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Call of Duty 2014 to be revealed May 4

Update: Teaser trailer and countdown timer appears on official website

Activision will reveal Sledgehammer's 2014 Call of Duty title on Sunday, May 4 at 10am UK time (5am Eastern), the publisher has announced.

Update: A Call of Duty 2014 live-action teaser trailer has also been release, viewable below. Our full report on the teaser trailer is here.

Original report follows:

The news comes via a countdown timer on the series' official website, which features an obscure, distorted image alongside the tagline, "get ready for a new era of Call of Duty".

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Game Informer posted the first screenshot of the unnamed game, promising new details in its latest issue, which will also be published on May 4.

No further details are revealed on the site, however it does feature a number of hidden, cryptic links pointing to articles involving private military companies.

This year's game will be the first since Activision switched the Call of Duty series to a three year development cycle, adding Sledgehammer Games to a rotation which has traditionally been shared between Infinity Ward and Treyarch.

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The first image of Call of Duty 2014

2014 will mark the debut Sledgehammer effort, and is said to be the first instalment to prioritise next-gen consoles, according to Activision publishing CEO Eric Hirshberg.

"Obviously in the console-transition year, anyone who developed a cross-generational game last year had to deal with the fact that the technology of the next-gen platforms was still coming into focus and changing quite a bit during the development process," Hirshberg said in February.

"Now that we have the next-gen hardware out in the marketplace and solid, that is our primary development."

The first image of the 2014 Call of Duty was released in April, showcasing a high detail character model.

The new game will follow 2013's Call of Duty: Ghosts, which released on PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

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