From Activision launching the free to play Call of Duty: Warzone, Modern Warfare becoming the best selling Call of Duty of all time, to the release of Cold War, 2020 shaped up to be a pretty big year for the franchise.
As we head into 2021, we wanted to share our expectations and speculation around what’s to come from the Call of Duty world.
We’re expecting the new Call of Duty 2021 game, new seasons of content for Black Ops Cold War & Warzone, new content for Call of Duty: Mobile, and potential Modern Warfare content to come.
Let’s go through what we expect in 2021 from the Call of Duty world.
Speculation: Call of Duty 2021
Well of course, we all know there’s a new Call of Duty game coming in the fall. But the speculation, and mystery, around the title is which studio is developing it.
Call of Duty was on a pretty set 3 year development cycle starting in 2014 with Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. Sledgehammer Games was added to the rotation alongside Infinity Ward and Treyarch to give the teams an extra year to release their latest Call of Duty title.
This cycle, was of course, up-ended in 2020 when Sledgehammer Games’ was no longer the lead on the title (as revealed in May 2019), and Activision put Treyarch in charge. Treyarch released Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War in Nov. 2020 with a less than 2 year development cycle with Raven Software as the co-developer.
This leaves the big question: which team is on the 2021 Call of Duty game?
Sledgehammer Games has been rebuilding their studio extensively over the last four years in the shadows. The team lost a large portion of the employees in 2018 when Activision removed studio co-founders Glen Schofield and Michael Condrey.
SHG revealed on Twitter that they have hired over 150 new people in 2020 alone, and the team is working on multiple projects. They have been credited as a support studio for Modern Warfare, Warzone, and Black Ops Cold War. But now, it begs to ask: are they ready for the spotlight again? Is this team ready, with a full premium Call of Duty experience, for 2021? That could certainly be the case. What could their game be: Advanced Warfare 2? Vietnam War related? Future game?
The other potential possibility is Infinity Ward makes the 2021 Call of Duty in a shortened two year development cycle, but that seems a little less plausible because the team worked a lot on Call of Duty: Warzone and Modern Warfare’s post launch season, alongside Raven. It seems more likely Infinity Ward will take the 3 years to get ready, but we could be in for surprise.
Confirmed: New Black Ops Cold War Content
There’s definitely going to be new Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War content coming throughout 2021, with new seasons with new Battle Passes and more. Treyarch has been advertising the post launch season as the ‘biggest Black Ops year yet.’
New seasons will arrive with new Battle Passes, new MP maps & modes, new Gunfight experiences, new weapons, and more for players to experience. There’s also the new Zombies maps that fans have been waiting. All of the content will be free, aside from the paid tiers of the Battle Pass & Store bundles.
Zombies fans have new map experiences to look forward to, with the Dark Aether story continuing. One of the things that’s not clear is how many new Zombies maps will release in 2021. In years past, the Season Pass (or Black Ops Pass) gave fans the number of post launch Zombies maps to expect: 4. Will 4 be the standard even with free Zombies maps? That remains yet to be seen.
Confirmed: New Warzone Content
Call of Duty: Warzone continues to be incredibly successful for Activision with over 80 million players since its launch in March 2020.
2021 will see more content for Warzone, with its integration with Black Ops Cold War. New seasons will bring new Battle Pass & cosmetic content for Warzone players.
There’ll be updated weapon rotations and balancing as Raven Software looks to balance out the Modern Warfare & Black Ops weapons together in this world.
Beyond the usual expected content, there’s also rumors suggesting a new, large map for Warzone could be coming. Back in June of this year, YouTuber TheXclusiveAce posted a video highlighting some zones of the Warzone map he got from a source. That map, which is rumored to be set in Russia (or mountains in that region), has yet to be officially confirmed.
There’s no timeframe for when this new map will debut, but there are hopes for a potential release in the first half of the year.
Confirmed: New Call of Duty: Mobile Content
Call of Duty: Mobile is also another successful, and now established, pillar of the Call of Duty world for Activision.
