This autumn’s Call of Duty game is called Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, according to a leak backed up by Eurogamer’s own sources.
Call of Duty leaker Okami posted a mocked-up box cover with the correct title on Twitter last night. It’s fair to say this isn’t the artwork you’ll see later this year, but the title is on the money.
— Okami (@Okami13_) May 19, 2020
As the name suggests, Treyarch’s Black Ops series is returning to its roots with a historical setting. Treyarch’s series began in the 1960s, before leaping into the future for its sequels.
It’s a similar situation to Infinity Ward’s Modern Warfare, which after several sequels got a soft reboot last year.
As Eurogamer reported yesterday, Call of Duty battle royale Warzone has begun a set of teases to do with its locked bunkers, which will slowly hint at a Cold War setting over time. There’s more to come there before Activision makes Cold War official, though of course players have already glitched through walls and seen some of what is in store, including a Cold War era spyplane.
This will be the fifth major Black Ops game from Treyarch, just two years after the last. One of my favourite things about Call of Duty 4, stylised as Call of Duty IIII, was that Christian Donlan visited the British Museum to talk about why it was IIII and not IV.
Activision declined to comment when contacted.