2020's Call Of Duty reportedly switches studio mid-development

Call of Duty 2020 upheaval

Report: 2020-due Call of Duty is Call of Duty: Black Ops 5 by Treyarch

Following the normal development cycle, Sledgehammer should be next in line for 2020's Call of Duty title, but according to three separate sources who are familiar with the companies, Activision has been forced to change direction and pull in Treyarch to take on the lead development role, with Sledgehammer and Raven serving as support studios, for a Black Ops 5 release a year ahead of schedule.

Going by Activision's rotating developer cycle, 2020's annual Call of Duty title was originally being developed by Sledgehammer Games. This has led to their project being shelved for the time being and the studios being reassigned to work as support for Treyarch.

Meanwhile, it seems not everyone at Treyarch is happy about only getting two years to make Call of Duty: Black Ops 5.

It appears as if they will be reverting back to old ways, however, as Treyarch studios are likely to incorporate some of Raven and Sledgehammer's original work for the single-player mode and transform it into their own Black Ops campaign. The latter studio was expected to be working on a game for next year, after shipping Call of Duty: WW2 in 2017, which is apparently no longer the case.

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"Internally, Activision executives have started to talk about embracing free-to-play as a revenue model and, three sources say, are looking into offering a free-to-play component for this year's new Modern Warfare", wrote Schreier, adding that nothing is set in stone yet and that there's some resistance to the idea within Activision.

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Will be Black Ops 5 be Free to Play? Two people familiar with the project described it as a mess.

Kotaku's report is unconfirmed by Activision or Treyarch at this time, however.

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And according to the E3 organisers, Infinity Ward will be discussing the new Call of Duty in a panel at the Coliseum event. It's hard to say at this point, especially since Call of Duty 2019 has yet to be officially revealed to the public, but we should find out within the next couple of years.

"Announcing the first #E3Coliseum event!"

Call of Duty fans can grab tickets for the event by visiting the E3 Coliseum website.

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