The mobile game has seen over 300 million downloads since its October 2019 launch, and recently launched in China, which will expand Activision’s Call of Duty audience significantly.
We can expect to see more Call of Duty: Mobile Seasons as the year goes on. The Call of Duty: Mobile development team has been releasing new seasons of content on an almost monthly basis, with new Battle Pass, MP maps, and more in tow.
There’s also the possibility of expanded esports support for Call of Duty: Mobile. The game hosted its first Championship events, online, in 2020 with a partnership with SONY. Call of Duty: Mobile’s esports is expanding in regions like India.
As always, check back to CharlieIntel for the latest news on Call of Duty: Mobile and follow our COD Mobile Twitter account for updates.
Speculation: New Modern Warfare Content
Will there be new Modern Warfare get new content in 2021? Well, that’s a little up in the air.
We’re hoping to see some new Modern Warfare content throughout the year as the game still has an established fan base. Players are enjoying Modern Warfare’s mechanics and engine and continue to do so. Many fans have been upset recently over the game turning into a big advertisement for Black Ops Cold War, and have been asking Infinity Ward to bring more content.
While there’s no official announcements yet, an Infinity Ward developer on Twitter stated back in the end of November that there’s new content ready for the title, but he’s not sure when it’s set to go live.
In addition, recent data mining from the game’s files have hinted at new content for Modern Warfare. Data miners found new Store bundles for the game, including a Soap Operator Pack as well as another new Operator “Sparks.”
Data mining in the past also identified a variety of unreleased MP maps, Gunfight maps, and more, but there’s no clarity on if the studio officially plans to release those.
Speculation: Call of Duty: Warzone on Mobile
Our last speculation for a potential release in 2021: Activision expanding Call of Duty with more mobile titles. With the incredible success of Call of Duty: Mobile in 2020, we wouldn’t be surprised to see more mobile titles from Activision.
One of the mobile titles that could be possible is Warzone releasing on Mobile. An Activision job listing in 2020 revealed that they are hiring a team to build Warzone features and more into a mobile experience. The listing stated that they were looking for someone to “harvest, adapt and deliver the essential features from Warzone console and PC into their best mobile instantiation.“
The job listing was removed and later replaced with the listing saying a new “Mobile FPS” title. The company has numerous job listings open for Mobile developers, so it remains to be seen if Warzone (or a potential other Call of Duty experience) for mobile will be ready in 2021.
So there you have it. This is all of what we expect to be released from the Call of Duty franchise in 2021. As always, stay tuned to CharlieIntel.com for the latest news as all of this unfolds throughout the year.
Is Black Ops 2 being remastered? Rumors & leaks
Fans have been wondering for sometime if CoD: Black Ops 2 is going to be remastered, and we’ll answer that today.
Several Call of Duty games have received the remaster treatment in recent years, and it’s left fans wondering if the mega-popular Black Ops 2 will get one. Here are all the latest rumors and leaks regarding a Black Ops 2 remaster.
The popularity of Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 simply cannot be understated with the game being considered the greatest of all time by many. But fast-forward to 2021, and players want to know if this beloved entry in the CoD franchise will be remastered.
The premise of Call of Duty remasters was kickstarted by the 2016 Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare Remastered title. Since then, we’ve also had the Modern Warfare 2 campaign be remastered, and there are rumors of Modern Warfare 3 being remastered, despite Activision saying it isn’t.
Is Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 being remastered?
From what we understand, no, not at this time. There is absolutely nothing to suggest that any form of Black Ops remaster is in the works.
Naturally, people would think that Treyarch’s Black Ops may receive the same love that the Modern Warfare franchise has gotten, but alas it doesn’t seem to be the case.
Why isn’t Black Ops 2 being remastered?
We believe there could be two strong reasons for Black Ops 2 not being remastered, one being that it would oversaturate the CoD market, and also that we’ve already seen a few of its maps recently.
One of the problems 2016’s Infinite Warfare suffered from is that it released with the full Call of Duty 4 remaster, and consequently, the player base was divided between the two games.
