Next yr’s annual Call of Duty might be a Black Ops title, with Treyarch taking the lead position in growth, in line with a brand new report primarily based on sources acquainted with the sequence’ growth. Activision has taken builders Raven and Sledgehammer out of the lead growth position and directed Treyarch to make use of current work to develop a brand new title within the Black Ops sequence.

That’s in line with a new report by Kotaku, which spoke with three nameless sources with data of what’s up at Activision. Raven and Sledgehammer had been engaged on subsequent yr’s Call of Duty title, which was to be set in the course of the Cold War, with at the least a few of the recreation’s story set in Vietnam. Now, Sledgehammer and Raven will transfer into supporting roles for Treyarch, which is able to lead growth on Black Ops 5. That recreation can be reportedly set within the Cold War.

That offers Treyarch simply two years to drag collectively a completed title, reasonably than the traditional three-year interval Activision’s developer secure normally will get to construct new Call of Duty titles. Since 2012, the writer has had Treyarch, Sledgehammer, and Infinity Ward on a staggered cycle to launch a Call of Duty recreation yearly.

But in line with Kotaku’s reporting, the partnership between Sledgehammer and Raven has not gone effectively, and employees from the 2 studios have argued ceaselessly over the course of the event of subsequent yr’s Call of Duty.

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Last yr, Sledgehammer co-founders Michael Condrey and Glen Schofield left the studio, at first to tackle “new government duties” at Activision, however ultimately leaving the corporate utterly.

Kotaku’s sources say Black Ops 5 will convert the work already achieved on Call of Duty 2020’s single-player marketing campaign right into a Black Ops storyline, which can come as a welcome aid to gamers disenchanted by the dearth of a single-player marketing campaign in final yr’s Black Ops 4.