Infinity Ward's Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II (2022) comes out in just a couple of months, but Modern Warfare II is going to be the main CoD game for a full two years, as Treyarch's next Call of Duty is slated to come out in 2024. Right now, the news cycle is dominated by Modern Warfare II information, so in this article, we'll explain everything you need to know about Treyarch's Call of Duty 2024.
CoD 2024 Isn't Treyarch's Next Call of Duty Game
Treyarch is reportedly working on another Call of Duty game that's coming out in 2023; however, it's not going to be the next mainline Call of Duty. Activision has, for the first time in the franchise's history, delayed Treyarch's next mainline CoD from 2023 to 2024. Treyarch is working on a new free-to-play Call of Duty game that's coming out soon.
Officially, we don't know anything about this game, but based on leaks, rumors, and speculation, there are only a few possibilities. First, Treyarch could be, for some reason, handling Warzone Mobile, and that could be planned for 2023. This doesn't make much sense, though, considering Treyarch doesn't have much experience with either the Warzone IP or mobile development.
So, there are pretty much just two working theories: a standalone Zombies game or a tactical/esport/Valorant competitor game. Zombies has always been popular in the CoD franchise since its introduction in World at War, and Treyarch has been increasingly upping the ambition of Zombies modes in CoD games. Then, in the FPS world, tactical competitive games like CS, Valorant, and Rainbow have dominated the landscape for years.
Neither of these possible games would take as much time or as many resources to develop as a mainline CoD, and both would make sense. However, it's recently been leaked that not only is Modern Warfare II to get a map editor but so is Treyarch's free-to-play game, and this would make much more sense for a Zombies game than it would a tactical shooter.
It Might Not Have a Two-Year Life Cycle
Sledgehammer Games is reported to be working on its next Call of Duty game, and doubtlessly, Infinity Ward will be working on its next game as soon as Modern Warfare II releases. More CoD games are in the works, and Activision only delayed CoD 2023 because of how stretched Treyarch has been, particularly in the wake of COVID-19. It's an unusual circumstance, to say the least.
So, there's much speculation that Activision will quietly return to the yearly release cycle for Call of Duty starting again with CoD 2024. However, Microsoft will soon be in control of not just Call of Duty but all of Activision-Blizzard, and big changes may come to Call of Duty as a result. While there isn't official word, since this hasn't happened before, doubtlessly many over at Activision will be monitoring Modern Warfare II's year-two performance.
If you want to see fewer Call of Duty games, definitely don't give up on Modern Warfare II during its second year of support, as Activision will likely try and release as many CoD games as they possibly can if they feel like people are willing to buy more CoD games. Ultimately, gamers do decide how many games come out, and like Ubisoft did with Assassin's Creed, CoD can become a franchise that doesn't release every year.
It Will Use Modern Warfare II's Engine and Probably Be Set in the Near Future
One of the more interesting bits of recent news is that, going forward, Call of Duty will rely on one engine. The Modern Warfare II engine will be used collectively by all the major CoD developers and worked on together by all the CoD developers. This means that future CoD games, like Treyarch's 2024 CoD will also use a version of the Modern Warfare II engine.
Doubtlessly this comes as a change because of how tough it was integrating different content into Warzone that didn't run on the same engine, but the Modern Warfare engine is particularly beloved, so it's doubtful that many fans are disappointed by this news. It's a beautiful engine, and it'll be great to see what Treyarch can do with it.
And what Tryerach will do for CoD 2024 is reportedly going to be a spiritual successor to Black Ops 2, much like Modern Warfare II is to Modern Warfare 2, and be a boots-on-the-ground game set in the near future, somewhat similar to Battlefield 2042 in terms of setting. It's not clear exactly where or when the next game will take place or will be set, but in general, this is the expectation for Treyarch's next CoD.