(Pocket-lint) – For the first time in years, we’re taking a break from Call of Duty in 2023: Modern Warfare 2 will take two years to assimilate, while Treyarch potentially needs more time for its next Black Ops game.
That means that once Modern Warfare 2 is out, we’ll be waiting until 2024 for the next mainline COD, giving plenty of time for rumors and leaks to circulate. Find out all the key details, right here.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 6 release date
It has been widely reported that Modern Warfare 2, Infinity Ward’s next COD, will act as a bit of a reboot for the franchise. This means that, for one thing, it will have a two-year window as the dominant game in the series, rather than being removed from the stage after 12 months.
Fans are actually welcoming this, in general, as it means balancing should take longer to address and the game should get more maps and weapons than a normal COD release in recent years.
It also means that Black Ops 6 (which is the most likely next entry) won’t arrive until 2024. This will come in handy for its main developer, Treyarch, as the game is also moving to the latest version of the IW engine, to be shared by all COD games in the future.
This unity is in contrast to recent times, where Modern Warfare 2019, Black Ops Cold War, and Vanguard used different iterations of the engine that made it difficult to meld their content into the juggernaut that is Warzone.
Call of Duty Platforms: Black Ops 6
In the old days, figuring out which platforms the next Call of Duty would appear on was the easiest task in the world, on all of them. Now, however, things are much more complicated. The elephant in the room is Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard.
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This deal (when it’s finally completed) means that Xbox actually owns Call of Duty, with the potential to make it the biggest console exclusive franchise in the world. However, in the relative short term, this is not how things are expected to play out.
PlayStation has a long-standing marketing deal with Activision for Call of Duty games that sees it first in game modes and other priority treatment, and this apparently extends to a contract that should see the next COD games arrive. to PlayStation consoles.
NEW: Activision is committed to releasing at least the next three Call of Duty games on PlayStation even after the Xbox acquisition, according to people familiar with the deal. That’s COD2022, COD2023, and Warzone 2 (in 2023). After that, it’s more confusing. https://t.co/OpWE7Tk9KV
—Jason Schreier (@jasonschreier) January 25, 2022
While the dates in Schreier’s Tweet above are no longer considered accurate, the substance is, so here’s hoping Black Ops 6 comes to Xbox and PlayStation consoles, as well as PC.
History of Call of Duty: Black Ops 6
The Black Ops series began as an offshoot of modern COD games, and from the start it played a little faster and looser with the story, jumping into documented events and turning them into a vast web of conspiracies and false flag operations.
At this time, we don’t have any concrete details on Activision’s likely continuation of the series’ story, but a leak in July 2022 led to some interesting revelations.
Files found in Warzone Mobile’s closed alpha test files and posted on Twitter (before being quickly removed for copyright infringement) apparently showed a couple of images from Black Ops 6.
One had a key detail to offer: a Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk stealth bomber parked in a hangar, which makes it highly likely that the game will involve some Gulf War action, given the aircraft’s prominent use in that conflict.
This doesn’t guarantee anything, but it would make sense for the series to continue moving forward in time after the action in Cold War, and we’ll be interested to see how it remixes history this time around.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 6 Gameplay
We can be a little more certain of how Black Ops 6 will ultimately play out: it is a Call of Duty, after all.
That means you can definitely expect bombastic first-person shooting and a decent amount of vehicular combat as well given the evidence of recent games in the series.
Black Ops has often featured a slightly more arcadey look compared to the grittier reality of Modern Warfare games, with more neon-drenched lighting and a slightly lighter tone, but that’s never guaranteed.
Since the game will be on the same engine as Modern Warfare 2, it should look great, and we’ll be interested to see if it iterates on game features like mounting and opening doors, as these have been variable before.
It’ll take some time to find out, though: until we get our hands on Modern Warfare 2, we won’t even know what Black Ops 6 might be working with.
Written by Max Freeman-Mills.