Activision confirms new 'Call of Duty' game release for 2020

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An annual fixture in the video game release calendar, the 'Call of Duty' franchise has seen a new title make its way on to the market every year since 2005.

It is therefore unsurprising that Activision confirmed that a 2020 edition of the game is in development during their Quarter 4 2019 investors call. 

The first-person shooter series has long been a cash cow for its owners - who are keen for its success to continue.

Curiously, though, Activision has not revealed details of who will be developing the game.

Historically, the publisher has had a policy of switching between developers on a rotational basis - with responsibility for the 'Call of Duty' franchise being divided between Infinity Ward, Treyarch, and Sledgehammer Games.

Treyarch developed the 2018 release 'Black Ops 4', whilst Infinity Ward handled last year's 'Modern Warfare' title.

Going by the system adopted in prior years then, the 2020 release would have been assigned by Sledgehammer Games. However, per ladbible.com, development for this year's game is believed to instead be being taken on by Treyarch - with Sledgehammer Games being relegated to a supporting role, alongside Raven Games studio.

It is unclear as to exactly why Sledgehammer Games has suffered such a demotion - or why Activision has refused to officially confirm who will be developing the 2020 game. Developer issues have been known to affect the quality of the final product of many games in the past - and 'Call of Duty' fans will be hoping that this is not the case on this occasion.

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Activision COO Coddy Johnson was very much buoyant on the future prospects of the series during the investors call, however, suggesting that early play testing of the game had gone well.

"The franchise has never been better positioned for growth. And there's more to come, including entirely new experiences within the Modern Warfare universe and then, of course, in Q4 this year, a new premium Call of Duty release which is already generating excitement in our playtests."

The 2020 instalment of the 'Call of Duty' franchise will no doubt be a huge seller for Activision. The long-term growth of the series moving forward, though, will depend on the quality of games that it producing year on year. Activision will be hopeful that the revamping of their 'Call of Duty' development strategy proves a success.

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