Sounds Like Call of Duty is Rebooting Black Ops This Year

Activision is leaning into reboots for a second year in a row.

A new Call of Duty every year is up there with death and taxes. An inevitable thing we all expect to come. But thankfully, Call of Duty comes at regular intervals, so we know to expect a new one sometime this November, as is annual tradition. But some details have leaked that say this year’s Call of Duty will be a reboot of sorts of one of the franchise’s subseries, as reports say 2020 will mark the return of Call of Duty: Black Ops.

YouTube channel TheGamingRevolution has posted a 28-minute video running down the details they know, but here are the major takeaways:

  • Treyarch, the primary developer of the Black Ops subseries, will be returning as the lead studio on the game, but Sledgehammer Games and Raven Software will be contributing as supporting studios.
  • The game will simply be called Call of Duty: Black Ops, and will featuring returning characters Alex Mason and Sergeant Frank Woods. However, they won’t be portrayed by the same actors who played them in the previous game, and it won’t be a 1:1 retelling of the first Black Ops, despite the title.
  • Story-wise, Black Ops will be about events surrounding the Cold War and Vietnam War, and given the Call of Duty franchise’s recent treatment of real-world wars that does not inspire a ton of confidence.
  • As for multiplayer modes, the Black Ops reboot will have a 32 vs. 32 player Ground War mode like last year’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, as well as the return of Zombies mode, a series staple.
  • While there’s no word on whether or not the game will feature a battle royale mode. Considering Activision just launched Call of Duty: Warzone, a free-to-play, standalone battle royale game, in the last week, there doesn’t really seem to be a need for there to be another mode that could pull people away from that game.

You can check out TheGamingRevolution’s full 28-minute video here:

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In the past, most Call of Duty games are revealed around May each year, so we’ll see in the coming months what Treyarch and friends are up to. In the meantime, Call of Duty: Warzone is out and giving people a possible new forever game in these trying times of self-quarantine. It’s really too bad the download size for it is over 100GB because no amount of global pandemic is going to improve my internet speed enough to download that and play with my friends. Please, press F to pay respects.

While this hypothetical Black Ops reboot is still probably around eight months away, you can still play last year’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, and if you want some tips and tricks on how to do that most efficiently, check out our guides, like this one on things the game doesn’t really tell you.