As much as all eyes are still on Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, as well as Call of Duty: Warzone, Activision is already eyeing a Call of Duty 2021 title, which is currently untitled but expected to release some time in 2021.
With that said, it's not entirely surprising that Activision is going to release a new Call of Duty game this year. They've stuck to their annual schedule for years now and 2021 is definitely not going to be an exception with their investment in their Warzone gaming ecosystem proving itself a huge financial success.
However, while we do know that Call of Duty 2021 is in development, there are a lot of things that Activision has yet to confirm.
Who are the developers of Call of Duty 2021? What is the official title of Call of Duty 2021? When is the specific release date? With so many questions and just as many potential answers via leaks and rumors, trying to separate what's confirmed and credible from what isn't is difficult for the casual audience.
Luckily, we're here to help. Below, we've rounded up everything there is to know about Call of Duty 2021.
When is Call of Duty 2021 Release Date?
While we don't have a name yet, we do know that Activision Blizzard has confirmed that Call of Duty 2021 is in development and slated for a Q4 2021 release date.
If we're to go by recent history, Activision Blizzard usually releases a new Call of Duty game in October. However, it is possible that it will release either earlier or, most likely, later than October given the current pandemic. This is the same thing that happened to Call of Duty: Black Ops - Cold War.
Regardless of whether it's going to release in October or November or even in December, we'll likely hear more about it at E3 2021 later in June.
What is the Setting of Call of Duty 2021?
After visiting a modern setting in 2019's Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and the titular Cold War in 2020's Call of Duty: Black Ops - Cold War, Activision Blizzard will reportedly bring gamers back to World War 2 in Call of Duty 2021.
Numerous reports from various credible resources state that Call of Duty 2021 will have a World War 2 setting. However, there are conflicting statements about whether it will follow an "alternative timeline" or a more traditional setting.
Is the Title of Call of Duty 2021 Confirmed Yet?
Despite confirming its existence and release window, Activision Blizzard has yet to reveal the name of Call of Duty 2021. In addition to this, they've also yet to confirm which development studio is working on the game.
Previously, Infinity Ward, Sledgehammer Games, and Treyarch all took yearly turns working on Call of Duty games. This meant that 2020 was supposed to be Sledgehammer Games' schedule. However, the developers of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare and Call of Duty: WWII were rumored to have been relegated to a supporting studio role, similar to Raven Studio. This resulted in Treyarch's Call of Duty: Black Ops - Cold War.
Activision Blizzard has yet to clarify if this is true or not. As such, we'll just have to wait and see what the title of Call of Duty 2021 is and who's in charge of development.
Call of Duty 2021 Wishlist
As of the moment, there's a trio of Call of Duty games that offers a bit of everything for everybody.
The Warzone ecosystem currently hosts three different Call of Duty titles that are distinctly different from each other. But, even though the selection is near-perfect, that doesn't mean that it couldn't get better, as our wishlist will prove to you.
Use the Modern Warfare engine
While Treyarch's Black Ops Cold War is the more recent game, its graphics isn't necessarily better. In fact, many prefer the graphics of Modern Warfare and Warzone over Black Ops Cold War. There's a good reason for this, and it's because these games use different engines. Both Modern Warfare and Warzone use the same more modern engine, which results in better animations, lighting, sound, and bullet physics.
Hopefully, regardless of who is in charge of the development of Call of Duty 2021, they'll choose to use the same IW8 engine that currently powers Modern Warfare and Warzone.
Developed with Next-Gen in Mind
We know. It makes little sense for Activision Blizzard to release Call of Duty 2021 as a next-gen exclusive. However, it does make a lot of sense to develop it with the power of the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X in mind. In particular, we're hoping that Call of Duty 2021 will support up to 120 fps gameplay at 4K (not just one or the other).
Basic multiplayer experience
Basic doesn't necessarily have to be a bad thing, as Black Ops - Cold War has proven so far. Its multiplayer experience is drastically different from what Warzone and Modern Warfare have to offer, which is something that we're hoping to see in Call of Duty 2021.