Eurogamer has heard from multiple sources that the new Call of Duty game, thought to be Modern Warfare 3, will launch on 8th November 2011.
An internal Tesco database refers to the new Call of Duty game as Call of Duty: Project Collossus [sic].
The 8th November date is the Tuesday before The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is released. Call of Duty: Black Ops was released on Tuesday, 9th November 2010, and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 was released on Tuesday, 10th November 2009. World at War (14th November 2008) and Modern Warfare (9th November 2007) were both released on a Friday.
The news drops hours before Activision Blizzard announces its financial results for January, February and March 2011. A company conference call starts at 9.30pm UK time.
Activision and Tesco were both unavailable for comment.
This autumn's Call of Duty game still hasn't been announced. Reports suggest that this - Infinity Ward's first game since studio heads Jason West and Vincent Zampella were marched off the premises (taking a wedge of staff with them) - will be a prequel to the first Modern Warfare game. Will Sledgehammer Games - the studio set up by former Visceral heads Glen Schofield and Michael Condry - help? Will Singularity developer Raven Software also lend a hand?