It seems as though Treyarch is taking over the development of Activision’s Call of Duty 2020 game from Raven and Sledgehammer. Each year since 2012, Activision has had Treyarch, Infinity Ward, and Sledgehammer make a game on a cycle; with this change, the cycle is broken and Treyarch will deliver its next Black Ops entry a year earlier than planned, according to three people familiar with the decision.
Raven and Sledgehammer were allegedly working on a Call of Duty title set during the Cold War, but under the new plans they will take their work and contribute it towards the single-player campaign in Black Ops 5 which is also set in that time period. The change will be welcomed by players who were disappointed at the lack of a single-player campaign in Black Ops 4.
According to two of the sources that spoke with Kotaku about the matter, one of the key reasons behind the change of project lead was due to arguments between Raven and Sledgehammer staff regarding the development of Call of Duty game originally planned for next year. Under the new plan, these two firms will become junior partners under the lead of Treyarch which has developed titles such as World at War, and the Black Ops series.
It’s expected that the 2020 Call of Duty game will bridge across console generations, making it one of the first Call of Duty games on the upcoming PlayStation and Xbox consoles which are due in 2020. It should also be available for customers who want it for the current generation of consoles.