After countless rumors regarding who will be developing the new Call of Duty title, and whether or not a new title will even release this year for that matter, Activision has confirmed that the new Call of Duty will be developed by Sledgehammer Games.
Many rumors have been circulating in the Call of Duty community lately that Sledgehammer Games would be the studio behind the 2021 title. One of the biggest hints is the pattern that recent studios have been following when it comes to developing a new COD title.
In the early days of Call of Duty, Treyarch and Infinity Ward would take turns releasing a new title every year. Then, in 2014, Sledgehammer Games jumped into the mix and released Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare.
Since then, the three studios have been cycling on a three-year basis. However, in the last pattern, Sledgehammer skipped their turn. The current COD, Black Ops Cold War, was developed by Treyarch. Last year it was Infinity Ward, and the year before that, it was Treyarch again. Sledgehammer Games hasn’t released a Call of Duty title in 4 years, most recently developing Call of Duty: WWII- so naturally, they were overdue for another release of their own.
During an earnings call held by Activision-Blizzard, the company finally confirmed the rumors that this year’s game is being developed by Sledgehammer Games. The confirmation comes from Daniel Alegre, who is the current President and COO of Activision-Blizzard. Alegre made the following comment:
“In particular, we are very excited for this year’s premium Call of Duty release. Development is being led by Sledgehammer Games and the game is looking great and on track for its fall release. This is a built for next-generation experience with stunning visuals across campaign, multiplayer and co-operative modes of play, designed to both integrate with and enhance the existing COD ecosystem. We look forward to sharing more details with the community soon.”
Daniel Alegre, President and COO, Activison Blizzard
Unfortunately, we don’t have any other details regarding this year’s title at this time. However, we do have plenty of rumors stating that the new game will be called Call of Duty: WWII Vanguard. Apparently, Vanguard will take place in an alternate reality where WWII never ended.
We’ll have to wait and see what the new COD title has in store for us. Since the games usually release toward the end of the year, we can expect an official reveal sometime within the next couple of months, and if we’re lucky, an open beta over the summer!