While next year’s Call of Duty is still roughly 20 months away from release, a new report claims that it doesn’t even have a main developer yet. This year will likely see the release of Call of Duty Black Ops: Gulf War following previous leaks, though the entry in 2025 remains a mystery.
According to Tom Henderson, the Call of Duty game releasing in 2025 doesn’t have a main developer yet. The franchise rotates development on three studios: Sledgehammer Games, Infinity Ward and Treyarch, which is believed to be developing this year’s entry. Henderson states that 2026’s entry will be developed by Infinity Ward while 2027’s entry will be handled by Sledgehammer Games.
However, Henderson claims that next year’s Call of Duty has yet to be assigned a developer and judging by current assignments, it seems like most of the studios already have a busy schedule. Originally, Sledgehammer Games was rumoured to develop next year’s title but due to the tight 16-month development of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, the studio refused the offer and didn’t want to become a “year 2 support studio.”
High Moon Studios was also in the running at one point, which would’ve made it the fourth studio to work on a Call of Duty title. Henderson concludes by stating that he believes it will fall to Treyarch in the end, which is already working on quite a hectic schedule. As with all rumours and reports, take this with a pinch of salt until we get an official confirmation from Activision.
While Activision previously stated that it has plans for Call of Duty up until 2027, it’s unclear how development on next year’s game will progress. It’s worth noting that a leak from back in 2022 claimed that 2025’s entry would be a sequel to Advanced Warfare, though it’s hard to imagine Sledgehammer Games not being directly involved in that project since it developed the original title.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is available for PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S and PC.
Source: Tom Henderson