Having said that, it's safe to assume that Treyarch will spearhead the next Call of Duty game.
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Treyarch have had their budgets approved for a 2 year lifecycle on their next installment as part of Activision | Blizzard’s 3 year budget cycle. Activision are hedging their bets on MWII doing well financially as well as the infrastructure of COD 2.0. pic.twitter.com/9SDfwYmaro
— Hope (@TheGhostOfHope) October 10, 2022
Here's what Hope said in a follow-up tweet about the next Call of Duty game:
Activision wont make a final decision for another 12-18 months & what Microsoft chooses to do is up in the air still assuming the deal goes through. Ultimately Treyarch is working off the assumption of 2 years. Things can change so keep that in mind with this.
In case you're wondering, the leaker is talking about the unified engine that future Call of Duty games will use, starting with Modern Warfare 2. But, while Hope is a reputable leaker, his recent claim stands in contrast to what Tom Henderson said earlier this year. Henderson also reported that Treyarch is working on a free-to-play title for next year. Even if Treyarch and the rest of Activision Blizzard can handle so many projects at once, you can't help but wonder which of these rumors is true or not.
If nothing else, it is possible that Sledgehammer is already working on the next Call of Duty game that's going to come after Treyarch has had its turn. In this scenario, Treyarch would still be able to work on whatever project it's believed to have in store for next year and in the year after.
Ultimately, without official confirmation, we are at the mercy of Activision Blizzard.
At the moment, Microsoft's acquisition of the massive video game publisher is going well. Brazil's regulatory body has already approved the purchase. Microsoft has also launched a webpage dedicated specifically to the buyout. It seems like Satya Nadella's confidence that the transaction will push through wasn't misplaced.