A new rumor about the upcoming Call of Duty 2021 game has surfaced which claims to leak the setting of the new title.
The newest Call of Duty title is set to be released during Q4 of this year from Activision.
Known leaker Victor_Z posted a couple of tweets overnight suggesting some details on the setting for the 2021 Call of Duty game. In his tweets, he states that the 2021 game will be set during World War II era.
His tweet included a hammer emoji, probably in reference to Sledgehammer Games as the game’s development studio, and the WWII cover art.
A user asked him if he meant to say that it would be ‘WW3’ style game instead, but Victor_Z responded again saying WWII.
A “WW3” game, which some people have suggested, would not make sense really seeing as ‘WW3’ style game would be similar to that of the story behind Modern Warfare franchise.
Of course, this is just a rumor for now and not confirmed by Activision, so take it with a grain of salt. However, the leak, Victor_Z has known to accurately leak information in gaming, including Call of Duty. He accurately stated that the Black Ops Cold War reveal trailer back in August would include a 10 second MP preview, amongst other information he has shared in the past.
Sledgehammer Games’ last title was Call of Duty: WWII back in 2017, which focused on the European front of the war. There’s still some moments and conflicts of WWII that can be explored by Sledgehammer Games if this rumor is in fact true.
Activision has not announced any details about the 2021 Call of Duty game. The company only just confirmed that a new ‘premium entry’ into the franchise will release in Q4 this year.
Call of Duty 2021: Release date, developers, rumors & leaks
Here’s everything we currently know about Call of Duty 2021, including the release dates, leaks, and the developers.
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. Let’s break down all we currently know.
Call of Duty traditionally releases 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
Activision has officially confirmed during their investor call on February 4 that there’s a new Call of Duty game coming this year, and the 2021 title will run parallel to Warzone.
We could expect COD 2021 to release again on the first Friday of November. Black Ops Cold War was released on the second Friday of November, which could very well be due to the less than normal development time Treyarch had for the title.
Overall, we would definitely expect the new game to drop on either the first or second Friday of November.
The current main development studios for Call of Duty are Infinity Ward, Sledgehammer Games, and Treyarch. Normally these studios operate on 3-year development cycles. However, Sledgehammer Games did not have the lead slot for their most recent planned 2020 release, which instead became Treyarch’s Black Ops Cold War.
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Due to this, we can assume that Sledgehammer Games will be the leads for the 2021 Call of Duty title. This is also supported by a Tweet Sledgehammer posted at the new year for 2021, stating “Power off. Power On,” perhaps a cryptic tweet stating that 2021 is their year for a game release.
Leaks, Gameplay, Game Cover
Currently, there is not much leaked information to by as of now. The newest rumor, which surfaced on February 17, 2021, is that the 2021 game will be set during the World War II era again.
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.
We’ll be sure to update this post with any new information, as it becomes available.
Image Credit: Activision
Activision confirms new Call of Duty game coming in 2021
A new premium Call of Duty title will release later this year.
Activision has officially confirmed during their Investor Call on February 4 that there’s a new Call of Duty game coming this year.
The company has not acknowledged which development team is working on the 2021 Call of Duty game, similar to the 2020 Investor Call in February 2020. The company’s executives only started that a new ‘premium’ experience to the franchise will launch later this year.
Since 2014, Call of Duty was on a three development cycle with Sledgehammer Games, Treyarch, and Infinity Ward rotating in the development cycles. The development cycle was broken in 2020 when Treyarch stepped in on a two year cycle to release Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War with Raven Software.
The current rumors suggest Sledgehammer Games is working on the 2021 Call of Duty title.
The studio has been absent from the spotlight since 2017, when they released Call of Duty: WWII. Following that release, Sledgehammer Games experienced a turbulent year in 2018 with the studio heads departing and many employees following. The studio has rebuilt with over 150 new developers in 2020 alone.
Activision has not announced any specific details regarding Call of Duty 2021.
Activision usually reveals the new Call of Duty titles sometime in May (although Black Ops Cold War was revealed in August) with the game’s launch in October/November.
The 2021 Call of Duty title will also be running parallel to Call of Duty: Warzone’s continued success, similar to Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War. Activision’s President Rob Kostich confirmed during the same call that Warzone will be ‘central’ to the future of the franchise and will continue its integration throughout the franchise.
2020 was a record breaking year for the Call of Duty franchise with over 250 million players playing Call of Duty across platforms. The franchise now has over 100 million monthly active players compared to 48 million monthly players in 2018.
As always, stay tuned to CharlieIntel for the latest news on Call of Duty 2021.
Rumors claim Sledgehammer Games developing Call of Duty 2021
Rumors have begun to circulate over who will develop Call of Duty 2021, with Sledgehammer Games being the likeliest candidate.
Although there is no official word on what the next Call of Duty title will be, or who’s developing it, reliable leaker Tom Henderson believes Sledgehammer Games will be working on the next release.
We’re months away from having any information surrounding Call of Duty 2021. The only thing we know for sure is that it’s not being developed by Treyarch Studios, as they only recently released Black Ops Cold War and will be maintaining and updating it over 2021.
Popular Call of Duty leaker Tom Henderson, formerly known as YouTuber Long Sensation, believes that CoD 2021 will be helmed by Sledgehammer Games.
Sledgehammer Games developing CoD 2021?
On January 3, Henderson Tweeted out a Call of Duty development timeline for the past year in which has all three studios fall into place.
He clarified that this is not a leak, but an educated guess based on Call of Duty’s development times. This year’s title is on the slate for November 2021 and Infinity Ward was still developing Warzone until September 2020, so that would only give them 14 months to develop a new CoD game.
Sledgehammer Games has reportedly been working on a new Call of Duty title since August 2019 which is a far more reasonable timeframe for a 2021 release. Therefore, Henderson made the educated guess that SH will be developing Call of Duty 2021.
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Sledgehammer Games will be known to most Call of Duty fans for developing Advanced Warfare and WWII. These games had a mixed reception and for the past few years, SH has been assisting Infinity Ward and Treyarch with recent titles.
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As for the setting for this year’s Call of Duty, Henderson doesn’t believe it will be set far in the future like Advanced Warfare. He is confident that Sledgehammer’s game will integrate with Warzone in the same way that Black Ops Cold War did in 2020. It’s unlikely that a futuristic laser rifle will be added to Warzone so the time period shouldn’t stray too far from the modern-day.
Some fans believe the Sledgehammer Melee Weapon coming to Cold War is a breadcrumb hinting at the future of Call of Duty, but that’s unlikely.
Image Credits: Sledgehammer Games
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