There’s going to be, wait for it, a new Call of Duty game this year sometime in Q4 2020. Activision Blizzard announced the news on their most recent call with investors, but in a break from tradition, the publisher did not announce a developer for this year’s Call of Duty.“The franchise has never been better positioned for growth and there’s more to come, including entirely new experiences within the Modern Warfare universe and then of course, in Q4 this year, a new premium Call of Duty release which is already generating excitement in our playtests,” said Activision COO Coddy Johnson.
Activision Blizzard didn’t reveal which of its three Call of Duty studios will be developing this year’s new Call of Duty game. The publisher typically rotates between Infinity Ward, Treyarch, and Sledgehammer Games to develop each new year’s Call of Duty game.
With Treyarch having developed 2018’s Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 and Infinity Ward having finished last year’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, the cycle would presumably have gone to Sledgehammer.
However, a report by Kotaku in 2019 claimed that studio Raven, a Wisconsin-based studio that does support on the Call of Duty series, was offered to lead the 2020 entry. However, plans were changed and Treyarch was given the 2020 Call of Duty game with both Raven and Sledgehammer working as support developers.
Activision also gave its annual prediction that the next Call of Duty may not sell as good as the last, but this has always been more of a precaution than the reality. And even if Call of Duty 2020 doesn’t outsell Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, the series is often the best-selling games of the year.This year’s Call of Duty doesn’t have a subtitle or setting announced yet, but the same report suggests that it will be Black Ops 5 set sometime in the Cold War. There will reportedly be a single-player campaign mode after the feature was missing in Black Ops 4.
Matt Kim is a reporter for IGN.