Even though there hasn’t been an announcement by Activision, it’s a foregone conclusion that a new Call of Duty game developed by Treyarch will launch this coming November. There’s no official information on the game just yet, but new rumors making the rounds may have revealed its title, setting, and more.
According to supposed industry insider Marcus Sellars, 2018’s Call of Duty will be called Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, and it will be available for the Nintendo Switch. Sellars also claims that Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 will be set in modern times and will feature “boots on the ground” gameplay, meaning that fans shouldn’t have to worry about jetpacks or wall-running returning to the franchise any time soon.
However, fans should take this information with a massive grain of salt. It’s true that Sellars has accurately predicted some industry events in the past, like the January Nintendo Direct, for instance, but many of his supposed leaks have not come to pass.
COD 2018 is Black Ops 4 and is coming to PS4/Xbox/PC/Switch. It is set in the modern times and is boots on the ground. The Switch version will support DLC, HD Rumble and motion controls. The Switch version is also being ported by a company which is familar with COD games.
— Marcus Sellars (@Marcus_Sellars) February 4, 2018
That being said, it would make sense for the next Call of Duty to be Black Ops 4 and for it to be set in modern times. The rumored Nintendo Switch port also seems like a no-brainer, given the console’s runaway success and the fact that many Call of Duty games in the past have appeared on Nintendo consoles.
Furthermore, there is actually some evidence to back up these latest rumors. Previously, the voice actor for Black Ops character Frank Woods seemingly confirmed Black Ops 4 while talking to a fan on Twitter, and there was also a job posting by Treyarch that suggested the next Call of Duty would be set in modern times. Considering this evidence, there may very well be some truth to the claims Sellars is making.
Whether or not Call of Duty 2018 is Black Ops 4 as predicted by both Sellars and the Cowen & Company research firm remains to be seen. However, we should know more about the upcoming game by E3 this June.
An untitled Call of Duty game is in development for unspecified consoles.