Furthermore, Black Ops Cold War featured no less than seven Black Ops 2 map remasters throughout its multiple seasons, and they feel too fresh in the memory to warrant a remaster of the multiplayer.
We could see a remaster of the Black Ops campaigns, following the successful rerelease of the Modern Warfare 2 campaign.
Activision may have some surprises and remasters up their sleeves, but for the time being, we can only speculate and ask you to keep checking in to see if anything becomes official.
Also, check out everything we know about Call of Duty: Vanguard.
Image Credit: Activision / Treyarch
Infinity Ward announces new Austin office as studio gears up for CoD 2022
The original Call of Duty developer, Infinity Ward, is expanding its operations via a new office in Austin, Texas for CoD 2022.
One of the three developers behind the Call of Duty franchise is getting a new office. Infinity Ward is expanding its operations via a new office in Austin, Texas, in preparation for CoD 2022.
Infinity Ward is the developer behind the original Call of Duty game. Activision founded Infinity Ward in 2002, with the first Call of Duty title being released in 2003. This birthed one of the most iconic video game franchises to date.
Infinity Ward would go on to develop Call of Duty 2 in 2005 before alternating developers. Now, Infinity Ward is known for developing the Modern Warfare titles, which are released roughly every three years.
With Infinity Ward releasing the last Modern Warfare title in 2019, the developer is gearing up for another release in 2022. We don’t know what CoD 2022 will be just yet, but we do know that Infinity Ward is expanding its operations with a new office.
Infinity Ward Austin Texas office
Today, Infinity Ward announced via Twitter that it would be opening a new office in Austin, Texas. This would be the fourth development hub for the company, with the other three being located in Los Angeles, Poland, and Mexico.
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This also means that Infinity Ward is hiring. According to Infinity Ward, the Austin office is currently hiring for all positions, and you can find all of the available jobs posted on the Infinity Ward website.
Call of Duty: Vanguard releases in less than a month. It’s taking players back to WWII, where Infinity Ward is expected to bring the franchise back to modern times, with CoD 2022 speculated to be a sequel to Modern Warfare 2019.
That being said, we have no official idea what to expect from Infinity Ward going into 2022, but with the significant success of Modern Warfare 2019, it will no doubt be a Call of Duty game plenty of players will love.
Regardless, Infinity Ward is planning something big, and the new office proves just that. So, if Vanguard isn’t your cup of tea, CoD 2022 is just a year away.
Image Credits: Infinity Ward / Activision
Biggest AAA video games coming in 2022: PS5, Xbox Series X, Switch, PC, Stadia & Steam
2022 could be a huge year for video games and here’s all the biggest titles coming to PlayStation, Xbox, Switch, and more – with dates.
2022 is shaping up to be a massive year for video games. Between franchises such as God of War, Gran Turismo, Horizon, Pokemon, and Harry Potter, the PS5, Xbox Series X, Switch, PC, and Stadia have some mammoth titles to host. Here’s an extensive look into the biggest games and potential release dates too.
The beginning of 2022 will signal over a year since the PS5, and Xbox Series X took video games to the ninth generation of consoles. Developers have had plenty of time to chew the fat and harness the power of the consoles to create immense AAA experiences.
There’s also plenty of mileage left for the Nintendo Switch, and of course, PC, Stadia, and Steam are always on the march.
PS5, Xbox, Switch, PC, Steam & Stadia video games in 2022
Some genuinely iconic franchises and household names are expected to launch video games in 2022, so here’s a look at the top AAA video games coming in 2022.
God of War: Ragnarok release date: 2022
Players got a juicy look at the next epic adventure in Santa Monica’s God of War franchise during the 2021 PlayStation Experience. Kratos and Atreus are set to battle with Freya, possibly Thor, and their own demons.
God of War Ragnarok looks like it’s expanded upon the reboot to incorporate more NPCs, more spectacular gameplay, and a gripping narrative that will test the bond between father and son.
