Call of Duty: Vanguard is 2021's Call of Duty release helmed by Sledgehammer Games and set to launch on November 5th. But if you're not interested in another WWII video game, what's next for Call of Duty? While there aren't many official details out just yet, in this article we'll talk about what you can expect from the next Call of Duty game.
Activision recently announced that all of their core development studios were working on Call of Duty. This naturally includes the longtime Call of Duty developers Treyarch and Infinity Ward but also includes other teams like Sledgehammer Games and Raven Software.
To keep up with the yearly pace of Call of Duty releases, Activision has each of these four main studios work on Call of Duty games concurrently. Infinity Ward developed the Modern Warfare reboot; Treyarch developed 2020's Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War; and Raven is leading the development of Warzone.
Sledgehammer is developing Vanguard, and Treyarch will be developing Vanguard's zombies mode, while Raven hunkers down and works on a new Warzone map to coincide with the launch (or perhaps the first season) of Vanguard.
So, the only developer we haven't heard from in a while is Infinity Ward, which tracks because none of the other major Call of Duty developers would be in a place to release a game in 2022. Especially not Treyarch, a studio that just launched and supported a game that is now developing a major mode in Vanguard.
Call of Duty 2022 is then inevitably going to be another Infinity Ward Call of Duty, and with no indication the series will return to the future it covered with a litany of games from Ghosts through Black Ops 4, all signs point to Modern Warfare 2.
Black Ops Cold War was originally to be developed by Sledgehammer Games with assistance from Raven, but there were issues with development, so Treyarch was asked to step in and lead the project with Raven as a support studio. This major shakeup behind the scenes, on top of the Coronavirus, led to Black Ops Cold War launching with less content than usual.
The development of the Modern Warfare reboot was also complicated. With that game came the launch of a massively overhauled engine, propelling Call of Duty into the modern-day. Not only did Infinity Ward rebuild their engine, but they also developed the entire Warzone experience on top of a traditional campaign and Spec Ops experience, too.
For Modern Warfare 2, Infinity Ward won't have to rebuild their engine again nor will they won't have to develop any Warzone content, so they can focus on the traditional pillars of a Modern Warfare game: the campaign, the multiplayer, and Spec Ops.
With that level of development focus, there's a good chance Infinity Ward will have the resources to address major complaints about Modern Warfare, like the minimap not working like a traditional Call of Duty, overly convoluted map designs, and a hugely unimpressive and uninteresting Spec Ops experience.