Although it hasn’t been officially announced yet by Activision, it can safely be assumed developer Treyarch is hard at work on bringing fans the next-generation of Call of Duty in 2020. Typically, there are announcements made on each upcoming installment mid-way through the summer, but clearly, this is no ordinary year. Thus, for now, fans are left with only a number of leaks that point to what the next Call of Duty is called and what it entails.
The possible name and release window for the game
As reported by reputable Call of Duty insider CharlieIntel, numerous Twitter accounts dedicated to the latest news for the franchise have received direct messages with photos of a Doritos bag promoting double XP codes for the next title, which displays the name, Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War. The advertisement writes that the codes will be activate beginning on October 5, 2020. However, this does not mean that the game will release of this date, as Modern Warfare‘s Doritos promotions started a few weeks earlier than the October 25, 2019 launch date.
So it can be presumed, if these leaks prove true, that this year’s Call of Duty will have a similar release window for, at least, current-gen platforms. For next-generation editions, there’s no world yet as to if it is a launch title for the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, though, Call of Duty: Ghosts was, in 2013, for the PS4 and Xbox One.
What players can expect to be in Call of Duty 2020
Earlier in July, an alpha for the next game, entitled, “The Red Door,” was found on the Xbox Marketplace, with many data miners able to dig up some very telling files from it. Some files carried names of possible campaign missions, with settings mentioned alongside, such as: “K.B.G. (Russia),” “Hub 8 (Germany),” and “Prisoner (Vietnam).” Discovered multiplayer files also confirm this supposed Cold War setting, with filed maps named, “Black Sea,” “Miami,” and “Moscow” being brought to light. Of course, these could just be placeholder names for the moment, and could change at any point in production.
There’s even heavier weight to support the idea of this installment being another Black Ops title, as a Zombie co-op mode was also found within “The Red Door.” So far, those scrolling through the data have found four maps for the apparent mode: “Duga,” Forest,” “Russia,” and “Ski Slopes.”
All of these files do have much in common with the Warzone Easter eggs that have been popping up since April. For instance, players have found phones in the game and picking them up to hear the voice of an angry man speaking Russian on the other end. Most recently, Warzone updates have started to add posters of what appears to be of astronaut zombies.
To many’s shock, Call of Duty did not make an appearance at either of PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X’s games conferences. On the bright side, the franchise is known to have gameplay debuts at each Gamescom, which will go live this year from August 27 to 30, digitally. So, hold tight, Black Ops fans. Your dreams may come true real soon.