Which if you've been following Call of Duty
's recent development history would mean that Treyarch
would be taking over the spot many expected to be filled by Sledgehammer Games
(Call of Duty: WWII, Advanced Warfare) and support studio Raven. The report comes via Kotaku
, citing sources close to the project, adding that it will also be a new entry in the Black Ops
Which Treyarch has been releasing every three years for the past decade. Although Call of Duty 2019 is expected to be revealed any-day now, with it rumoured to be a new entry in the Modern Warfare series from Infinity Ward, next year's entry being switched up means a pretty major shakeup for the franchise - something not seen since the early parts of the decade.
According to the report Treyarch will take lead with Sledgehammer and Raven moving to a support role. There's even word that the campaign, which was to be a Cold War-era Vietnam story developed by Raven, is being changed to better suit the Black Ops branding.
As for the reasoning for the change, the report indicates that there has been considerable tension between the teams at Sledgehammer and Raven. So much so that Call of Duty 2020 is described by some as "a mess". And so this movie by Activision, putting Treyarch in charge, makes sense. It's also worth noting that the report indicated that certain developers are dreading a grueling cycle of crunch due to the short lead-time to turn the project around. Which also has the distinction of probably being the first Call of Duty game to be released for next-gen consoles.