As noted by VG247 we’ve seen The Red Door before, when it appeared on the PS4 Database website with a Content ID that contained the string “COD2020.” It’s not clear what exactly is going on here, but it could be Activision sharing in-development builds of the game, a practice that is common in the games industry – last month we saw an early build of Gods and Monsters leak onto Google Stadia.
Call of Duty news account Modern Warzone tweeted today that they had received a “threatening email” from Activision after using the image from The Red Door listing, which suggests that there is some credibility behind this leak, and Activision’s control over it.
Just received a pretty threatening email from Activision about our Red Door article on https://t.co/5blsXeU6Ga.
Apparently using the “red door” image everyone is using is infringing upon their rights. So id advise anyone who’s used that to remove it. pic.twitter.com/mqYT3ITEqP
— ModernWarzone (@ModernWarzone) June 9, 2020
Back in May, a series of reports suggested that this year’s COD game was titled Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, and that the game would return the series to the late 20th-century historical setting it had previously inhabited. All of this suggests that Activision is raring up to reveal this year’s Call of Duty game, so watch this space for more news on that front.
Jordan Oloman is a freelance writer for IGN. Follow him on Twitter.