Horizon Forbidden West release date: February 18, 2022
Aloy is one of the standout protagonists in gaming during modern times, and her post-apocalyptic adventures are set to continue in Horizon Forbidden West.
She seeks to uncover even more truth and learn about the state of the world she resides in, all the while battling even more dangerous robotic creatures and nature itself.
Elden Ring release date: January 21, 2022
One of the first games to arrive in 2022, Elden Ring is the next sinister and challenging game to come from the sadistic bunch at FromSoftware.
Their track record at producing brutal yet satisfying RPGs will be tested in the form of Elden Ring, their newest ‘Souls’ game. Unlike previous FromSoftware games, there seems to be a much deeper emphasis on the story with Game of Thrones creator George R. R. Martin on board to help with the narrative.
Pokemon Legends: Arceus release date: January 28, 2022
Unlike the typical dual-releases that Pokemon specializes in, Pokemon Legends: Arceus is a standalone game that continues the growth shown in recent, mainline Pokemon titles.
Embracing the open-world nature of 2020’s Pokemon Sword and Shield, Arceus is a brand new adventure that will involve all the familiar, beloved elements of Pokemon games: obtaining them, training them, leveling them, and catching them all!
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Extraction release date: January 2022
Another spin-off, this time from the team at Ubisoft as they take a drastic turn away from the realism of simulated combat.
Instead, Rainbow Six Extraction delves into the world of the unknown, and non-human, as teams of three pull together to take down alien creatures called Archaeans. It will feature lots of the same gameplay mechanics and Operators from Siege, but with a darker, deadly twist.
Dying Light 2 release date: February 4, 2022
The long-awaited sequel to the hit 2015 survival-adventure game, Dying Light 2 promises to bring more parkour-zombie-survival action that made the first such a breakout success.
Offering more open-world exploration, the player must scavenge, forge friendships (and weapons), and deal with both friendly and hostile forces.
As with the first Dying Light, players need to make the most of the precious daylight before night strikes, as the undead gets a bit more fidgety and murderous.
Gran Turismo 7 release date: March 4, 2022
Polyphony Digital is infamous for taking their time between each Gran Turismo release to ensure every one is as polished as can be, and the PS5 looks set to make Gran Turismo 7 one of the best-looking games ever.
Like with God of War Ragnarok, the 2021 PlayStation Experience gave fans a glimpse into the high-speed action they can expect with Gran Turismo 7.
It’s learned from its predecessor’s mistakes and will launch with a complete career mode, and could be a bonafide system-seller for Sony and the PlayStation brand.
Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 release date: 2022
It wouldn’t be a stretch to say that Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 could easily be one of the most anticipated games of all time.
Breath of the Wild took the world by storm in 2017 with its rich, expressive world that deviated from the conventions of traditional Zelda games. Many millions of copies sold later, and fans everywhere are desperate for the next chapter for Link in this gorgeous, sprawling version of Hyrule.
Call of Duty 2022 release date: 2022
It wouldn’t be a year of video games without a major Call of Duty release, and we expect 2022 to be no different.
Given that there’s already a buzz about Call of Duty 2023, we would say it’s safe to assume that another Call of Duty game will release in 2022.
With Vanguard being set in World War 2, rumors are rife that the 2022 Call of Duty will be a Modern Warfare sequel.
Gotham Knights release date: 2022
A Gotham City without the caped crusader is a strange thought, but that’s the threat that faces it as Bruce Wayne is dead.
In Batman’s place, his former proteges need to step up and protect Gotham, batting away any threats of crime perpetrated by some of its most evil supervillains. Featuring co-operative mode, players can take control of these plucky heroes and hopefully do Batman proud.
Hogwarts Legacy release date: 2022
There have been many Harry Potter movie tie-in games, but there still hasn’t been an authentic RPG experience that lets you become your own wizard – until now.
Hogwarts Legacy will let fans worldwide finally live out their dream of attending Hogwarts, and the game allows players to select their House, the classes they do, and customize their character, all the while fighting monsters and completing quests.
That completes our guide to the biggest and most anticipated video games that are due to arrive in 2022.
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