Following countless leaks, teases, and rumors, we've got an official name for Call of Duty 2020. As expected, it's Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War. The series is moving back to the past to tell a period story interwoven with proxy war intrigue and likely a few familiar faces.
For now, we still don't know much beyond the official title, but Activision has revealed a deeper dive is coming next week, August 26, which will properly introduce the next Call of Duty to its millions of fans, all of whom found themselves waiting much longer than usual for precisely this headline.
In a live-action-infused trailer, Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is introduced through proper channels for the first time. No more Warzone easter eggs, no more Reddit rumor threads. It's the real thing this time. See for yourself.
It's worth noting that, although the game's name has been revealed, and a gameplay demonstration is coming in just a few days, nowhere does the trailer actually indicate Black Ops Cold War is coming in 2020. It's long been assumed because an autumn launch for a new Call of Duty is as sure as the leaves falling from the trees, but given the pandemic, the late start to its marketing schedule, and the game's well-recorded tumult through development, it stands to reason that maybe we won't even get a Call of Duty 2020.
If it's not ready, we expect Warzone and Call of Duty Mobile can carry the brand forward without any issues, though it would still feel a bit strange to have a holiday season without a new Call of Duty - especially during the launch of a new generation. We'll know a lot more on August 26.