Michael Pachter though, offered a shiny little nugget in his analysis of the franchise though, when speaking to GIBiz:
I think that the growth in online multiplayer fueled CoD sales, since it was (and probably still is) the best multiplayer experience available. However, last year, Battlefield multiplayer probably cannibalized it a little bit, and this year, Halo and Medal of Honor could cannibalize CoD a bit more. Next year, another Battlefield plus the Respawn and Bungie games probably cannibalize it a bit more.
Respawn Entertainment’s new first person shooter releasing in 2013? It seems to make sense, given how it skipped E3 and doesn’t seem to be heading to any new cons any time soon.
We’ll have to wait till next year to find out.