One of the biggest gaming franchises in the world for over 10 years, Call of Duty‘s star continues to shine brightly. The 2019 reboot of the Modern Warfare series was a huge success, introducing a brand new engine for the first time series history, which helped to make the series ready for the next generation. The gameplay stayed firmly rooted to boots on the ground, and the hard work seemed to have paid off with Activision confirming that it has been the most played Call of Duty in this console generation.
With the success of going back closer to the series roots, Activision will be hoping that the next game will see a similar reward. But what do we know about the next Call of Duty? There’s very little in the way of solid details, but there are some details that we do know.
Firstly, the title of the game is all but confirmed. A report by Eurogamer states that a leak, backed up by their own sources, confirms that the game will be called Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War. This is significant as the original premise of Black Ops was firmly built within the Cold War territory as the sequels deviated to a more futuristic setting, so we should see a full return to this era. The title of the game has not yet been officially confirmed by Activision, so this could still change.
Players of battle royale Call of Duty: Warzone will also start to come across clues to the Cold War era throughout the map, including the bunkers that contain locked down areas. Some bunkers that were previously locked down are now accessible with a keycard, revealing some interesting easter eggs. Players who have been able to breach the walls of locked bunkers have already been able to take a sneak peek at some of the assets used for the era of the new game, including a cold war spy plane.
Aside from this, all that’s left is speculation, though there are some details that are safe to assume will be the case.
Black Ops is the baby of Treyarch, which has developed every game in the series, so it’s almost certain that they will take charge of this one too. Going back to an older engine would also be a huge step back, so expect the game to be built on this new engine.
Battle royale mode
With Warzone taking up the role of the franchise’s battle royale development, it’s unlikely that Black Ops Cold War will see a new version of Black Ops IIII’s Blackout battle royale mode. This also means that without the need to develop this mode, there will almost certainly be a return of the story mode to the Black Ops series. Whether this is a sequel or a soft reboot similar to Modern Warfare is unclear, but a reset after their success in 2019, and as the story of Black Ops explored into the future in its original sequels, seems most likely.
Monetization and enhancements
Beyond this, you can expect all of the usual enhancements to the game that have come with the series. This is likely to include a multiplayer battle pass, microtransactions for weapon and character skins, and continue to include crossplay in some form.
You can also expect a release in the last quarter of 2020, with October being the most typical month for releases of Call of Duty. You can also expect the game to have some presence on the next generation of consoles with both the PS5 and Xbox Series X due late in the year.