"Semi-futuristic" setting reportedly planned for Call of Duty 2023

We're at least two Call of Duty games away from Treyarch's turn in the driver's seat, but a leaker suggests that Activision has already plotted out 2023's Call of Duty title.

It's no secret that Activision plans its Call of Duty games years ahead. Unlike EA, Activision has continued with its three-year CoD development cycle, albeit with a slight changes. For example, it's Sledgehammer Games' turn this year instead of Infinity Ward. Treyarch stepped in to spearhead Call of Duty: Black Ops - Cold War back in 2020 after already working on Black Ops 4 in 2018.

Call of Duty: Black Ops II holds a special place in the hearts of Call of Duty fans.

With Treyarch's turn in the captain's seat due until 2023 at the earliest, audiences will get a chance to play at least two new Call of Duty games before then. There's Sledgehammer's Call of Duty: Vanguard that is scheduled for later this year. Then, there's Infinity Ward's next Call of Duty game in 2022.

However, even though Treyarch's next Call of Duty game isn't coming for at least the next two years, it appears that details about the unannounced game have leaked already.

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Tom Henderson leaks info on Call of Duty 2023

According to popular Call of Duty leaker, Tom Henderson, Treyarch's 2023 Call of Duty game will have a "semi-futuristic" setting, with him adding that it will feature "boots on the ground." If you're thinking that it sounds a lot like a follow-up to Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, then you're not alone. The 2012 shooter by Treyarch is, by far, one of the most popular Call of Duty games of all time, but its 2015 and 2018 sequels failed to live up to expectations, with critics singling out its uninspired single-player content, among other issues.

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Since Treyarch will be working on Call of Duty 2023, it's not far-fetched for the series to return to a similar setting with Call of Duty: Black Ops 2.

Black Ops II was the last Call of Duty game that's set in the near-future.

With that said, it'll be interesting to see if this "semi-futuristic" setting is true and how it will pan out. Black Ops III was set in 2065, 40 years after the events of Black Ops II. Judging by how audiences today still prefer Black Ops II, Treyarch's next Call of Duty game might be set right around the same time. If this is the case, then we might see a familiar face in an older David Mason, alongside other iconic weapons like the KSG, Skorpion EVO, and the AN-94, among others.

Of course, because this intel obviously doesn't come from official sources, we suggest that you take everything with a grain of salt.

Ray Ampoloquio
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