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Activision hint at next Call of Duty and tease new remasters on the way

by Brad Norton
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Throughout a February 6 earnings call, Activision commented on the next Call of Duty title set to release in 2020 and also teased a number of remasters could be in the works.

It’s no surprise that a new Call of Duty title is set to release in 2020 following on from Infinity Ward’s launch of Modern Warfare in 2019. 

Yet throughout a recent earnings call, also Activision shed new light on a few other plans for the calendar year, and unveiled new details regarding other titles that could be arriving in the juggernaut FPS franchise.

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Activision is responsible for a number of popular titles outside of CoD such as Crash Bandicoot and Guitar Hero.

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While it’s a given at this point a new Call of Duty title will be released in the fourth quarter of each year, Activision confirmed in the earnings call that the next entry in the series will indeed follow suit. 

No other information regarding the upcoming entry was disclosed throughout the conversation, but that confirms there is no official developer that has been attached to the upcoming 2020 fourth-quarter release just yet.

Typically operating on a three-year development cycle, Call of Duty projects alternate between Infinity Ward, Sledgehammer Games, and Treyarch.

Infinity Ward launched Modern Warfare in 2019, which eliminates them from the new release, but there has been no clear indication from Activision in regards to whether the next iteration will be helmed by Treyarch or Sledgehammer.

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Sledgehammer's last full title was Call of Duty: WWII.

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Additionally, Activision hinted that a number of ‘remastered’ and ‘reimagined’ titles are set to be revealed later in the year.

While this could indicate that beloved Call of Duty titles of the past are being remade for the next generation of console hardware, the publisher did not explicitly state the Call of Duty franchise would be the focus of these new projects.

Only time will tell if a Modern Warfare 2 or Black Ops remaster is on the way. Given the rerelease of Modern Warfare in 2016 however, it could be a safe assumption that at least one CoD specific remaster is in the works.

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Infinity Ward's remaster of Modern Warfare released to much fanfare in 2016.

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With the next Modern Warfare season beginning next week, Activision highlighted impressive sales for the title and teased new surprises could be on the way.

Leaks have pointed to a potential battle royale mode being introduced. Perhaps that’s the next big surprise coming to Modern Warfare in the near future.