Call of Duty development has been a rotating hand-off for years, but it looks like Treyarch will break the cycle come 2020. A report has surfaced saying that Raven Software and Sledgehammer Games won't be handling the 2020 Call of Duty anymore, handing it off to Treyarch instead for a new Black Ops.
The report comes via Jason Schreier at Kotaku, who says three people "familiar with goings-on at the companies" have told him as much. His report says the 2020 Call of Duty had been assigned a "leadership role" alongside Sledgehammer, makers of Advanced Warfare, to develop a Call of Duty game set during the Cold War.
Now, according to the report, Treyarch is taking creative leadership on the project, creating Black Ops 5 with support from the two studios, whose work will reportedly be turned into a single-player story mode for the game. This is sure to be a point of interest for many Call of Duty fans who felt spurned by Treyarch's Black Ops 4, which ditched a traditional campaign mode in favor of multiplayer options.
Schreier also says it will likely be a cross-gen game, coinciding with the launch of the next generation of consoles. According to his report, one primary reason behind this change is tension between Raven and Sledgehammer, whose staff reportedly clashed during development up until now; two familiar with the project reportedly described it as a "mess." This also comes amid upheaval at parent company Activision, which laid off a number of developers earlier this year.
Call of Duty has been in rotating development for several years now, as each studio takes turns creating and releasing their own version of the annualized series. Treyarch developed last years' Black Ops 4, which added a battle royale mode with its own standalone version. Infinity Ward is up this year, with an unannounced Call of Duty.