Next year’s Call of Duty game will be developed by Treyarch, instead of Sledgehammer Games and Raven Software, according to a Kotaku report.
For the last several years, Infinity Ward, Treyarch, and Sledgehammer Games have taken it in turns to develop an entry in the series, with Raven Software offering support. However, Activision had reportedly “switched things up” for 2020 by assigning support studio Raven Software as the lead developer on an entry set in the Cold War, with Sledgehammer Games assisting.
This recently changed, according to Kotaku, with Treyarch replacing Raven as the lead developer on the game due to “tension between Sledgehammer and Raven.” Two people familiar with the project described it as “a mess” to the site. Both Raven and Sledgehammer will now support Treyarch in development of 2020’s title.
As for what next year’s Call of Duty entry will be. Kotaku reports that Treyarch is working on Call of Duty: Black Ops 5. The work that has already been done by Raven and Sledgehammer will reportedly be repackaged as a single-player campaign for the game set in the Cold War.
Moving onto this year’s Call of Duty entry. While it is yet to be officially announced, it’s believed that Infinity Ward is working on a new entry in the Modern Warfare series. The upcoming game is said to be “rooted in some of the franchise’s most important history“ and will feature an “entirely new” campaign. Activision recently confirmed that the game will be officially announced before the end of June.