Well-known insider Tom Henderson tweeted an image of the Call of Duty series development timeline. He is confident that the next part of the long-running series is being prepared by Sledgehammer Games, known to players for Advanced Warfare and World War II.
Henderson added that this is not a leak or a drain from someone in the studio. This is just his personal guess, which seems the most likely to an insider.
If you believe the Henderson chart, then in May 2019, Treyarch took the palm from SH Games, which released Black Ops Cold War in November 2020. In August 2019, SH Games began development on Call of Duty 2021, which, according to an insider, will be released on November 12.
Henderson noted that this way Sledgehammer Games has 2 years and 3 months of active development at its disposal, which is much more than Cold War, which came out very raw and with little content. However, the insider does not rule out that Infnity Ward may be engaged in development, but in this case COD 2021 is unlikely to go beyond Cold War in terms of quality of performance – from October 2019 to September 2020, IW was involved in supporting Modern Warfare and the Warzone battle royale.
Henderson believes that Sledgehammer Games may well continue Advanced Warfare and WWII, but the futurism of the former will be quite difficult to implement in modern Warzone.