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Kotaku Report: Call of Duty 2020 Now Black Ops 5, Sledgehammer Project Ceased - News

by Adam Cartwright , posted on 18 May 2019 / 1,974 Views

According to a report published by Jason Schreier on Kotaku, Activision's plans for Call of Duty heading forward over the next few years have been upheaved due to issues with the title being worked on by Sledgehammer Games and Raven Software which was due for release in 2020.

Call of Duty is currently on a three-yearly rotation between studios Infinity Ward, Sledgehammer Games and Treyarch. This meant we received WWII in 2017 (from Sledgehammer), Black Ops IIII in 2018 (from Treyarch) and are due an Infinity Ward title this year (heavily rumoured to be Modern Warfare 4). As such, the next game is due to come from Sledgehammer in 2020, but Kotaku reports that development on this title has ceased and the team have been assigned to help Treyarch accelerate production on Black Ops 5

Apparently, Sledgehammer and Raven Software were co-developing a Call of Duty game based on the Cold War for release in 2020, but tensions between the two studios led the project into difficulties which in turn led to its ultimate cancellation. The single-player content is currently being re-purposed into a campaign for Black Ops 5 (fixing one of the largest criticisms from Black Ops IIII), although reportedly the two-year development cycle is already causing issues at Treyarch due to the already-heavy overtime needed to ship Black Ops IIII in time.


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6 Comments

StriderKiwi (on 18 May 2019)

Wow. That's horrible new for CoD 2020 and anything there after. Black ops 4 already felt rushed as is, and has had the worst schedule for releasing post release content.


PAOerfulone (on 19 May 2019)

Rushing CoD and having a shorter development window as you get ready for next gen systems? Not a good sign.


teamsilent13 (on 19 May 2019)

They used to only spend a little over a year on a COD game since they were focusing on DLC and research for the next game. I don't understand what the problem is with two years. I think a lot of people in general work better under pressure so maybe this is a change that will motivate Vonderhaar and others to really deliver next time. I don't know if we will ever get a real COD game in atmosphere anymore because it seems no one is interested in making a serious war game anymore (looking at BF5 and that revisionist history crap that is taking place in the industry). I still hope they remaster BO1 and/or BO2 before Vonderhaar calls it quits. I did not like what they did in BO3 or BO4 with campaign or multiplayer. Zombies has been hit or miss in its many changes, and there's no excuse that the game doesn't have leaderboards yet.


shikamaru317 (on 18 May 2019)

Ugh, what awful news. I dislike the Black Ops series, and rushing Black Ops 5 out with only 2 years of development will make it particularly meh. Was really hoping for another WW2 CoD from Sledgehammer in 2020. This sucks. Well, at least we have Modern Warfare 4 coming this year, Modern Warfare is my favorite CoD sub-IP.


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Random_Matt (on 18 May 2019)

Didn't know they still made COD.


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fuallmofus (on 19 May 2019)

And having trouble making this copy/paste garbage for lil kiddys. Hahahah f pathetic.


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