This year’s Call of Duty, Modern Warfare 2, will be a historic title as it will be the first Call of Duty game to have a two-year life cycle. However, a new report claims that the following game from Treyarch in 2024, could do the same thing, potentially shaking up the Call of Duty cadence permanently.
Well-known Call of Duty leaker, ‘The Ghost of Hope’ has shared on Twitter that he has heard Treyarch are in final talks for a two-year support cycle on their next Call of Duty game. This game, which will release in 2024, will then cause Sledgehammer Games’ next game to release in 2026.
This would be a major shake-up to the formula which Activision hasn’t changed in almost two decades, since Call of Duty 2’s release in 2005. It also comes as Microsoft are in the process of acquiring Activision Blizzard.
The constant rolling release cycle of Call of Duty games has put pressure on the three main studios: Sledgehammer Games, Infinity Ward, and Treyarch. Sledgehammer Games has seemingly been the most affected after the studio was pulled off of Call of Duty 2020 and Treyarch had to rush out Black Ops Cold War to fill the slot left vacant.
UPDATE: Treyarch are in final talks for approval on a 2 year support cycle for their 'COD2024' project. The next Call of Duty that comes after their project will be in Late 2026. https://t.co/O4qlVTu7Dd pic.twitter.com/wdWYBzlBGi
— Hope (@TheGhostOfHope) June 17, 2022
If two year development cycles do become the new normal then we could be in for a far more robust post-launch content plan for each game and even more in each game at launch. That extra year should also give all the studios far more breathing room to polish and iron out bugs.
However, as of right now, Treyarch’s two year support cycle for COD 2024 hasn’t been confirmed or announced, so we likely won’t get an official confirmation until sometime in 2023.