I’ve been waiting patiently for a new Call of Duty game to play this year. Modern Warfare was not my type of Call of Duty game. To me, Black Ops 4 felt better and I played it for longer. Infinity Ward really dropped the ball with Modern Warfare and the gameplay tweaks that they made. I’m sure Warzone is very fun to play with your friends, but I’m buying a COD game to play the classic multiplayer. Over the past year, I’ve given some slack to Activision and Treyarch and whoever else has been working on the game. It’s tough to make a AAA title when your development cycle falls in the middle of a pandemic.
Supposedly there have been massive development issues with Sledgehammer games earlier last year that caused Activision to step in. What was originally planned as a three year rotation for Call of Duty games was changed. Treyarch was called upon to step in to make the 2020 game. Treyarch won’t be alone though. In an earnings call from earlier this month, Activision announced that Raven Software and Treyarch were working in tandem on the game. Raven Software has been brought in before to help polish multiplayer on earlier games, but they’ve never been listed as a co-developer.
So that makes the cycle of teases and false starts with the 2020 game all the more frustrating. Normally we’d be knee deep in either a beta test or sizzle reels for the new game. All we can conjure up now, is either COD “insiders” passing off leaks or cryptic Warzone teases.
So Where Are We At With Call Of Duty: Black Ops 2020?
Taking into account the pandemic, we should still be nearing a finished product for the game. Releases in the series have varied over the past couple years, but it’s usually in the October-November range. In a completely cryptic and not at all based in fact currently leak, twitter user “ModernWarzone” tweeted two gifs. You can see them below.
To some, this might be the months for a beta test/reveal and the release. At this point, who really knows. Only Activision and Treyarch/Raven know when the game is going to come out, and what platforms it’s going to be on. I’d love to see a next-gen Call of Duty game on the Xbox Series X and Playstation 5. That might be what is making the development cycle take longer. They have to make a game for multiple consoles and multiple generations.
The advent of Warzone hasn’t fixed the equation. The success of the side-mode turned money machine for Modern Warfare is probably weighing on the current game. As far as I’m concerned, we could be minutes, days, weeks, or a month away from a new game. It’s all up in the air.
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