Published: Tue, May 21, 2019
Tech | By Constance Martin

Treyarch Takes Over Call of Duty 2020 Amid Inter-Studio Turmoil

Treyarch Takes Over Call of Duty 2020 Amid Inter-Studio Turmoil

According to a report from Kotaku's Jason Schreier, Call of Duty's 2020 incarnation is set to be helmed by Treyarch.

Since 2012, Call of Duty has had a clear development cycle - you get a Black Ops game from Treyarch, followed by an Infinity Ward game (Ghosts, Infinite Warfare), and then one developed by Sledgehammer Games (Advanced Warfare, WW2). Instead, the 2020-due Call of Duty has reportedly become Call of Duty: Black Ops 5 developed by Treyarch, with Sledgehammer Games and Raven Software serving as support.

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That's according to a new report by Kotaku, which spoke with three anonymous sources with knowledge of what's up at Activision. Last year, it was the turn of Treyarch who released the campaign-less Black Ops 4 in October, whilst this year's title is expected to be Modern Warfare 4 from Infinity Ward. There's no way the publisher will miss a yearly release, so that could mean the series shifts back to the two-year cycle it used to be on, which will only lead to even more pressure on the developers themselves, as well as less creativity overall between the sub-franchises. Kotaku's sources say that Cold War setting will be folded into Treyarch's vision for Black Ops 5. The sources indicated that both staffs argued frequently over the past year. After all, Treyarch just put out Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 this past November, and it's expected that employees at the studio will have to work serious overtime to meet deadlines for Black Ops 5. It is now being developed by Infinity Ward who previously worked on Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare.

The other major news connected to this project is that it will be the first Call of Duty game to feature on the PS5. Two people familiar with the project told Kotaku it was a mess. We're here to talk about the 2019 Call of Duty release, which was touched on, briefly, in Schreier's report. Schreier writes that the studio's developers are "already bracing for brutal overtime hours like they faced past year on Black Ops 4", with the note that "We'll have more to share about Treyarch and the development of Black Ops 4 in the coming weeks". "Join the Infinity Ward team for a panel discussing the next installment of the critically-acclaimed Call of Duty franchise".

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