Activision has announced that Sledgehammer Games is developing Call of Duty 2021, which will release in Q4 this year.
During the company’s Q4 investor call, Activision executives confirmed that there will be a new Call of Duty releasing later this year.
The company stated that they are looking forward to sharing more information on the ‘next premium entry’ into the Call of Duty franchise.
The big news from the call is that Activision also confirmed that Sledgehammer Games is developing the 2021 title, the first time Activision has mentioned a development studio for the game.
The game is “being built” for next-generation consoles & PC, Activision executives said. Executives also said that the title “will integrate with and enhance the Call of Duty ecosystem.”
“In particular, we are very excited for this year’s premium Call of Duty release. Development is being led by Sledgehammer Games and the game is looking great and on track for its fall release,” said Activision Blizzard Chief Operating Officer.
“This is a built for next generation experience with stunning visuals across campaign, multiplayer and co-operative modes of play, designed to both integrate with and enhance the existing COD ecosystem. We look forward to sharing more details with the community soon.”
The studio also tweeted in correlation with the news:
Rumors state that Sledgehammer Games will return to World War II era with title, with its name set to be ‘WWII Vanguard.’
Sledgehammer Games‘ last release was in 2017, which was Call of Duty: WWII. The studio has had a rough few years after losing many of the team members following the co-founders departure. The studio has rebuilt, with over 150 new hires in 2020.
There have been a lot of unverified (and fake) rumors suggesting that there wouldn’t be a new premium Call of Duty game this year, but now Activision has re-confirmed that there will in fact be a new game this fall.
When the company plans to reveal the game remains to be seen.
Activision’s President confirmed in a recent interview that Call of Duty: Warzone’s success has changed how they plan to market Call of Duty. They have stated that the change could lead to revealing of their games to be “later in the year” than before.
As always, stay tuned on the latest on Call of Duty 2021.
Call of Duty 2021: Release date, title, developers, rumors & leaks
Here’s everything we currently know about Call of Duty 2021, including the release date, time period, and Warzone integration.
Call of Duty 2021 is officially on the horizon, and here’s everything we know about the upcoming game’s release date, who’s developing it, leaks, and more.
As always, a new year means a new Call of Duty game. The upcoming Call of Duty 2021 release is as mysterious as it is exciting, and we’re sure to get another year of Warzone updates combined with a brand new (or returning) setting for the franchise.
With the resounding success of Modern Warfare, Warzone, and Black Ops Cold War, the 2021 iteration of Call of Duty is sure to be a huge release. Cold War has now completely integrated with Warzone, bringing the game to the 1980s, and with 2021’s game set to integrate too, the game’s setting has never been more important.
Here’s everything we know about Call of Duty 2021.
CoD 2021 title
There is a rumor from ModernWarzone that the working title for the 2021 Call of Duty is ‘WWII Vanguard.’ This title adds credibility to the potential of this being a World War game, as Vanguard is the foremost part of an advancing army or naval force.
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While ModernWarzone believes this title may be changed in the future, Eurogamer “understands Activision’s current plan is to stick with the Vanguard subtitle for the final version.”
There has been no official word from Activision yet, and plans could certainly change in the future.
CoD 2021 setting and time period
One rumor suggests that the 2021 game will be set during the World War II era again, and Eurogamer reported that this will be true.
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ModernWarzone claimed that CoD: WWII Vanguard would be an alternate history version of WWII set in the 1950s. However, Eurogamer’s sources disputed this information, saying it would be a “traditional WW2 setting.”
We should get more teasers for the game in the coming months. Leaks, as always, will be tough to decipher, with plenty of community members posting fake leaks for each new CoD game.
Which studio is developing CoD 2021?
In Activision’s Q4 earnings call, they confirmed that a new Call of Duty game will be releasing in 2021, with Sledgehammer Games in charge of development.
Sledgehammer released Call of Duty: WWII in 2017 but faced difficulties after their co-founders and many of the team members left. However, Sledgehammer hired over 150 new people to the studio in 2020, and recently opened a new studio in Toronto.
Activision said that “Development is being led by Sledgehammer Games and the game is looking great and on track for its fall release.”
CoD 2021 release date
Call of Duty games traditionally release in November. However, Modern Warfare and Black Ops 4 were both released in October. Ideally, Call of Duty targets the first Friday of every November, as we saw for the releases of CoD WW2 and Infinite Warfare.
The Friday tradition started with Black Ops 3, where games before saw releases on the first Tuesday of November. Below you can read some of the recent Call of Duty releases.
- Advanced Warfare: November 4, 2014
- Black Ops III: November 6, 2015
- Infinite Warfare: November 4, 2016
- WWII: November 3, 2017
- Black Ops 4: October 12, 2018
- Modern Warfare: October 25, 2019
- Black Ops Cold War: November 13, 2020
We could expect this year’s Call of Duty game to release on either the first or second Friday of November 2021. That gives us a possible date of either the 5th or 12th of November.
