Call of Duty’s engine differences between studios has come to the spotlight as Warzone takes center stage for the franchise.
When Call of Duty: Warzone first launched, it was developed by Infinity Ward and Raven Software in a partnership to become the battle royale for Modern Warfare.
With the game launching free to play, it’s taken on a life of its own in terms of success. And, Activision wants to integrate Warzone with their premium releases to provide a seamless Call of Duty experience for players.
However, the launch of Black Ops Cold War brought some challenges. Cold War is built on Treyarch’s own engine, which is different in style, look, and feel to Warzone. The integration of Cold War’s weapons was a rough period as balancing issues amongst other stood out.
Now, Activision’s President has acknowledged in a new interview with VentureBeat that this is something they are looking to avoid in the future.
He says the teams have been “very focused on that in particular.”
Kostich states that one of “the most important concepts” for their teams is “to make sure we limit any friction for our community as we go forward.“
The “as we go forward” there is key. Warzone’s success, coupled with Cold War’s development time resulted in differences in engine and game feel. But in the future, that issue should not occur, per Kostich.
“What that means behind the scenes is making sure that from a technology perspective, everything feels seamless to the player. That’s a big focus for us as we move forward, so that as you transition from one experience to the next, as new weapons come in and out of the game, it feels like a solid, continuous play experience that evolves into the future.”
Kostich states that the internal teams now are collaborating more than ever before. These features and enhancements will come “from our development teams working together to make that–as you swap in and out from Warzone or a premium experience in the future, it’s seamless for our community. It’s been another passionate point for our team, to make sure we can provide the best experience possible for our fans as we go forward.”
There are rumors already about the 2021 Call of Duty game, which is set to be developed by Sledgehammer Games. The title is rumored to be called ‘Call of Duty: WWII Vanguard.’ But the important aspect here is that the latest rumors state the game is running on Infinity Ward’s engine, which means it’s the same engine as Warzone.
If that’s the case, then there will be no friction between the experiences as players move between the two games.
Call of Duty 2021 rumored to be revealed in Warzone Season 4 live event
Similar to Cold War’s reveal, Call of Duty 2021 is rumored to be revealed during an in-game Warzone event that’s “coming soon.”
As we wait for the official reveal of Call of Duty 2021, a new leak suggests that the game will be officially revealed inside Warzone in a future season.
We’re now at that time of year when the upcoming Call of Duty game has been officially revealed. However, with the success of Warzone and live in-game events, Activision have reconsidered how they will reveal their premium games.
For the first time ever, Black Ops Cold War was revealed inside Call of Duty, with players taking part in a live event before the trailer played. If recent leaks are to be believed, Call of Duty 2021 is set to also be revealed inside Warzone soon.
As with almost all modern games, several details have been leaked surrounding CoD 2021. According to Eurogamer and ModernWarzone, it will be a ‘traditional’ Second World War shooter called “Call of Duty: WWII Vanguard.” Activision haven’t revealed any details of the game, but a recent data mine could tell us when we can expect to know more.
Known Call of Duty leaker and data miner ZestyCODLeaks reported that there’s a “major event coming soon.” They said, “There is a NEW major event coming called ‘X2’ that will feature the ‘Armoured Train’ and ‘Ambushes’.”
Cold War’s reveal was in the code as ‘x1_fin’ which has led Zesty to make an “educated guess” that this will be CoD 2021’s reveal. A cutscene is reported to play after this event, which could be the official reveal trailer.
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There is no evidence that the reveal will happen in Season 4, but Zesty is confident that it will be coming “soon.”
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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.
- Read more: 8 things we want to see in Call of Duty 2021
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.
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