Sledgehammer game will be transformed into Call of Duty Black Ops 5 by Treyarch.
Activision seems to have something different in mind for the Call of Duty series rolling development plan, which involves three major studios – Sledgehammer, Infinity Ward and Treyarch Studios. While Infinity Ward intended to develop this year’s Call of Duty, virtually confirmed as Modern Warfare 4, Sledgehammer is working on the 2020 Call of Duty, but Activision has decided to change things.
According to a report by Kotaku, Activision informed Raven and Sledgehammer that it will not go ahead with the project and that Treyarch will be responsible for launching Call of Duty Black Ops 5 next year.
Sledgehammer Games introduced in 2017 the popular Call of Duty: WW2 and this is a major change in the usual three-year development cycle that allowed the three studios to interleave releases.
Treyarch introduced Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 in October 2018 and this unofficial information indicates that, contrary to what has happened to date, it will not have two years to develop a new game.
Kotaku says it was informed that Sledgehammer and Raven were collaborating on a Call of Duty that would get you into the Cold War, presumably in Vietnam, but now they’re going to work for Treyarch – to turn their game campaign into the Black Ops 5.
Sources within Treyarch say this is not entirely to their liking and that less than a year to develop the new game will mean lots of overtime and an incredible effort. The Call of Duty series remains one of the most popular in the industry, but sales of Black Ops 4 have not kept up as long as Activision would like and the publisher is thinking of ways to streamline the name of Call of Duty.
Jason Schreier of Kotaku says he has talked to people at these studios and discovered that the relationship between Raven and Sledgehammer was not the best and that discussions were too frequent, prompting Activision to take action.