“And what you should expect is that there will be a very tight integration between the two. Modern Warfare and Warzone are obviously very tightly connected, and I think that’s really important for the player base,” said Kostich.“We plan to do the same with all our upcoming titles as well – our premium titles — to ensure we can reward all our players and give them fresh new experiences regardless of whether they choose to just play Warzone or also playing the premium game as well. So the connection will absolutely be there,” he added. This suggests that even beyond this year’s Call of Duty, future “premium” COD games will feature an intrinsic connection with the free-to-play Warzone.
Another quote from the call talks bout how Warzone has caused the team to “rethink how, when and even where we reveal our upcoming title,” suggesting that Call of Duty 2020 could be revealed within Warzone itself. Players have already found Black Ops easter eggs in-game, such as the RC-XD, so it’s not beyond the realm of possibility.
In the same call, it was confirmed that this year’s Call of Duty is in a playable state, and is being developed by series veterans Treyarch and Raven Software.
Late last month we reported that Call of Duty 2020 may be called Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War. Of all things, promotional packets of Dorito’s have been spotted in the wild bearing the name, suggesting it is the title of the next entry in the franchise. An Alpha listing for an Activision game called The Red Door was found on the Microsoft Store earlier this month, which is rumoured to be a codename for Call of Duty 2020.
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