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More evidence of three new CODs

Analyst makes strong distinction.

Analysts have given us more reason to believe suspicions that yesterday's Call of Duty reshuffle announcement was heralding three new games in the blockbuster series and not just two.

GameSpot reports that analysts have interpreted the ambiguous release wording or received other information to the effect that the 2011 Call of Duty and Sledgehammer Games' new action-adventure are separate titles.

The wording of the release, which had already noted that Treyarch is making a Call of Duty game due out in 2010, was: "The company is also for the first time announcing that a new game in the Call of Duty series is expected to be released in 2011 and that Sledgehammer Games, a newly formed, wholly owned studio, is in development on a Call of Duty game that will extend the franchise into the action-adventure genre."

Some took that to mean the 2011 game and Sledgehammer's project were one and the same, but others were less certain.

Activision also spoke about its ambition to take COD to new markets, including Asia, and experiment with "high-margin digital online content", "new genres" and "new digital business models". A download-only spectroscopic 3D kart racer, then.

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