Today, May 18, 2020, marks 10 years since the very first Call of Duty: Black Ops game was announced by Activision and Treyarch.
On May 18, 2010, Call of Duty: Black Ops was revealed with its debut reveal trailer and released later that year on Xbox 360, PS3, and PC.
Today, to celebrate it, Treyarch has shared a new video and a blog post looking back at the 10 years of the Black Ops franchise.
Following the release of Call of Duty: World at War in 2008, we had the opportunity to turn our full creative focus solely on making Call of Duty games, a move that gave rise to the Black Ops series of games starting in 2010. While World at War gave us characters like Reznov and Easter Eggs like a little-known bonus mode called Zombies, it was just a glimpse into just how much story there was to tell.
From there, we went deep into the shadows: Call of Duty: Black Ops was the history you thought you knew. It was Woods, Hudson, and Mason… it was plausible deniability, and mindf*ckery… it was THE NUMBERS!… and best of all, it was just scratching the surface.
Watch the full video below:
Read the studio’s full new blog on their website here.
And, if you are looking for some more nostalgia, watch the original Call of Duty: Black Ops reveal trailer here:
Microsoft has confirmed during their Inside Xbox stream on May 7 a list of publishers that are developing games for the Xbox Series X.
The company has showcased a list of publishers during the stream and have confirmed Activision Blizzard is working on games for the Xbox Series X.
Activision and Call of Duty still remained partnered with PlayStation for marketing rights, so no gameplay of any Call of Duty title was shown during the Xbox Series X games showcase.
The game in development is most likely Call of Duty 2020, set to launch later this year and will most likely be a launch title for the new Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5, alongside releasing on PS4, Xbox One, and PC.
Activision has confirmed that the new Call of Duty title is still set to release this fall. There were some concerns and discussions about the possibility of the game being delayed due to the impact of COVID-19, but it looks like the company is on track to deliver the new Call of Duty title this fall.
The company confirmed this news during their Q1 2020 Financial Call on May 5, with Activision Blizzard executives confirming that the new ‘premium Call of Duty title’ is coming this fall and continues to generate high interest internally with testing.
Activision has not yet officially confirmed which development studio is working on the 2020 game, although it’s practically an open secret that Treyarch are working on the title with Sledgehammer Games.
Rumors have suggested that the new title is set in the Cold War era and is connected to the Black Ops universe.
Details on a reveal timeline for the game have not been disclosed, but it should be this month – as with all previous Call of Duty title seeing their reveals by the end of May.
As always, stay tuned to CharlieIntel for the latest news on the 2020 Call of Duty game.
With the release of Call of Duty: Warzone being free to play, many fans have wondered how Warzone will fit into the Call of Duty world when the new yearly Call of Duty releases deploy.
Although we still don’t have a clear picture as to what that will look like, Infinity Ward’s Taylor Kurosaki says in an interview with GamerGen that Warzone has challenged the studios to rethink content release strategy to best support the variety of players now in Call of Duty with this being free to play.
When asked in the interview about 2020 Call of Duty game, Kurosaki says that Warzone will be the ‘through line that connects’ the various Call of Duty sub-franchises.
He also says that Warzone will be the ‘one constant’ of Call of Duty every year with the different sub-franchises of Call of Duty. It’s not clear what that means in how long they plan to support Warzone or if other Call of Duty devs will release content or maps for Warzone based off of their games.
We’re in kind of uncharted territories here. Call of Duty has been on a very regular cadence for many many years, and Warzone has made us rethink exactly how best to release new content and how to integrate it. Call of Duty is a genre in itself, there are different branches in the Call of Duty tree, but they’re all connected in some ways. Warzone will be the through line that connects all of the different various sub-franchises of Call of Duty.
It’s going to be really cool to see how the different sub-franchises sort of come in and out of focus, but Warzone will be the one constant.
We will update as we get more info on the future support of Call of Duty: Warzone.
Update 2: Schreier has posted another tweet now saying the game might be part of the Black Ops world/connected to it, but not a reboot. He has also said that the name he has heard internally is “Call of Duty: Vietnam.”
