This year’s Call of Duty sequel will be developed by Treyarch and Raven Software, confirming a report more than a year old that Treyarch’s turn to make the game was being moved up a year.
Daniel Alegre, Activision’s chief operating officer, confirmed Treyarch’s role in a quarterly earnings call with investors on Tuesday afternoon. Alegre said Raven and Treyarch would handle “the next premium installment for Call of Duty,” meaning a full title; the two studios later tweeted about their work together.
Treyarch is part of a three-studio rotation that includes Infinity Ward and Sledgehammer Games. In May 2019, Kotaku reported that Treyarch, which developed 2018’s Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 and wasn’t due to make another game until 2021, was stepping in for the 2020 game because the collaboration between Sledgehammer and Raven was not going well. Sledgehammer, which made 2017’s Call of Duty: WWII, was said not to be the lead studio in the original 2020 CoD plans.
Activision has not revealed any details about the next Call of Duty game yet, although the lack of an E3, the COVID-19 pandemic, and other news events have interrupted most normal marketing efforts. As Treyarch is the studio responsible for the Black Ops arc, today’s confirmation strongly suggests this year’s game will be the fifth of that series. No title or launch date has been confirmed.
The most recent Call of Duty, 2019’s Modern Warfare by Infinity Ward, introduced the Warzone battle royale mode. Earlier today, Infinity Ward’s design director confirmed that the stand-alone, free-to-play mode will continue to exist as its own game after subsequent CoDs are released, and it will tie into the events and lore of those games.