Activision has confirmed that there will be a new Call of Duty game in 2021 during a recent earnings call. Here’s what we know.
Few things are certain in life besides death, taxes, and the fact that Activision will ship a new Call of Duty game come October/November.
With Infinity Ward, Treyarch, Sledgehammer, and Raven Software now all on the payroll, churning out a new COD game each year has become a constant in the gaming landscape.
However, the COVID-19 pandemic shook established normality in 2020, and game production has not been immune to this disruption. As a result, seeing a new Call of Duty game in time for Q4 2021 was in doubt for this first time in over a decade.
But the pandemic wasn’t the only reason fans were concerned, as in 2021, it could be Sledgehammer’s turn to develop a new COD title. While this isn’t a problem itself, Sledgehammer’s last solo COD game, WW2, was plagued by ‘conflict of interest’ issues.
The studio then underwent some significant internal changes and took a backseat. But now, they could be back in the development chair - if Activision sticks to the original development cycle.
We understand why Sledgehammer’s recent COD related issues coupled with the pandemic has some fans worried. Would Call of Duty finally be taking a gap year in 2021?
This approach worked well for Ubisoft, who extended the annual release of Assassin’s Creed games to two years, skip a year cycle. It meant they could produce multiple games and give each one the necessary polish it needed.
Yet would Activision really benefit from this move when they have four separate triple-A development studios at their disposal?
Call of Duty 2021 Confirmed
The answer to the above question is apparently no. As Activision has indeed confirmed a new Call of Duty game will arrive in Q4 of 2021.
Rumors seem to suggest that Sledgehammer will be helming the project. It’s currently unknown if Raven Software will be lending a helping hand, as they have for other recent entries in the three-year cycle.
However, other rumors suggest that Call of Duty 2021 could return to a familiar setting and be helmed by another studio. Of course, Infinity Ward and Treyarch are the obvious candidates, but would this interrupt the development cycle?
Could Activision revive an older Call of Duty IP like Advanced Warfare, Infinite Warfare or Ghosts? Or will it be a new Call of Duty entirely?
With the latest entry of the Black Ops series coming out in 2020 and MW coming out in 2019, the setting of COD 2021 is still anyone’s guess.
But we’ve taken a deep dive into the COD 2021's setting here - and we have a theory.