Call of Duty is one of the most popular franchises in the video games world, with more than a dozen titles released across several platforms. Call of Duty: Black Ops is one of the best series in the franchise.
The juggernaut IP is credited with the popularization of the military shooter, a trend that dominated the video games industry for several years. Many of the Call of Duty games have been a big hit among fans, garnering positive reviews and generating hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue for Activision-Blizzard.
In the last eight years, a three-year development cycle was followed with Infinity Ward, Treyarch, and Sledgehammer Games are the developers behind them. However, 2017’s Call of Duty WW2 did not perform as well as the publisher anticipated, and the consequences were quite dire for Sledgehammer Games.
Treyarch Might Launch a Call of Duty: Black Ops Prequel This Year
Management decided to pull the studio from the development of the 2020 COD and brought in Treyarch to take the reins. This decision made some fans happy since Treyarch is behind some of the most iconic entries and additions to the franchise, among which we can count Call of Duty: World at War, the Black Ops series, and the fan-favorite Zombies mode.
While Treyarch will handle the main tasks related to the upcoming titles, Sledgehammer Games and Raven Software will provide additional support.
Details related to the title remain elusive for now, but the success of the Modern Warfare reboot may encourage the developer to return to the roots that made the Black Ops series a hit in the first place. Some fans approached one of the high-ranking employees on a popular social media platform, asking if the game will feature a return to a futuristic setting.
The developer joked that the fan backlash from previous games was quite intense, and there are no chances for a futuristic setting at this point. The Cold War hasn’t been featured heavily in the franchise, and it appears to be a suitable setting for a prequel, but only time will tell.