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Activision responds to rumors Call of Duty 2020 has been delayed

Published: 7/May/2020 4:26 Updated: 7/May/2020 8:46

by Isaac McIntyre

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Call of Duty publishers Activision have finally confirmed the franchise’s highly-anticipated 2020 release is “on track” for the series’ usual Q4 release, despite rumors Treyarch’s next title may have halted behind the scenes.

New titles in the Call of Duty mega-franchise have become as commonplace as Christmas or a birthday. Every year since 2005 ⁠— when the game became a series with Call of Duty 2 ⁠— has seen a new blockbuster release drop.

2020 may have seen that 15-year streak broken though, if rumors surrounding the next title, and it’s potential delays, were to be believed. Even before the ongoing global situation forced devs to work from home, there were concerns.

Luckily, those concerns seem to have been misplaced. Activision COO Daniel Alegre confirmed the Call of Duty 2020 title is “on track for release later this year” during a May 5 earnings call, despite the “challenges” the devs are facing.

“The shift to remote working does add complexity in some areas of the game development process. We are implementing mitigation measures to address each of these areas,” he said. “This includes the next premium release of Call of Duty.”

Call of Duty's 2020 release ⁠— rumored to be set during Vietnam war ⁠— is on schedule despite rumors to the contrary.
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Call of Duty’s 2020 release ⁠— rumored to be set during Vietnam war ⁠— is on schedule despite rumors to the contrary.

What do we know about Call of Duty’s 2020 release?

Alegre did add the as-yet-untitled game “already looks great”. He remained tight-lipped on details about when and where it would be set, however. He also avoided confirming which studio is currently helming the project.

That said, it’s practically an open secret Treyarch have been tasked with developing the 2020 title, after Activision chose to sideline Sledgehammer Games. The swap saw the studio slapped with a shorter two-year turnaround as a result.

Originally tipped to be set in the Cold War era, it now looks like Treyarch pivoted to a Vietnam setting soon after taking over the project. Prominent leaks also suggested the devs will leave their famous Black Ops storyline behind.

Activision’s Q1 calls did not include a potential reveal timeline. Confirmation the title is “on track,” however, suggests the usual roll-out schedule should apply. That means fans should see the first details by the end of May.

Warzone is still very much front-and-center for Call of Duty's plans, despite the 2020 release coming on-schedule.
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Warzone is still very much front-and-center for Call of Duty’s plans, despite the 2020 release coming on-schedule.

The franchise’s 2020 release is full steam ahead, but what does that mean for Warzone? According to Activision, these behind-the-scenes plans haven’t slowed down ambitions regarding their battle royale title just yet either.

Alegre confirmed Modern Warfare ⁠— and its huge new battle royale ⁠— is now the best-selling release in the series. With seasonal updates still rolling out, and big future plans in the works, Warzone isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.

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CoD Mobile devs confirm iconic weapon coming in Season 14

Published: 16/Jan/2021 16:47

by Connor Bennett

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The Call of Duty Mobile devs have revealed that one iconic CoD weapon is coming in 2021’s Season 1 update, and it should be recognizable to any long-time CoD fan.

For years, Call of Duty fans have begged Infinity Ward, Treyarch, Activision, and anyone else who will listen, for a game that takes the best part of all previous releases and puts them into one.

Increasingly, we’re seeing more map remakes, classic weapons returning, and even character crossovers thanks to Warzone, but it’s CoD Mobile that really fits the bill of what that all-encompassing CoD game would be.

The mobile game has maps from CoD 4: Modern Warfare, Black Ops 1, as well as weapons from Advanced Warfare and even Black Ops 3 and 4. With the first major update of 2021 just around the corner, the devs have started teasing what’s coming next, and we’re getting more throwbacks.

Ghost in CoD mobile and the Crossfire map
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CoD Mobile has characters, maps, and weapons from almost every modern Call of Duty game.

Even though CoD Mobile is currently, as of writing, in Season 13, when the first major update of 2021 hits, we’ll be back to Season 1. Just like how Fortnite is now Fortnite Chapter 2, Season 5.

Regardless, when players finally get to play the new season update, they’ll be able to wield the FAMAS. Yes, the iconic Call of Duty weapon, that has been in a whole host of CoD games is finally arriving in CoD Mobile.

The devs confirmed the news on January 16, tweeting out their first teaser for the new season. “A new weapon is approaching! Can you guess what it is?” they said, with an image and it’s fairly obvious that the weapon in question is the FAMAS.

The name of the iconic weapon might get a slight tweak when it is added to CoD Mobile. The devs have tweaked the names of other recognizable guns before, just to give it a new feel for the mobile game.

There’s also the question of whether it’ll be as powerful as it was, say, back in Black Ops 1. Hopefully, we don’t have to wait too long.