No Call of Duty has ever waited this long into a year before it's revealed, but the debut may finally be near as codenamed store links begin to appear.
Spotted on the Microsoft Store (thanks PC Gamer) is a listing for a game named The Red Door. This wouldn't be so mysterious on its own, but the more details you read on the store page, the more intriguing things get.
As rumors have swirled that this year's Call of Duty is some sort of Black Ops reboot or sequel, the synopsis lends itself to having more of the weirdness the first Black Ops had.
"There is more than one truth. If you go looking for answers, be ready to question everything and accept that nothing will ever be the same. The Red Door awaits, do you dare step through it?"
The game has also been rated by the ESRB and designated M for mature audiences 17 and older, just like every Call of Duty is rated. It's even published by Activision and its file size is a whopping 80+ gigs, which signals this is no secret indie project.
Thus, the possible codename could be a nod to The Rolling Stones' "Paint it Black, which was featured in the original game in the subseries. The lyrics, "I see a red door and I want it painted black" suddenly ring very suspiciously.
If none of this convinces you, consider that recently PlayStation Store scrapers SerialStation recently published a similar store link, whose metadata included the content ID "COD2020INTALPHA1."
What does it all mean? Seemingly, it tells us the Call of Duty alpha isn't far off, and you're not going to have an alpha before a reveal, so look for that official announcement sometime soon.