With the promise of a new game, and the hints that we have been given over the last few months, we've put together a few general story arcs that Infinity Ward might be working on with Call of Duty: Ghosts.
Chances are, this is not a totally fresh storyline as we have heard that at least one major character will be returning to Ghosts.
We could be miles off here, but speculation is part of what makes Call of Duty such an exciting prospect every year.
Note: this article will contain spoilers for the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare story branch, you are warned.
Continuing Captain Price's Story
One of the first rumors we heard about the next Call of Duty game was that Billy Murray, the English actor who voiced Captain Price, would be returning to the series. Speaking to This is Xbox, Murray said, "Yeah, on Monday I am off to meet Infinity Ward about the next game, Modern Warfare 4, I’m doing work on the sequel to Modern Warfare 3, it carries straight on and I only ever appear in the Modern Warfare games…"
As we know, of the dynamic duo of Soap MacTavish and Captain Price, only Price made it through Modern Warfare 3 alive. So what comes next for him? Price doesn't seem like the kind of soldier to go into a quiet retirement on the beaches of some foreign island, so chances are he'd be itching to get back into the action in Call of Duty: Ghosts.
A viable storyline could be that a criminal mastermind appears and the good guys call on Captain Price for his assistance in taking him down before he can execute whatever crime he has in mind. One potential enemy could be Volk from Modern Warfare 3, who you will remember as the man responsible for the heinous biological crimes in Europe. His status is unknown at the end of the game.
Derek 'Frost' Westbrook was one of the player characters in Modern Warfare 3, a part of the Delta Force squad alongside Sandman, Truck and Grinch. Throughout the course of Modern Warfare 3, the player is invested in Frost's storyline quite heavily, despite Frost being a completely new character to the series.
To us, this could be Infinity Ward foreshadowing the important role that Frost will play in coming games. As you may remember, Frost's allies are believed to be dead when the mine collapses in the mission Down the Rabbit Hole in Modern Warfare 3. Call of Duty: Ghosts may take place several years in the future, with Frost picking up the pieces of his life and career after losing so many friends in the previous conflict.
Frost would also be a viable character to replace Soap, in a way, learning from Captain Price who we believe will be making an appearance in Call of Duty: Ghosts.
Exploring Nikolai Further
While Nikolai was never one of the most central characters in the Modern Warfare franchise, he has been involved with Price and Soap since the very beginning.
If you think about it, Nikolai saved their skins on more than one occasion from Call of Duty 4 all the way to Modern Warfare 3, so it is possible that we will learn a bit more about him in Call of Duty: Ghosts.
Potential storylines could take place both before the Makarov situation and afterwards. We don't know much about Nikolai but he has been a stalwart companion to Soap and Price for so many years, there must be some backstory to that loyalty that Infinity Ward could explore in Ghosts.
As for the future, Price and Nikolai are the only remaining members of Task Force 141 who have not fallen in battle which supports the idea that both he and Captain Price may be returning in Call of Duty: Ghosts.
Ghost Returns From the Dead
Ah, the best (and most unlikely) for last!
Simon 'Ghost' Riley was a character that rapidly became a cult favorite among Modern Warfare 2 fans. His trademark skull-patterned balaclava with unnecessarily badass sunglasses over it endeared Ghost to many Call of Duty players. Those players were undoubtedly heartbroken when Ghost came to his gruesome death at the hands of Commander Shepherd, who doused Ghost in gasoline and set him ablaze.
The odds of Ghost surviving that are minimal, but his name does seem to imply a return from the dead. The obvious connection here is the title; Call of Duty: Ghosts. But that seems a bit too obvious for our liking and as much as we would love to see Ghost return from the dead in Call of Duty: Ghosts, it doesn't seem very feasible.
There is potential, however, for this next Call of Duty story to take place before the Modern Warfare trilogy. Ghost was very much alive during those years and would make a great main protagonist.
Those are some of the theories we've put together - what are yours? Feel free to share them in the comments, no matter how ludicrous they may sounds. We just proposed a man coming back from the dead after being drenched in gasoline and burned alive, after all.