The Internet's at it again - this time with rumours that two new Call of Duty titles are currently in development for PC, PS2, PS3, Xbox and Xbox 360.

That's according to Joystiq.com, which claims to have word from "a reliable source" that the new titles will be released within just three months of each other.

According to Joystiq, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is being developed by Infinity Ward and will focus on the conflict in the Middle East. You'll fight for the US Army, US Marines and the good old SAS as you take on terrorists who've sworn their allegiance to a Middle Eastern dictator.

Missions will take place all over the globe - you'll be battling it out at sea (the North Atlantic, to be precise), trying to infiltrate terrorist cells in London, and fighting on the streets of Eastern Europe. You'll also get to visit the Middle East as you attempt to stop those pesky terrorists unleashing deadly chemical weapons.

Apparently you'll get to pilot an Army attack helicopter, which comes equipped with rocket powered grenades, before roping down alongside your Marine platoon into the thick of the battle. We're told to expect lots of squad combat and a wide variety of weapons, including silencers, tear gas, grenade launchers, mines, machine guns and flashbangs.

You'll be able to mash up all the environments good and proper, kicking down doors, destroying walls, blowing up bridges and so on. If things get tricky, you can order laser-sight air strikes to give you a hand.

There's no title or developer given for the second CoD title, but Joystiq reckons it's probably in development at Treyarch - the studio behind Big Red One - and will be based around the Normandy Breakout campaign of 1944. Canadian and Polish troops will join French resistance fighters in the battle for freedom, alongside US and UK forces, of course.

You'll be able to do parachute jumps and commando raids alongside the SAS, and drive tanks, jeeps and motorbikes, complete with sidecars. You can also drive a tank while a friend operates the gun in co-op mode.

The game is said to use a new physics engine and battle chatter system that's sensitive to the context you're in. Plus, you'll be able to use button combos for disarming traps, avoiding artillery and sprinting for cover.

All rather exciting, then - but is any of it true? An Activision spokesperson declined to say, simply telling Eurogamer: "We do not comment on matters of rumour or speculation." Looks like we'll just have to wait and see what turns up at E3 then...

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