Self-proclaimed “industry insider” Marcus Sellars recently tweeted that the next Call of Duty will be Black Ops IV and that it’s coming to the Nintendo Switch, complete with motion controls.
To be clear, Sellars doesn’t state where he got this information, or even if it’s a leak or a prediction. Really, the only reason his claims hold any water is because he’s been right about a few announcements in the past, including Dark Souls Remastered on Switch.
In addition to the title and its platforms, Sellars claims that Black Ops IV will return to a modern-day setting with “boots on the ground” gameplay, as opposed to Black Ops III‘s futuristic, wall-running gameplay.
COD 2018 is Black Ops 4 and is coming to PS4/Xbox/PC/Switch. It is set in the modern times and is boots on the ground. The Switch version will support DLC, HD Rumble and motion controls. The Switch version is also being ported by a company which is familar with COD games.
— Marcus Sellars (@Marcus_Sellars) February 4, 2018
Sellars isn’t the first to predict that Black Ops IV will be 2018’s Call of Duty. It was previously predicted by an analyst firm before one of the Black Ops series’ voice actors seemingly confirmed that another Black Ops game was on the way before Call of Duty: WWII was even released. Plus, we do know Treyarch was looking to hire someone with a “deep knowledge base of firearms and modern military technology,” which speaks to the modern setting. Plus, publisher Activision’s noted insistence that Sledgehammer Games return to “boots on the ground” gameplay with Call of Duty: WWII hints that the next Call of Duty will retain this quality.
Call of Duty: Black Ops IV coming to the Switch wouldn’t be that much of a surprise, either. After all, Black Ops appeared on the Wii (with partial motion controls) and Black Ops II appeared on the Wii U. Plus, Nintendo Switch has already shown it can handle fast-paced shooters with Doom and (we hope) Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus.
That being said, there are a few reasons to be wary about taking Sellars’ claims as gospel. First, Call of Duty: WWII seemed likely to launch for the Nintendo Switch, but that never happened. Second, both Black Ops games that previously appeared on Nintendo consoles were not ported by a separate company but developed (successfully, for the most part) by Treyarch, the studio behind the Black Ops series. Why Treyarch would mess with a good thing by risking an outsourcing job is unclear.
The biggest reason, however, might be Sellars himself. Though his name has appeared more and more often in thinly sourced rumor articles, to the best of our investigative abilities he’s never leaked anything in a totally convincing fashion, and according to some online posters, he’s previously deleted tweets containing inaccurate predictions, too. Gaming news is full of leaks with sketchy origins that ultimately turn out to be true, and that can be a dangerous thing for reporting. Still, when the content of leaks is too accurate and unexpected to be mere coincidence or prediction, it’s reasonable to assume the source might have some insider information. As far as we can tell, Sellars hasn’t yet passed that bar. As noted above, even this tweet could simply be as a reasonable guess based on publicly available information. Take it with the requisite grain of salt.
While you’re waiting for Treyarch to confirm Black Ops IV, Call of Duty: WWII is available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC, and it’s bringing back Prop Hunt soon.