A new report from Kotaku claims that Raven/Sledgehammer Games won’t be taking the lead on the 2020 Call of Duty installment. Instead, their sources are saying that Activision is looking at Treyarch to deliver them a new Black Ops game taking the creative lead.
Next year’s Call of Duty has gone through a major upheaval, as publisher Activision informed developers this week that studios Raven and Sledgehammer, which had until now led the project, will no longer be in charge. Instead, according to three people familiar with goings-on at the companies, Treyarch will lead development on a new Black Ops for 2020.
Infinity Ward is handling the 2019 installment which is expected to be Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 4. Sledgehammer Games, who tackled Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare and Call of Duty: WWII was expected to be the next in line, but this reporting would suggest they’ll instead take a supporting role with Treyarch leading creatively. Raven and Sledgehammer will apparently be doing support work on a single-play campaign that might be set during The Cold War.
According to those briefed on the overhaul, Treyarch will take creative leadership on this new Black Ops while Raven and Sledgehammer will serve as support studios for the game, transforming the work they’ve done on their own single-player story mode into a campaign for Black Ops 5, which will also be set during the Cold War. (This may be a welcome return for fans, who criticized the lack of campaign in Black Ops 4.) It will likely be a cross-gen game, to coincide with the launch of the next PlayStation and Xbox, which are also expected in the fall of 2020.
The reporting has yet to be confirmed by Treyarch or Activision.