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Activision finally confirms Sledgehammer Games is making the next Call of Duty

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After a few months of rumors that sounded increasingly likely, Activision confirmed today in its quarterly earnings report that the next Call of Duty is being developed by Sledgehammer Games. In addition to providing support on Black Ops – Cold War, the studio's last major project was 2017's Call of Duty: WWII (opens in new tab).

"We are very excited for this year's premium Call of Duty release," Activision president and COO Dan Alegre said. "Development is being led by Sledgehammer Games. The game is looking great and on track for its Fall [2021] release."

Alegre also mentioned that the new game is built to "integrate with and enhance" Call of Duty: Warzone. He didn't get into details, but we can likely expect an integration similar to Cold War's in December. Currently, Warzone and Cold War share a single ecosystem of weapons and battle pass unlocks.

The new Sledgehammer CoD will, naturally, include singleplayer, multiplayer, and some sort of co-op mode. Activision didn't comment on the setting of the new game, which is rumored to be codenamed 'Vanguard (opens in new tab)' and might be another return to World War 2.

Sledgehammer itself seems to be relieved that the news has finally been confirmed, if this cheeky tweet is any indication.

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Morgan has been writing for PC Gamer since 2018, first as a freelancer and currently as a staff writer. He has also appeared on Polygon, Kotaku, Fanbyte, and PCGamesN. Before freelancing, he spent most of high school and all of college writing at small gaming sites that didn't pay him. He's very happy to have a real job now. Morgan is a beat writer following the latest and greatest shooters and the communities that play them. He also writes general news, reviews, features, the occasional guide, and bad jokes in Slack. Twist his arm, and he'll even write about a boring strategy game. Please don't, though.