Update: Jason Schreier has responded to a few more readers on Twitter providing just some additional context on the 2020 Call of Duty game.
Schreier says the 2020 game is ‘not a Black Ops reboot,’ despite some rumors from TGR and other sources saying it was.
He says in a follow-up tweet that he does believe the game is set in Cold War/Vietnam era, which lines up with what we’ve heard about the new game too.
Former Kotaku reporter (now on his way to Bloomberg News), Jason Schreier, posted an article today in the New York Times discussing the overall gaming industry and how there’s both a positive and negative aspect to the COVID-19 situation impacting the industry.
In the article, he noted that some developers are experiencing troubles adapting to the work from home lifestyle and finishing up major game launches. Many aspects of game development had to be re-done and re-thought for the remote work, including development testing. Some aspects are on hold all together like motion captures, voice recordings, and other aspects.
As part of the article, Schreier noted that this fall could still see the release major new games, including Call of Duty and EA Madden Titles.
Now on Twitter, he has stated that the 2020 Call of Duty game is currently still planned to launch this fall, but that could change as situations evolve over the coming months.
Schreier broke the story back in May 2019 that 2020 Call of Duty game plans shifted, with Activision putting Treyarch in charge with Sledgehammer and Raven supporting the game development.
Activision has still yet to even confirm this news, with the company opting to not mention the development studios during their February earnings call.
A new rumor from TheGamingRevolution claims that the 2020 Call of Duty game will not actually be a Black Ops game anymore, even if many rumors have suggested that over the last year.
The new video, posted by TGR, has stated that the game will encompass the Cold War era, and possible touch on the Vietnam War.
The game will be tied into the Black Ops universe in some ways, but the game’s official title itself will not be Black Ops or Black Ops 5.
Some of the information presented in the video lines up with some of what CharlieIntel has heard about the upcoming 2020 title, which is being developed by Treyarch with support from Sledgehammer Games and Raven Software.
There were rumors floating around for a while that the title may be ‘Call of Duty: Black Ops 5’ or a reboot of Black Ops and be simply called ‘Call of Duty: Black Ops,’ but that has changed in the recent months, according to the video.
The new title, which Kotaku first reported back in May 2019 that Treyarch would take over development, is set to release this Fall. There has no information from Activision if the company plans to delay the game because of COVID-19.
The 2020 Call of Duty title is also expected to be a cross-generational title, launching on PS4, Xbox One, and PC alongside being launch titles for the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X.
Activision has not officially announced any details on the 2020 Call of Duty game. We are getting closer to May, which is usually the month Activision announces the newest Call of Duty title.
Stay tuned for the latest news on the 2020 Call of Duty game.
Activision Publishing will be at E3 2020, per the new E3 EXPO website which went live today.
The website has the “first” list of companies that will be participating at E3 2020, with more to be added in the future.
Activision Publishing is listed as one of the companies in E3 2020:
Activision skipped E3 in 2019 in favor of just showing Call of Duty: Modern Warfare to members of press behind closed doors. The company did participate in the E3 Coliseum event in 2019, hosting a live stream with Geoff Kieghley and Infinity Ward.
It’s official: Activision has confirmed during their Q4 Investor Call on February 6 that there’s a new Call of Duty game coming this fall. No surprises here.
The company, however to much surprise, has not acknowledged which development team is working on the 2020 Call of Duty game — which is unusual for the company. They’ve always mentioned the development studio during this conference call for the year’s game.
The company says the new title has been “generating high interest internally” with internal play tests. “We feel great about the content” that is coming.
Since 2014, Call of Duty has been on a three development cycle with Sledgehammer Games, Treyarch, and Infinity Ward rotating in the development cycles. Kotaku reported breaking news that Treyarch was given leadership of the 2020 Call of Duty game back in May 2019, when the site reported Activision put the studio in charge with Sledgehammer Games and Raven Software to support development.
Kotaku’s report claims that the 2020 game that was in development at Sledgehammer Games and Raven Software was ‘a mess’ because of tension between the studios, which led to Treyarch taking charge of the development.
