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The next Call of Duty title is rumoured to be set in World War II, which is a very curious choice when we consider who is said to be developing Call of Duty 2021.
A slew of speculation places Sledgehammer Games at the helm of the next title, though neither the studio nor the publisher have acknowledged the whispers at the time of writing. Sledgehammer Games has been a support studio for the core entries to the series, and have helped out on Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, and most recently, Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War with Treyarch and Raven Software. Formed in 2009, the only Call of Duty titles that Sledgehammer Games has developed on its own are Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare and Call of Duty: WWII. That's funny. Isn't Victor Z, a fairly accurate and established Call of Duty leaker, also saying that the next Call of Duty will be set in that period of history too?
Answer: they are. They are absolutely saying that. Couple this with the announcement from Activision stating that the company is very interested in continuing to capitalise on the remakes and remasters trend. "We have a few other things up our sleeve in terms of remastered content that will unveil in due course, which should provide further opportunity for us this year," said chief financial officer Dennis Durkin in its earnings call on its Q4 2020 fiscal performance. Call of Duty: WWII didn't do too badly when it launched for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in 2017. One of its drawbacks was that it felt a little too like the other World War II titles on the market, so remaking the game for the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X could give it an opportunity to shine in the spotlight.
On the other hand, only on Tuesday did we hear that Call of Duty 2021 will take place in the Korean War, which spanned 1950 to 1953. Call Of Duty: Guerrilla Warfare (its alleged title) would have a single-player campaign exploring the conflicts between South Korea and North Korea. South Korea had the support of the United Nations, including the United States, whereas North Korea relied on China and the Soviet Union. A handful of reliable leakers have thrown their lot in with this claim, and so we'll have to sit tight and see when and where Call of Duty 2021 will end up.
Furthermore, Treyarch has had its nose to the grindstone developing an "open-world Zombies" mode, titled Outbreak. Thanks to a leak, we got a glimpse into what the game may be like, and there will be a range of enemy types, possible map fast travel, and free-roam areas. It's important to remember that this leaked data might be out-of-date by now, so some of these discoveries might not have made it into the finished product. However, as aforementioned, it offers a generalised picture, and we really like what we see. An open-world Zombies mode? It's a wonder that it's not been attempted before. We'll let you know when the official reveal rolls out.
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