It’s being reported that next year’s Call of Duty title will be developed by Treyarch rather than Sledgehammer Games following development woes.
Back in 2014 Activision announced that the Call of Duty series would feature a new three-year development cycle with Treyarch, Sledgehammer Games, and Infinity Ward all taking turns to develop the next entry into the series. Up until now, things have gone along quite well, however, according to Kotaku, Call of Duty 2020’s entry might skip Sledgehammer Games entirely.
The reason for this, in short, is because the relationship between Sledgehammer Games and support studio Raven Software – who had been given the lead on this project – is a bit rocky. As a result, Treyarch will be taking the lead of next year’s entry with support from both Sledgehammer and Raven Software.
Reportedly, the title was supposed to be set within the Cold War, with the suggestion that it could be around the Vietnam war. The report adds that Black Ops 5 will now include the story being developed by Sledgehammer and Raven, sticking with the Cold War theming.
This has led some staff to worry about the future as 2020’s entry is expected to span over two console generations as the PS5 and the next Xbox console are on the horizon. Though Treyarch doesn’t seem too worried.
You can check out the full report here where it’s also revealed that last year’s Black Ops 4 isn’t quite the cash cow that Activision was expecting.