Activision’s Call of Duty release schedule has always been the same for years. The company has rotated between three studios, with Treyarch giving us a Black Ops game every three years like clockwork. They are always on time with this schedule. However, there may be a shakeup in 2020. Some sources are claiming that Activision has changed from this original plan, where Raven and Sledgehammer would produce a single-player themed game, and Treyarch would be taking the lead with Black Ops 5. It would still be set in the Cold War, but Raven and Sledgehammer would support studios adding a story to Treyarch’s title.
This would also be a “cross-gen” game that releases on the next-generation PlayStation and Xbox consoles alongside the PS4 and Xbox One. This year’s game is said to be a return to Modern Warfare, and might include a free-to-play element similar to Fortnite or Apex Legends. That’s apparently not set in stone according to the rumor.
So why is this happening? We don’t know. Raven and Sledgehammer have reportedly “argued frequently” during the development of the 2020 game, while Sledgehammer co-founders Michael Condrey and Glen Schofield are gone. Also, dozens of other employees have left. If the report is true, Activision may not have had much choice. As long as we get good games there’s not much to complain about.