There is still no confirmation on when the game will be revealed. Activision’s president confirmed in a recent interview that their games could be released “later in the year” than before. It will perhaps be revealed through an in-game event in Warzone, similar to Cold War’s reveal.
What engine will CoD 2021 run on?
One of the biggest talking points when discussing Black Ops Cold War and Warzone is the engine. Infinity Ward brought an entirely new, more realistic-feeling engine with Modern Warfare and Warzone, while Cold War used an updated version of the Black Ops 3 engine with a more classic CoD feel.
With players often switching between Cold War and Warzone, the engine shift can feel jarring, so fans are keen to find out which engine CoD 2021 will run on.
A report by VGC claims that 2021’s Call of Duty will be on Modern Warfare’s engine. This means the game will likely have the same feel as MW and Warzone and will run similarly, boasting the same improvements to realism and performance.
Activision has also said that “the game is “being built” for next-generation consoles & PC,” but there’s no confirmation if the game will also release for the Xbox One and PS4.
Will CoD 2021 integrate with Warzone?
Black Ops Cold War integrated with Warzone at the launch of its first season, bringing across Operators, weapons, and even Zombies.
Activision have stated that they intend to keep Warzone at the ‘front and center’ of Call of Duty for a long time, and in the Q4 investor call, Activision confirmed that CoD 2021 is “designed to both integrate with and enhance the existing COD ecosystem.”
While the game will most likely share weapons and progression, it’s uncertain if the integration will go any deeper. WW2 is a vastly different setting from Cold War, especially Modern Warfare, so developers will face challenges in fully integrating these time periods.
And as for a new map, VGC’s sources also say that this will be “uncertain” because of “scheduling issues and shift in setting.” There could be a potential revamp in the first half of 2022, similar to Verdansk ’84, or perhaps there won’t be a new map until after CoD 2022 releases.
We’ll be sure to update this post with any new information, as it becomes available.
A new Battlefield game will also be releasing late in 2021, and a ton of information has been leaked that you can check out everything we know about Battlefield 6.
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Sledgehammer Games expands studio to new location in Toronto
Sledgehammer Games has opened a new studio location.
Sledgehammer Games is continuing its massive expansion of studios with a new location opening.
The new studio location will be in Toronto, Canada per Activision President Rob Kostich.
Kostich confirmed during Activision’s Q1 investor call on May 4 that the Sledgehammer Games team continues to expand its team and reach.
The team is “stronger than ever”, says Kostich, and continues to expand “its talented team” substantially since 2017.
During the call, Kostich confirmed for the first time the studio is expanding to a new location of Toronto. This marks the first official mention of the Toronto studio for the company.
Sledgehammer Games now has studios in Foster City, California (their HQ), Melbourne, Australia, and now Toronto, CA.
SHG confirmed the news in a tweet:
Activision confirmed during the conference call that Sledgehammer Games is leading development of the 2021 Call of Duty title. The game is being “built” as a next-generation experience across all of its modes.
The studio recently confirmed they added over 150 new developers to their team across 2020, with over 50 more job listings still open on their website. No job listings currently posted are listed for Toronto.
Premium Call of Duty games will be revealed later in the year than usual
Activision confirms Warzone’s success has had an impact on Call of Duty marketing decisions.
With the success of Call of Duty: Warzone and the post launch campaigns, Activision has acknowledged that they are experiencing a shift in their marketing of Call of Duty.
The Call of Duty marketing machine has been in almost a consistent pattern for years. A new game gets announced in May, MP reveal over the summer, potential beta in August/September, and then a release in October/November. It’s been systematic.
That entire process has been upended with the launch of Call of Duty: Warzone. With the game’s success and continued post launch campaign seasons ongoing, there’s a lot to talk about now without having to shift attention to the latest premium release so early.
And, Activision’s President is acknowledging this shift in Call of Duty marketing plans. When asked in a new interview with VentureBeat about revealing new CoD games later in the year, Kostich states “we’re probably shifting a bit more in that direction.”
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War was the first to experience this. The game, which fans hoped would be announced in the similar schedule in May, was only revealed in end of August. The reveal event occurred within Call of Duty: Warzone, a new way for Activision to engage the fan base.
Kostich says that the reason for the change in reveal time frame is what we’re seeing right now. “You’ve seen what we have in season three this week. We have so much to talk about and so much going on that’s happening this week. We want to focus on that with the community, focus on the journey with them.”
He reiterated how Black Ops reveal was able to be apart of Warzone, something Activision has never been able to do before. “We did some cool things in terms of integrating the reveal of Black Ops into Warzone. Those are the things we want to orchestrate and provide to our community, letting them discover Call of Duty themselves in their play experience.”
Kostich confirms that “marketing is changing within Call of Duty, how we get the community to participate and uncover things for us.”
He states that reveals of premium CoD games “might be happening later, but it’s all part of a broader agenda to bring the community along on a fun journey.”
As always, stay tuned for the latest news on Call of Duty.
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