Treyarch Now Making Black Ops 5 for 2020

Treyarch is taking the reigns on Call of Duty once more. Published by Activision, the series has become an annual franchise, not unlike Madden over the years. 2020’s installment, originally headed by Raven Software and Sledgehammer Games, will now be taken over by Treyarch with the other two studios taking on smaller roles.


The development of the franchise is scattered around, so let’s go through some background information. Treyarch’s first stab at it was all the way back in 2005 for Call of Duty 2: Big Red One, and they’ve worked with Activision in this capacity ever since. They’ve since added Call of Duty 3, World at War, and the entire Black Ops series to their resume. As for Sledgehammer, this 2020 project will be the company’s fourth game, the other three being Modern Warfare 3, Advanced Warfare, and WWII. Sledgehammer is the subsidiary of Activision, and their sole purpose so far has been to add to the Call of Duty brand. Raven Software has a bit of a unique relationship with the series. While most people recognize Infinity Ward (the OG COD developers), Treyarch, and Sledgehammer, many don’t know that Raven has been involved with these teams for nearly nine years. They have been assistant developers on every main game in the franchise since the original Black Ops. They’ve also headed the development of Modern Warfare Remastered, Call of Duty Online, and DLC for multiple titles.


With all of this being said, the different developers have some extended ties to each other, including Sledgehammer’s collaboration with Infinity Ward on MW3. From all of this has stemmed a working relationship between Raven and Sledgehammer that is said to be tense and fraught with arguments. This has led to Treyarch’s intervention. It feels almost like a parent stepping in between two brawling younger siblings. Now that they’ve taken over, this upcoming game is slated to be Black Ops 5. Reports suggest that the game will take place in the Cold War, and this indicates that Black Ops is back to featuring campaigns, something that many fans will be excited about.


1 Pings/Trackbacks for "Treyarch Now Making Black Ops 5 for 2020"
  1. […] at a strange time for Treyarch, as it was announced back in May that the development team would be taking over the lead role in the creation of the next Black Ops title over Sledgehammer and Raven, two experienced Call of Duty developers that can’t seem to […]

Leave a Reply


Cover art for the first 3 dragon quest games that are now coming to Nintendo Switch

The First Three Dragon Quest Games Are Coming Soon to Switch

Publisher Square Enix has announced via twitter that the original three Dragon Quest games are coming to the Nintendo Switch. All three games are coming to the eShop on September…

September 16, 2019, 11
PlayStation 4

PlayStation 4 Surpasses 30 Million Units In United States Market

PlayStation 4 is nothing short of a resounding success for console manufacturer Sony. The console reached the impressive 100 million units shipped milestone faster than any other console, making it…

September 16, 2019, 12
The Game Awards Logo

Geoff Keighley Announces the Date for The Game Awards 2019

Geoff Keighley is not only famous for making a cameo appearance in Death Stranding, he also created The Game Awards – the annual celebration of the best of the best…

September 13, 2019, 63
Girls doing yoga using Ring Con controller

Do Yoga, Kill Monsters in Ring Fit Adventure on Switch

Last week Nintendo shared a pretty bizarre teaser trailer showing happy families getting physical with a mysterious ring-shaped peripheral. Today they drew back the curtain and officially announced Ring Fit…

September 12, 2019, 74
Left Alive gameplay image, features main character Mikhail behind cover

Left Alive Postmortem Review– Metal Gear Slop

Dead in the Water Amidst the legendary blowouts of its contemporaries Anthem and Fallout 76, it is the relatively under-the-radar Left Alive that has been given the bomb beneath the…

September 9, 2019, 118
Screenshot from Project Resistance teaser trailer. Features 4 characters with weapons walking through a decrepit building

Resident Evil Game “Project Resistance” Gets a New Trailer

Capcom have just dropped a teaser trailer for Project Resistance, a Resident Evil spin-off that we now know to be a “team-based survival horror experience” according to the official Resident…

September 9, 2019, 101

Throwback Review: The Witcher 2

The Witcher 2 was many people’s first introduction to the series, including my own. Developed by Polish team CD Projekt Red, The Witcher 2 originally came out in 2011 for…

September 7, 2019, 154
Project Witchstone Key Art

Project Witchstone – PAX West 2019

Project Witchstone has a lot of bold features that take RPG games to a new level. It’s meant to be a return to tabletop games like Dungeons & Dragons where…

September 7, 2019, 91

Metal Revolution – PAX West 2019

Welcome to a new generation of fighting games. From developer and producer NEXT Studios, Metal Revolution brings a unique experience to all fighters who never flinch in the face of…

September 6, 2019, 127
DEEEER Simulator Cover Art

DEEEER Simulator – PAX West 2019

DEEEER Simulator is similar to Goat Simulator, made by NASPAPA Games; the game is all about broken physics and how you can abuse those to destroy the world around you. Unfortunately,…

September 6, 2019, 127