Treyarch Takes Over Call of Duty 2020 Amid Inter-Studio Turmoil

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The Call of Duty title due out in 2020-not to be confused with the 2019-due Call of Duty rumored to be a new Modern Warfare-will no longer be led by Sledgehammer Games and Raven Software, who until now had led the project, according to a Kotaku report.

According to a new report by Kotaku, Treyarch, which just released Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 a year ago, will be taking over development duties from Raven Software and Sledgehammer Games to develop Call of Duty 2020 as Black Ops 5.

However, Kotaku's report suggests that this has changed, partly as a result of recent leadership changes within Sledgehammer and disagreements between the studio and Raven. But according to the report the work that was already made by Sledgehammer and Raven will be rolled into a singleplayer campaign for the next title, which is said to be Black Ops 5. The game's earnings surpassed previous titles, including Black Ops 3. The sources indicated that both staffs argued frequently over the past year.

Raven and Sledgehammer's game would take Call of Duty back to Vietnam, throw in a new single-player campaign and be set during the Cold War era. Some developers are anxious about the amount of overtime this change will cause, as Black Ops 5 will now have less development time than initially planned. After all, Treyarch just put out Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 this past November, and it's expected that employees at the studio will have to work serious overtime to meet deadlines for Black Ops 5. In February 2018, Kotaku broke the news that Sledgehammer's co-founders, Michael Condrey and Glen Schofield, had left the studio.

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Schreier piece contained a timeline showing which developers have been working on Call of Duty since 2012. Two people familiar with the project told Kotaku it was a mess. Advanced Warfare was released by Sledgehammer in 2014, followed by Treyarch's Black Ops III in 2015 and Infinity Ward's Infinite Warfare in 2016.

The good news is that Call of Duty 2019 will be at this year's E3 gaming expo, despite Activision not attending the event.

It's unclear how this change will impact the Call of Duty franchise moving forward.