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London Call of Duty franchise announce ‘Royal Ravens’ branding

Published: 15/Oct/2019 16:31 Updated: 15/Oct/2019 17:12

by Joe Craven

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London’s CoD franchise has revealed the branding and team name it will operate under during Modern Warfare’s Call of Duty League, confirming previous leaks. 

Ahead of the inaugural Call of Duty League season, leaks and rumors are swirling around the rosters and franchises. All 12 franchises and their cities have been confirmed, but player rosters and franchise branding remain up in the air for many. 

The London Call of Duty franchise – one of only three based outside of North America – has previously confirmed their roster but had not yet revealed the name and branding.

ActivisionThe Call of Duty League has three confirmed franchises from outside NA: London, Toronto and Paris.

In an announcement on October 15, London CoD confirmed that they will be operating under the name ‘London Royal Ravens’, as well as revealing the branding and logo accompanying their organization. 

They are owned and operated by ReKT Global, the company behind the Rogue LEC team, as well having numerous famous investors, including Steve Aoki and Nicky Romero.

They will be managed by esports veteran Michael ‘ODEE’ O’Dell and feature a European line up; all British apart from the Irish Jordan ‘Jurd’ Crowley. 

“The Royal Ravens are hungry, passionate, and scrappy and look forward to bringing the championship title back to the homeland,” said an organization statement. 

They also explained the origin of the name, stemming from the Ravens of the Tower of London, one of the city’s most prestigious landmarks.

“The Ravens represent the guardians of London,” the organization said. “In remaining true to the legend, the Royal Ravens will protect their crown by ensuring the kingdom doesn’t fall and that they bring the championship title back to the homeland.”

ReKT GlobalThe logo and branding for London Royal Ravens.

The full London Royal Ravens roster is as follows:

  • Brad ‘Wuskin’ Marshall
  • Matthew ‘Skrapz’ Marshall
  • Dylan ‘Dylan’ Henderson
  • Jordan ‘Jurd’ Crowley
  • Rhys ‘Rated’ Price

They have also confirmed their coaches, with Joee as head coach, ShAnE as strategic coach, and Dominate as assistant coach.

There has been something of a resurgence in attitudes towards coaches over the last season of competitive Call of Duty, as many push for a rule change to allow coaches back on stage and into in-game communications. 

Many CoD franchises are sorting their rosters and announcing branding, with Seattle suggesting we can expect an announcement on October 21, while the full 10-man roster of Toronto’s franchise has apparently been leaked

For all the latest regarding the CDL, stay tuned to Dexerto. 

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CoD 2021 leaks: Release date, next Call of Duty developer, rumors

Published: 15/Jan/2021 17:11

by James Busby

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From credible rumors to speculated release dates, find out everything you need to know about Call of Duty 2021. 

The ever-popular Call of Duty series has remained a staple pick for those looking to show off their quick reflexes and eagle-eyed aim. Whether you enjoy futuristic firefights or prefer the boots on the ground approach, Call of Duty has delivered numerous experiences over the years.

From the brutal battlefields of WWII to present-day conflicts, the series has continually visited and revisited numerous theatres of war with each new entry. 

With the next title on the horizon, let’s run through everything we know about CoD 2021. 

CoD 2021 release date

Black Ops Cold War screenshot
Activision / Treyarch
Black Ops Cold War is the latest title to be released.

As of writing, we don’t have an official release date set for Call of Duty 2021. However, that hasn’t stopped us from making an educated guess. By following similar CoD release title trends, it’s fair to speculate that the game will release in early to mid-November. 

After all, the previous Call of Duty games all had November releases. Here’s a brief timeline of previous CoD release dates: 

  • Call of Duty 3: November 7, 2006
  • Modern Warfare: November 7, 2007
  • World at War: November 11, 2008
  • Modern Warfare 2: November 10, 2009
  • Black Ops: November 9, 2010
  • Modern Warfare 3: November 8, 2011
  • Black Ops II: November 13, 2012
  • Ghosts: November 5, 2013
  • Advanced Warfare: November 4, 2014
  • Black Ops III: November 6, 2015
  • Infinite Warfare: November 4, 2016
  • WWII: November 3, 2017
  • Black Ops 4: October 12, 2018
  • Black Ops Cold War: November 13, 2020

While Infinity Ward changed things up with the release of Modern Warfare on October 25, 2019, it is more than likely that CoD 2021 will keep to the usual November schedule. 

Call of Duty 2021 developer

Call of Duty WWII screenshot
Activision / Sledgehammer Games
Sledgehammer’s last release was Call of Duty WWII.

So, now that we have an idea of when Call of Duty 2021 could release, who exactly is in charge of developing it? Well, if we take a look at the development cycle of the franchise, we might just get a few clues. 

Firstly, the three main studios developing the core Call of Duty games are Infinity Ward, Treyarch, and Sledgehammer Games. Raven Software could be given the reigns, but this is unlikely, especially given they mainly focus on assisting each studio. 

The last four CoD games were developed by the following studios: 

  • Black Ops 4: Treyarch (2018)
  • Modern Warfare: Infinity Ward (2019)
  • Warzone: Infinity Ward / Raven Software (2020)
  • Black Ops Cold War: Treyarch / Raven Software (2020)

Judging from the timeline above, the most obvious candidate for Call of Duty 2021 is Sledgehammer Games. The developers behind CoD WWII have been missing from action since 2017, which would indicate that they have been busy working on the next big release. 

Sledgehammer Games and Raven Software were tasked with releasing the next CoD game in 2020, but disagreements between the two arose, leading Treyarch to take the lead role. Sledgehammer’s title was then developed into Black Ops Cold War.

Quite how much of the project was reworked into Cold War remains to be seen, but it does seem likely that Sledgehammer Games would use this time to begin working on another title. If this wasn’t evident enough, last year, Sledgehammer reportedly hired 150 new staff and stated that they were actively working on multiple projects

Combine this with the fact that Infinity Ward has only just wrapped up development on Modern Warfare and Treyarch is still busy working on content for Black Ops Cold War – and you have a pretty strong case. 

Call of Duty 2021 rumors

Advanced Warfare screenshot
Activision / Sledgehammer Games
Could a prequel to Advanced Warfare be in the works?

There have been a lot of rumors surrounding Call of Duty 2021, with many fans speculating that the Sledgehammer could be making another entry in the Advanced Warfare series. However, renowned Call of Duty leaker, Tom Henderson believes that if that is the case, the game will be a prequel. 

“Warzone is going to have a Sledgehammer Games integration,” says Henderson. The whole purpose of Warzone is to convert free-to-play players into paid players by purchasing whichever title is integrated at the time. I just can’t see an EM1 laser rifle being in Warzone, it just doesn’t make sense to me.”

This would be a jarring experience, particularly given Warzone’s arsenal currently utilizes real-world weaponry. Having highly futuristic guns could also upset the current balance of the game as well, an area Activision is constantly aiming to control. 

“Maybe we could see a Call of Duty WWII title, possibly like WWII but maybe a prequel or sequel. It would make a lot more sense for the weapons to be integrated into Warzone. It could be a modern or even a future title, but not set too far into the future where it wouldn’t make sense for the Warzone integration.”

While Henderson’s leaks have been correct in the past, these are just rumors and should be treated lightly. 

Call of Duty 2021 leaks

As for Call of Duty 2021 leaks, there has been no footage, screenshots, or box art showcasing the new title. Of course, you can expect to see the usual photoshopped images, blurry box art, fake emails, and rickrolls that come with every new Call of Duty release. 

Once we have any credible information, we’ll update this section further. 

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