Launched last year to coincide with the arrival of the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, Call Of Duty: Black Ops Cold War went down a treat with our own Phil Boon. With a "gripping single-player story" and never-before-seen options to customise the character and direct the story, he said that the developer "brings the heat to the Cold War era, plugging a key period in time and filling it with deniable operations which make it a must play title in the Black Ops franchise."
Since then, the game has been tied to Warzone with seasonal updates that refresh the exciting multiplayer modes and allow players to unlock goodies from across the two titles. Indeed, Activision is very conscious of the success that the latter has seen, raking in $3 billion from microtransactions in 2020. As a result, Warzone will be "central" to the next Call Of Duty games in development now and in the future, which makes sense.
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Recently, Battle.net (the platform for all PC titles under Activision's umbrella) got an update that added an internal alpha to the service. It didn't take long for fans to scoop up the information and send it out into the wilds of the Internet, so this is what it looks like:
This alpha has the name "Slipstream" and has a very rugged logo, with white and red stripes either side of the title. Tom Henderson, a notable industry insider who was correct on a number of fronts for Battlefield 2042, corroborated that "Slipstream" is the codename for Call Of Duty 2021 and that it is taking place during World War II. We know that Sledgehammer Games is the studio driving the development of the next Call Of Duty game, and we also know that the last entry that was solely the work of the studio was Call of Duty: WWII.
While neither Activision nor Sledgehammer Games have specifically stated the theme of the new game, rumours are rife that the team is returning to what they know and turning the clocks back again on the series. Furthermore, Video Games Chronicle is confident that Warzone is getting a World War II map to celebrate the new game, and that it would be much larger than players will anticipate with historically accurate vehicles. Say sayonara to the dirt bike then. We'll let you know what happens next with the mysterious arrival of Slipstream when we hear more about the alpha.
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