Treyarch is the confirmed developer of the next Call of Duty game.
That confirmation came during an Activision investor’s call in which the studio announced that developer Treyarch will be developing the 2018 edition of Call of Duty. Treyarch later tweeted out they “can’t wait to share more” about what they are working on.
As for what they are working on, a report by Eurogamer suggests that the next Call of Duty game will be Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. That report cites multiple sources close to the development of the game who claim that Treyarch – the developer of the other Black Ops games – is working on a new Black Ops title that is set to release before the end of the year. However, Treyarch and Activision have yet to confirm that Black Ops 4 will be the next Call of Duty game.
Based on vague information that may or may not come to fruition, it seems that this next Black Ops game will move beyond the heavy sci-fi settings of Black Ops 3. Instead, this next game will employ a more “grounded” setting that occurs in an unspecified era.
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As previous Black Ops games have taken us as far back as the Cold War, we’re willing to guess that this game might go as far back as World War II or will otherwise present some kind of alternate take on modern combat.
All other information surrounding the development of this game is a bit up in the air at the moment. However, some reports suggest that Treyarch is even working on a Switch version of Black Ops 4. Whether or not that version of the game will launch alongside the other versions of Black Ops 4 has not been confirmed at this time.
It seems logical enough that the next Call of Duty title would be Black Ops 4 considering the previous release schedule of recent Call of Duty games. Recently, Black Ops games have arrived on a three-year release schedule and it has been three years since the last Black Ops title. Furthermore, the Black Ops games have historically sold quite well in comparison to even the “main” games in the Call of Duty franchise.
What is somewhat surprising is the notion that Black Ops 4‘s setting may be impacted by the negative reception to recent Call of Duty titles. Historically, the Black Ops games have kind of marched to their own beat. As such, it’s admittedly odd to consider that the next installment in the franchise may adopt a more crowd-pleasing setting and tone. Of course, we have no doubt that some of the trademark weirdness of Black Ops series will live on regardless of the era this game happens to take place in.