Activision has not announced any specific details regarding Call of Duty 2020. Rumors have suggested the game for this year would set in the Cold War era including the Vietnam war, but that remains unconfirmed as of now.
Activision usually reveals the new Call of Duty titles sometime in May, with the game’s launch in October/November.
2020 is a big year for gaming overall with the launch of the next generation of consoles — the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, set to release in Holiday 2020. The 2020 Call of Duty title will most likely be a launch title for the new consoles, alongside releasing on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.
As always, stay tuned to CharlieIntel for the latest news on Call of Duty 2020.
Treyarch’s Studio Design Director Vonderhaar appears to have given a small hint as to the 2020 Call of Duty game in a couple of tweets this morning.
A fan replied to a post of his saying “you better have jet packs in the next COD” to which Vahn replied “NO.”
Another fan followed up by suggesting that “jet packs will revive Call of Duty” to which Vahn said he still has PTSD from the fan reactions to the jet pack era of Call of Duty. He even says fans “hung me from the highest branch” for having it in Black Ops 3.
There still is no official information on the 2020 Call of Duty game beyond that it will be developed by Treyarch with Sledgehammer Games and Raven Software supporting the studio with the game.
Rumors have suggested that the game will take place in the Cold War era, encompassing the Vietnam War as well as part of the game.
The new title will also be launching with the next generation consoles that are coming this holiday season.
2019 and the decade is coming to an end here shortly. Charlie Intel started up in the early part of this decade, back in 2011 with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. 8.5 years later, nine Call of Duty games covered, we’re at the end of this decade.
Now, with the end of the decade almost here, we wanted to put together a post on what we’re looking forward to going into 2020 – from Call of Duty to consoles and more. Due note, some of the stuff we’re speculating are rumors (and will be noted as such!).
Without further ado, let’s get into what we’re looking forward to in 2020.
2020 will be another big year for consoles. The new PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X will both be arriving in Holiday 2020. The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One both launched in 2013; so seven years later, we’re getting a new generation of consoles – just in time for the start of the new decade.
The next PlayStation console will be arriving in Holiday 2020. Sony has thus far announced just a few details on the new console, including first details on the console’s specs and the controller.
If you missed it, here’s quick recap of the console details:
Backwards Compatible with PS4 games
Still using Physical Media
8 Core AMD Processor
Radeon Navi GPU (Supports up to 8K resolution)
SSD and More Storage (Spider-Man loads times from 15 seconds to 0.8)
And here’s what’s known about the new DUALSHOCK controller for PS5:
New PS5 Controller uses USB Type C
PS5 Controller has Haptic Feedback
Controller has now adaptive triggers
New Speaker system on the controller
Better Battery Life
Heavier than the DUALSHOCK 4, but will be lighter than a Xbox One controller
There’s a lot more information to come in 2020 as PS5 launch approaches. We’ll be closely looking to see how Sony positions the PlayStation 5 for 2020 and the launch price for the console.
Xbox Series X
Microsoft first announced that a new generation of Xbox would be coming during E3 2019, where the company announced that the new generation is “Project Scarlet.” The told fans it would be a top of the line console with advanced specs and more.
The company then surprised everyone by announcing and revealing the look of the console at the 2019 Game Awards in mid-December. The console is called the Xbox Series X, as shown above, and is launching Holiday 2020.
If you missed any details, here’s a high level recap:
From a technical standpoint, this will manifest as world-class visuals in 4K at 60FPS, with possibility of up to 120FPS, including support for Variable Refresh Rate (VRR), and 8K capability. Powered by our custom-designed processor leveraging the latest Zen 2 and next generation RDNA architecture from our partners at AMD, Xbox Series X will deliver hardware accelerated ray tracing and a new level of performance never before seen in a console. Additionally, our patented Variable Rate Shading (VRS) technology will allow developers to get even more out of the Xbox Series X GPU and our next-generation SSD will virtually eliminate load times and bring players into their gaming worlds faster than ever before.
