Report: Call of Duty 2020 is a Black Ops Reboot

Report: Call of Duty 2020 is a Black Ops Reboot

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Games discussed: , Call of Duty: Modern Warfare

We've suspected for some time that the next Call of Duty would be a Black Ops sequel. Now the latest reports say it's actually a series reboot. 

The Gaming Revolution first shared the news this morning on YouTube. TGR has been known to reveal leaks like this before and the latest report is that the Black Ops sequel we had been expecting is actually a series refresh, featuring past heroes Frank West and Alex Mason, albeit portrayed by new actors.

Originally, it was expected that Call of Duty 2020 would be co-developed by Sledgehammer and Raven, two Activision studios which have lent support to numerous other Call of Duty games. But when the relationship between the two soured, the project was handed off to Treyarch to salvage this year's release, according to Kotaku

The Black Ops reboot report suggests both of those studios are now lending a hand to Treyarch for what will be a similar reimagining to 2019's Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. The story is expected to return to the Cold War and specifically the Vietnam War, telling a new story but using some beats from the original 2010 game. 

Supposedly it will run on the new engine Infinity Ward just used for Modern Warfare which will allow it to feature 64-player multiplayer matches. Other details include an expected return of killstreaks in PvP and Operators to play as. The post-launch DLC will once again be free, with presumably soem sort of battle pass, perhaps even built around a Zombies mode. Speaking of the Zombies mode, TGR says this year's storyline won't be as fantastical as those in years past.

It would seem unlikely the game will include a battle royale, as Activision now reportedly envisions its Call of Duty efforts as a trident of annual premiere games, Call of Duty Mobile, and Call of Duty Warzone, the standalone free to play battle royale.

While rumors should always be taken with a grain of salt, this one comes from a prolific Call of Duty leaker, and lately it's seemed like gaming rumors that float to the top like this tend to be true. 

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