Whether this is a reboot of the sub-series, or a prequel to the Black Ops story – which has since headed into the future – is still unknown.Activision had already formally announced the expected 2020 instalment of Call of Duty, but didn’t confirm which of its studios would act as the lead developer. Rumours at the time suggested Treyarch would be the lead, which feels ever-more likely, given it created the Black Ops sub-series. Sledgehammer and Raven are rumoured to be support studios on the project. Those same rumours claimed this was a Black Ops game set in the Cold War, and that it would restore a single-player campaign after Black Ops 4 dropped the feature.
The reports coincide with the recent opening of Call of Duty: Warzone’s bunkers, which have also seen dataminers discovering what seems to be a model for a Cold War-era spyplane, the U-2. We’d already heard that Warzone will evolve to accommodate multiple games in the series, with Infinity Ward’s Taylor Kurosaki saying the battle royale mode “will be the through-line that connects all of the different various sub-franchises of Call of Duty.”
Joe Skrebels is IGN’s Executive Editor of News, and he was only this morning listening to excellent new Cold War-themed podcast Wind of Change, and is now hoping this game will feature Scorpions on the soundtrack. Follow him on Twitter.