Call of Duty 2021 is coming later this year, though beyond that, gamers know truly little about the latest entry in the series. Several reports have stated that the game will have a traditional World War 2 setting, and while Call of Duty attempting alternate history would have been more interesting, a return to the era is seeming increasingly likely. While this will surely disappoint some players, as World War 2 has been covered just as heavily by video games as it has by movies, there are still some things that could be done to make the game stand out.
Rumored developer Sledgehammer Games has a lot to prove with Call of Duty 2021, as its previous solo outings proved divisive with fans. There is a lot that can be done to make fans happy, ranging from a focus on 6v6 content to an interesting co-op game mode. Though nothing is officially confirmed about the game, as Activision has been tight-lipped regarding the 2021 release, there is no harm in speculating about what the best possible version of this year’s Call of Duty would look like.
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War’s launch was anything but smooth, with Treyarch struggling due to both COVID-19 and a rushed development. The game was extremely buggy at launch, with consistent crashes seen as players attempted to enjoy the game. Several bugs were seen, ranging from weapon challenges not working to a number of multiplayer exploits. To this day, gamers are still encountering small issues like missing text in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, with split-screen play remaining broken half a year later. Features are also slowly being added to the game that many feel should have been there at launch, adding to the controversy.
Above all else, Activision and Sledgehammer Games need to ensure that similar problems are not seen with Call of Duty 2021. The game needs to live up to the standard set by the other games in the series, with an immense level of polish and lack of bugs from day one. Further, it needs to be a finished game as soon as it launches, with the full lineup of features available from the get-go. If the game runs correctly and all its content works as intended when it releases later this year, it will already be starting in a better place than its predecessor. From League play to a working split-screen mode, there is plenty that needs to be available to gamers from the start.
Going hand-in-hand with the buggy release state of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War was its forced integration with Call of Duty: Warzone. While Activision has said that it has learned a lot from the first attempt at integrating the new content into the battle royale game, it needs to prove that it has when the next Call of Duty launches. For the first few months after the integration took place, Call of Duty: Warzone was in a rough state, as the Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War guns were completely unbalanced. Further, with the game already full of content, integrating even more guns and Operators into the mix could overwhelm players and cause issues. If Call of Duty 2021 wants to satisfy fans, not hurting the immensely popular Call of Duty: Warzone would be wise.
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