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Activision confirms Sledgehammer as lead studio for Call of Duty 2021

Activision is finally opening up about its plans for Call of Duty in 2021. During a financial call that took place last night, the publisher confirmed that Sledgehammer Games is leading development for this year's game. 

Speaking on this year's plans, Activision Blizzard COO, Daniel Alegre, stated: “Development is being led by Sledgehammer Games, and the game is looking great and on track for its fall release”. Alegre goes on to confirm that this year's game is “built for next generation”, indicating that this year's entry could be the first to only be available on PC, Xbox Series X/S and PS5, skipping over the last-gen systems.

This lines up with recent leaks, which claim that Sledgehammer is working on Call of Duty WWII: Vanguard, which will have a campaign set in an alternative history timeline. However, recent reports have also claimed that the project is not in good shape and is heading towards a bad launch.

At this point, Activision expects to ship this year's Call of Duty in Autumn 2021, which likely translates to an October release window, similar to other Call of Duty titles in recent years.

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KitGuru Says: While Modern Warfare (2019) turned out to be great, I haven't really been enjoying Black Ops Cold War. Do you think Call of Duty will bounce back this year with another WWII game? 

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