- Activision's upcoming Call of Duty 2025 title is rumored to follow a similar format to 2023's Modern Warfare III.
- Leaks suggest that Call of Duty 2025 will feature remastered maps from Black Ops II, including classics like Hijacked, Standoff, Raid, and Meltdown.
- The reason behind the choice of Black Ops 2 maps might be due to their popularity and the iconic downloadable Nuketown 2025.
Call of Duty has built itself a reputation as a franchise that keeps on giving... the same thing, year after year. So it isn't that much more surprising if Activision is once again banking on our fond memories for its next installment after Treyarch's 2024 title.
Recent leaks suggest that Call of Duty 2025 will follow a format similar to 2023's Modern Warfare III. Essentially, 2025's Call of Duty title is set to include remastered maps from Black Ops II (though this is subject to change within the next two years), as revealed by the reliable COD leaker, @el_bobberto.
This means that we might be seeing classics like Hijacked, Standoff, Raid, and Meltdown in all their revamped glory. This rumor has also been backed up by another COD leaker, @TheMW2Ghost, who stated in response:
From what I've heard some time back, I can add that I also heard similar that Black Ops 2 maps were in the remaster pipeline.
Previous reports had indicated that Sledgehammer Games was set to helm the development of Call of Duty 2025, as a sequel to the divisive 2014 release, Advanced Warfare. However, the latest developments suggest that Treyarch will assume the primary development role for this upcoming installment.
Call of Duty fans may wonder why Treyarch would choose to remaster Black Ops 2 maps over its predecessor. The answer to this question is simple: these maps are popular. Not to mention, because of Nuketown 2025. I mean, if you can't remaster Nuketown 2025 for 2025, then when can you?
The upcoming Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 is already set to give us a heavy dose of nostalgia with remastered maps from 2009's Modern Warfare 2. So, the question arises: Is this a genuine attempt to rekindle our love for the classics, or is Activision just running out of fresh ideas? Some fans argue that it's the latter, pointing out that the franchise seems to be banking heavily on the past to drive its future.
Black Ops 4, for instance, had four maps from previous Black Ops titles in its rotation upon release. Though nostalgia is a powerful marketing instrument, there's a fine line between giving fans what they want and oversaturating a franchise with the same content. It's no secret that one of the most exciting aspects of a new Call of Duty release is mastering the new maps, but with the influx of remastered maps, that thrill is somewhat diminished.
Activision will be closely monitoring how players will receive the remastered maps in Modern Warfare 3 to make a decision on how to progress in future titles. If Activision keeps this up, we might just get a remastered version of the remastered version of our favorite titles at this rate.