The first Call of Duty game launched way back in 2003, and since then, it has become the most popular FPS franchise in history. However, it’s quite easy to get confused with the timeline, as there have been so many games since then.

To help with that, here are all the Call of Duty games in order of release.

Call of Duty (2003)

If you’re asking, “What is the Call of Duty series in order,” it all starts here. The first-ever Call of Duty was a World War II classic, released as a PC exclusive title.

Call of Duty 2 (2005)

The second Call of Duty game was another World War II title – a trend that would continue for a couple more years.

Call of Duty 3 (2006)

This was the last of the ‘PS2-era’ Call of Duty games, and it would be one of the last games in the franchise with a World War II focus.

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (2007)

When putting the Call of Duty games in order, this is an important point to remember. There are many fans who consider Modern Warfare to be the starting point for Call of Duty esports.

Call of Duty: World at War (2008)

World at War marked a return to World War II, but it would be the last time the franchise visited the theatre for the next nine years.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2009)

Modern Warfare 2 is widely considered the best Call of Duty title in history. It was a fantastic midpoint to the Modern Warfare trilogy that is still remembered today.

Call of Duty: Black Ops (2010)

Here’s another important milestone when putting the Call of Duty games in order – Black Ops. By 2020, there would be five Black Ops title, all loved by fans around the world.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (2011)

Modern Warfare 3 marked the close of the ‘MW’ franchise – it truly was the end of an era.

Call of Duty: Black Ops II (2012)

When Black Ops II launched in 2012, it was one of the first attempts by Activision to expand Call of Duty into the future. It went extremely well!

Call of Duty: Ghosts (2013)

Although it sold fairly well, Ghosts is often considered to be one of the worst Call of Duty titles on record. It wasn’t ever repeated, and remains standalone today.

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (2014)

Like Ghosts, Advanced Warfare was a standalone title with no ties to other Call of Duty title released up until that point. It was another futuristic title that introduced the ‘jetpack’ era.

Call of Duty: Black Ops III (2015)

The Black Ops saga continued in 2015 with another future-focused game.

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare (2016)

If we’re putting Call of Duty games in order, we need to mention Infinite Warfare, even if it was one of the worst games of the franchise so far.

Call of Duty: WWII (2017)

This was the first return to World War II in almost ten years, and it went quite well. There are many who believe that WWII offered the most balanced esports experience to date.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 (2018)

Black Ops 4 was a rather strange title, given that it had no single player story. It was almost entirely a multiplayer experience, and it introduced the first battle royale mode, Blackout, to Call of Duty.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (2019)

Modern Warfare was an extremely successful reboot of 2007’s Modern Warfare.

Call of Duty: Warzone (2020)

Warzone was the first title to be a Call of Duty free download game. It’s a battle royale title that costs absolutely nothing to play.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War (2020)

Here’s an important title when putting the Call of Duty games in order. This marked the first time in history that two major releases landed in the same year.

Call of Duty: WWII Vanguard (2021)

Vanguard will release in 2021, and it’ll be something of a return to classic, World War II action for Call of Duty.

Make sure you stay in touch with the latest Call of Duty news to see what comes next!

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Grant Taylor-Hill

Grant is a freelance writer and gamer from Surrey, England. He is an avid 'omnigamer' but plays primarily on PC, enjoying a diverse collection of games. His favourite esports title is Call of Duty, and he backs Dallas Empire in the CDL.