The Tom Henderson report, via exputer, says that pre-production has begun on Sledgehammer's next COD title, and it may be aiming for a 2025 release. That'd give the team roughly four years of development, the same length of time that separated Sledgehammer's last two games, WWII and Vanguard.
Whether the developer will stick with the same time period again remains to be seen. Vanguard didn't meet Activision's lofty internal standards, even if Sledgehammer previously expressed interest in continuing Vanguard's story beyond one game.
Either way, concrete details are scarce at this time, as development is reportedly very early on at the moment. Still, we'd expect the team to decide on something pretty soon, as the turnaround time on Call of Duty isn't exactly generous.
In the meantime, there's plenty more Call of Duty on the way. Another Modern Warfare instalment is already confirmed for 2022, and that series' developer Infinity Ward is also working on a successor to Warzone, CoD's hugely popular battle royale game.
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