Xbox Game Pass could be getting a Call of Duty care package very soon – I can't wait

A blast from the past on Game Pass

Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3
(Image credit: Activision Blizzard)

Say what you like about Call of Duty but for me, the franchise is the purest hit of nostalgia I can get. Playing the most recent Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 on PS5, I was enamoured with the fact that all of the maps were ripped straight from my childhood (When I was of legal age to play of course). 

Playing titles such as Call of Duty: World at War, Modern Warfare 2 and Black Ops was a massive part of my teenage years. I always looked forward to throwing my school bag down, putting on my gaming headset and shooting (literally) the breeze with my friends. It looks like I could be about to revisit that all over again on Xbox Game Pass. 

When Microsoft acquired Activision Blizzard there was plenty of talk of the shooter series going Xbox only. That isn't going to happen but one perk to playing on Xbox (and PC) could be access to a major backlog of older instalments on Xbox Game Pass. 

At least, that's according to the reputable Tom Warren of Insider Gaming who claims that in June the next game in the series (believed to be Call of Duty: Gulf War) will be revealed alongside "an announcement on its back catalogue of games."

Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3

(Image credit: Activision Blizzard)

To me, this sounds either like a repackaged anthology of older titles in the series, or more likely, their arrival on Game Pass. That raises a couple of questions in my mind.  Which games will arrive on the service, and which features will they have? The single-player campaign modes are an easy inclusion, but if several titles arrive with online multiplayer support then it could split the player base up considerably and make matchmaking tricky. 

As for which games, it makes sense to pick the most revered games in the history of Call of Duty. Very few people are begging to revisit Call of Duty: Ghosts. I think World at War is a given, as is the original Modern Warfare 2 and probably Black Ops 2. Controversially I'd also like to see one of the more futuristic titles return, probably Advanced Warfare as it offered a much faster pace than traditional COD that scratched an itch similar to Titanfall

Andy Sansom
Staff Writer

Andy is T3's Tech Staff Writer, covering all things technology, including his biggest passions such as gaming, AI, phones, and basically anything cool and expensive he can get his hands on. If he had to save one possession from a fire it would be his PlayStation 5. He previously worked for Tom’s Guide - where he got paid to play with ChatGPT every day. When it comes to streaming, Andy will have his headphones glued in whilst watching something that will make him laugh. He studied Creative Writing at university, but also enjoys supporting his favourite football team (Liverpool), watching F1, teaching himself guitar, and spending time with his dog.