According to industry insider Tom Henderson, the next Call of Duty title in 2022 could be a sequel to the 2019 reboot of the Modern Warfare sub-series. In a post from Henderson’s Twitter, he shared what he knew, suggesting that the new title would be “codenamed Project Cortez”.

“It's expected to be a sequel to Modern Warfare 2019” the leaker adds. To put this title into some context, the campaign of the sequel will (supposedly) involve US forces locked in a covert war with drug cartels from Colombia. 

Intriguingly, the concept of Modern Warfare 2 is identical to the premise of the 1994 film, Clear and Present Danger, starring Harrison Ford, and the film’s main villain is Colonel Félix Cortez. By now, we all know to take any such information with a pinch of salt until the developers make the news official. 

If this news turns out to be true, it means Infinity Ward has had three years to pull together this new sequel. In the past, Henderson has become well-known for sharing insights into many high-profile games. GameLuster previously reported Henderson’s statements on a modern-day setting for GTA 6 and a set of leaked images connected to Battlefield 6.

The 2019 reboot of Modern Warfare saw the return of Captain Price and the introduction of the 141 in one of the game’s final scenes. Despite its short campaign, the game is arguably one of the best instalments in the shooter franchise of recent years.

In other Call of Duty news, a cross-platform launch for Call of Duty: Vanguard was announced in an in-game Warzone event last month. The franchise's next installment will release on November 5 for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S, and PC via Battle.net. Developed by Sledgehammer Games, Vanguard will allow players to “play a pivotal role and change the face of history, forming Task Force One in a gripping campaign across four major theaters of war.”