In a new article appeared on Kotaku, Jason Schreier has spread quite a bit of rumors about the future of the Call of Duty franchise : according to his sources, Modern Warfare 4 will actually come out this year, while next year it will be back to Treyarch with Black Ops 5: Sledgehammer will be sent to the bench, and will oversee the supervision.
The three-year development cycles, which saw the three teams working on Call of Duty – Infinity Ward, Treyarch, and Sledgehammer Games – would alternate on a regular basis. Well, it’s not the only information Kotaku has managed to learn from his anonymous sources. Apparently, Activision has not been very satisfied with the proceeds generated by Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, despite the excellent sales that it has recorded.
The American company, therefore, would be thinking of a radical change of business and the adoption of the free-to-play model. No final decision seems to have been taken, but the leaders would be actively discussing it. Three different sources also reported to Schreier that a free-to-play component could already be included in this year’s chapter, the likely Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 4. The details have not yet been finalized, partly because not all within Activision they seem to agree with this change.
We’ll see. Meanwhile, we await the announcement of the next episode, which according to the latest rumors could take place in early June. We know for sure, in any case, that the new Call of Duty will be at E3 2019.