We are minimizing latency by leveraging technology such as Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM) and giving developers new functionality like Dynamic Latency Input (DLI) to make Xbox Series X the most responsive console ever. Xbox Series X is also designed for a future in the cloud, with unique capabilities built into the hardware and software to make it as easy as possible to bring great games to both console and elsewhere. Xbox Series X will deliver a level of fidelity and immersion unlike anything that’s been achieved in previous console generations.
Call of Duty
Modern Warfare Content
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare launched on October 25, 2019 with mixed reaction from the Call of Duty community.
Activision revealed recently that Modern Warfare is the most played Call of Duty game of the last six years, despite a lot of the negativity online about the game. It seems more of the casual players are playing Modern Warfare a lot while some of the long term fans are frustrated with some of the design choices.
2020 is looking strong for the game with more Post Launch content seasons for Modern Warfare with new Battle Passes, maps, and more. With the elimination of the Season Pass in this game, it’s great knowing all players will receive all of the new maps to come for free. We hope to see more Modern Warfare classic makes into this game, like Rust, Terminal, and more.
There’s so many options to pick from – let’s hope Infinity Ward picks the right ones…
Call of Duty: Mobile
Call of Duty: Mobile debuted in 2019 as one of the new ways Activision can bring Call of Duty to more users worldwide. Call of Duty: Mobile has been a hit for Activision, racking in millions in revenue and becoming the most downloaded new mobile game in history.
In 2020, we’re looking forward to seeing how Activision evolves the Call of Duty: Mobile game with more content and new features. They’ve added in the Zombies mode and promised more Zombies maps, new MP maps, and more to come to the game as the year progresses.
We’re also interested to see if they plan to bring any of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare’s maps and content to the mobile game. The mobile game has brought Call of Duty to a new audience – especially in Asia, where in some regions home consoles are not as popular.
Rumor: Modern Warfare Battle Royale
Another thing we’re also hoping and waiting to see pan out in 2020 is this long rumored Battle Royale mode for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.
Activision has not officially confirmed a Battle Royale exists, but there has been so many rumors about its release.
The rumors state that the Battle Royale is expected to be free to play, standalone from the main Modern Warfare game, and release in “early 2020.” Rumors also state that Raven Software is tasked with leading development of this project. The studio was recently hiring a Community Manager for the studio, in a sign that they are becoming lead in some regard for Call of Duty.
Even beyond the rumors, so many details on this potential BR have been found in the game files for Modern Warfare, including a look at the in-development map for the mode.
Here’s that leaked map, in case you missed it:
Fans have even glitched in-game to be above the entire Battle Royale map inside of Modern Warfare.
With all of the rumors, the numerous in-game references, and more, we’re patiently waiting to see if this ever pans out. And if it does, it would be remarkable. Free to play Call of Duty BR? That would be a major hit for Activision.
But for now, it’s just a rumor.
Speculation: Call of Duty 2020
Every year, a new Call of Duty game releases, and 2020 will of course be no different.
But 2020 will be different in regards to the release cycle. Since 2013, Call of Duty devs have been on a 3 year development cycle rotating between Treyarch, Infinity Ward, and Sledgehammer Games.
But in May of 2019, Kotaku reported that Activision put Treyarch in charge of 2020 Call of Duty game because of bickering between SHG and Raven. Treyarch even slipped up a bit with a job listing earlier saying they’re working on a “next-gen title for 2020.” This makes Sledgehammer and Raven support studios with Treyarch.
2020 will be the first two-year developed Treyarch title since 2012’s Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, which is now a beloved game. It will be interesting to see the direction Treyarch goes with developing a new game in two years, and with that, a new game for new consoles. This will be Treyarch’s first as the leading dev for a new console launch for Call of Duty. 2013 was Infinity Ward with Call of Duty: Ghosts.
The rumors floating around are that the 2020 game from Treyarch encompasses the Cold War era, including the Vietnam War. There is a campaign expected to be part of the game.
With all of this to look forward too, 2020 is looking to be a busy year! As always, stick with CharlieIntel for the latest on all things Call of Duty and new generation consoles.