch
  • Zombie mode: yes
  • Multiplayer Features:
    • Replacing classes with a pick-10 system: Players receive 10 points that they can distribute freely among weapons, attachments, perks and equipment

10. "Call of Duty: Ghosts" (2013)

In the campaign of "Call of Duty: Ghosts" the player is part of a special unit called Ghosts. Large parts of the USA were destroyed in an attack by the hacked Odin satellite from orbit. A world first in the "Call of Duty" series: This time you can also slip into the role of the German Shepherd Riley.

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  • Developer: Infinity Ward
  • Zombie mode: yes (extinction with aliens)
  • Multiplayer Features:
    • Possibility to customize the game character
    • Dynamic Maps
    • New movement options such as sliding and leaning
    • New game modes: Squads, Extinction
    • Switching from perks to the 11-point system

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11. "Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare" (2014)

"Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare" was the first time the developers from Studio Sledgehammer Games were at work, who were involved in the development cycle of the "Call of Duty" series from that point on. The game is thematically set in the near future. Soldiers are aided in combat by exoskeletons and have access to advanced technologies. In the story campaign, terrorists must be fought who are carrying out attacks on nuclear reactors worldwide.

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  • Developer: Sledgehammer Games
  • Zombie mode: yes
  • Multiplayer Features:
    • 13 point system (with scorestreaks)
    • Supply Drops: Players are rewarded with random weapons or perks after completing certain tasks

12. "Call of Duty: Black Ops 3" (2015)

"Call of Duty: Black Ops 3" follows the events of "Black Ops 2" and is set between the years 2065 and 2070. What's new is that the campaign supports co-op with up to four players and players get free direct access to all missions, which they can play in any order without consequences.

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  • Developer: Treyarch
  • Zombie mode: yes
  • Multiplayer Features:
    • New movement options such as wall run, power slide, boost jump
    • Introducing Specialists: Characters who can use a particularly powerful weapon or special ability

13. "Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare" (2016)

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare takes place in a future where Earth's resources are almost depleted. With the colonization of space, the United Nations Space Alliance was formed to oversee space travel and trading. Their opponent is the Settlement Defense Front, a fascist military state whose supporters believe they are the true heirs of the solar system. The battles take place on different planets and in their orbits.

  • Developer: Infinity Ward
  • Zombie mode: yes
  • Multiplayer Features:
    • Replacement of the classes with Combat Rigs, which are similar to the specialists from "CoD: BO3".
    • Introduction of a crafting system for weapons: Players can unlock prototypes in four different levels for each weapon, which have their own perks

14. "Call of Duty: WW2" (2017)

With Call of Duty: WW2, the series returned to its roots in World War II. The missions play mainly in Germany and France. The story is about the reconquest of Europe by the Allies. The player slips into the role of a US soldier who, together with his squad, takes part in the liberation of France.

  • Developer: Sledgehammer Games
  • Zombie mode: yes
  • Multiplayer Features:
    • Introducing Headquarters: Social place where players can complete special assignments, try out weapons and scorestreaks
    • Introduction of Divisions: When first starting multiplayer, the player must choose one of five divisions, which differ in weapons and equipment

15. "Call of Duty: Black Ops 4" (2018)

For the first time in the history of the franchise, "Call of Duty: Black Ops 4" did not include a traditional single-player campaign and only relied on multiplayer, a zombie mode and the new Battle Royale mode "Blackout".

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  • Developer: Treyarch
  • Zombie mode: yes
  • Multiplayer Features:
    • More customization options with the Pick 10 system in combination with a new gear category
    • Health regeneration replaced with medipack

16. "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare" (2019)

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is a reboot of the Modern Warfare series. But that doesn't mean that Infinity Ward has given up on old friends: Captain Price and some of his comrades are back at the party. In addition to a bombastic single-player campaign, the part also offers some exciting new multiplayer features.

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  • Developer: Infinity Ward
  • Zombie mode: no
  • Multiplayer Features:
    • Crossplay between PS4, Xbox One and PC
    • Replaced prestige system with officer ranks
    • New multiplayer modes Gunfight (2v2) and Ground War (32v32)

17. "Call of Duty: Warzone" (2020)

The Battle Royale hype didn't go past the "Call of Duty" series either. In 2020, "Call of Duty: Warzone" was released as an independent offshoot of the popular free-for-all mode. "Warzone" is free and financed exclusively through in-game purchases. The different seasons are often closely linked to the themes of the main games.

  • Developer: Infinity Ward/Raven Software
  • Zombie mode: yes, depending on the season
  • Multiplayer Features:
    • Map is constantly evolving
    • Weapons from the main games are integrated into the game
    • up to 150 players per match

18. "Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War" (2020)

The "Black Ops" strand of the "CoD" universe goes on a journey through time: "Black Ops Cold War" is a direct sequel to the first "Black Ops" and brings back popular agents. The setting this time is the 1980s and the Cold War. Accordingly, the campaign is all about conspiracies, sabotage and espionage.

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  • Developer: Treyarch/Raven Software
  • Zombie mode: yes
  • Multiplayer Features:
    • Crossplay between PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S and PC
    • shared progress with "Warzone"
    • Ping system for marking locations and enemies

19. Call of Duty: Vanguard (2021)

"Call of Duty: Vanguard" takes you back to World War II. In a campaign that focuses on the creation of special forces, you will experience exciting battles on the eastern and western fronts of Europe as well as the battles in the Pacific and North Africa.

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  • Developer: Sledgehammer Games
  • Zombie mode: yes
  • Multiplayer Features:
    • More ways to interact with the environment (prop up weapons, door interactions, takedown, blind fire)
    • Partially destructible environment

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