With a Call of Duty game being released every single year, yet still managing to sell incredibly well, it is unlikely that this trend will be stopping anytime soon. As such, 2021's entry is already in development, and while Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is only a third of the way through its life cycle, players already know a fair bit about the upcoming release. With reputable leakers like Tom Henderson providing several tidbits of information over the past few weeks, players should be able to picture what this year’s game could look like.
Call of Duty 2021 has seen its developer leaked as well as its tone and gameplay style. Fans have also been given hints at several potential settings via different sources, and while it is unclear which is true, knowing when and where the game could be set should be useful to fans. Lastly, Call of Duty leakers have hinted at how the game will be revealed and when, giving players a solid idea of how long they will be waiting to hear more than just rumors. So far, here is everything known about Call of Duty 2021.
According to several different sources, Call of Duty 2021 is going to be developed by Sledgehammer Games. The studio got its start with the Call of Duty series by a assisting with the development of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, and not long after Sledgehammer was given the chance to make its own Call of Duty game. 2014’s Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare was the result, with the game introducing exos to players — a divisive gameplay mechanic that was used in 2015 and 2016’s Call of Duty entries as well. Supply drops also made their debut in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, giving the game an interesting legacy.
Sledgehammer returned for 2017’s Call of Duty: WW2, another divisive Call of Duty game due to its limited 6v6 map pool as well as the odd Divisions system. Still, the game did some interesting things with its Call of Duty Zombies mode, and Sledghammer’s Headquarters system was an interesting experiment to say the least. Since WW2, Sledgehammer has seen its founders and Dead Space visionaries Glen Schofield and Michael Condrey move on to new projects, with the rest of the studio assisting with Call of Duty: Warzone in the meantime. Despite these departures, though, it sounds like Sledgehammer Games is preparing to put its spin on Call of Duty once again.
Thus far, Call of Duty 2021 has had several potential settings rumored, with one coming from well-known Call of Duty leaker Tom Henderson. Proven right on a few separate occasions, Henderson has built up a solid reputation with Call of Duty fans, and many look to his social media accounts for early information on the franchise. According to Henderson, the next Call of Duty game will either be set in the future or go by the name "Guerrilla Warfare." Henderson seems to push the idea of Guerrilla Warfare more heavily in his post, suggesting that players could be playing as civilians in a rebellion.
Another leaker named @Victor___Z suggests that Sledgehammer will returning to the second World War, likely looking at more battles in the Western Front this time around. While it is unclear if the Call of Duty community would like to go back to World War 2 yet again, this does seem like a safer option than another futuristic game or the untapped territory of Guerrilla Warfare. With the original Call of Duty games and 2008’s Call of Duty: World at War joining WW2, there has been no shortage of entries focused on the global conflict.
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