A new teaser posted on May 1 for the upcoming Call of Duty game has given hints that it will be set in a future dominated by Private Military Companies (PMC).
In a documentary style video made in collaboration with VICE, the teaser asks "What happens when the highest bidder becomes the world's next superpower?"
The video explores the rise of PMC's and the impact it's having in modern conflicts across the globe. The crew also consults with experts like P.W. Singer of the Brookings Institution, a few PMC operatives and Erik Prince, founder and former CEO of Blackwater (now called Academi).
One chilling question the narrator asks, "The day of the Private Military has arrived! The only question that remains is what happens when the people you pay to protect you get a better offer?"
Many in the game media have been quick to speculate that the PMC's are going to be the villains in the game. Others have been quick to point-out the similarities between the games premise and Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots.
The video was uploaded the same day a teaser website went live. The website features a timer set for May 4 and distorted image that has hidden links to website about PMC's.
Not much has been leaked regarding the new game except that it's being developed by Sledgehammer Games. Many have speculated that the next game will be set in the Modern Warfare story arc.
The upcoming Call of Duty will be the eleventh game in the popular series that has sold over 100 million copies and on average has 40 million active players a month.