Call Of Duty 2023 leak says it’s a Battlefield 2042 style Black Ops

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Black Ops 2042? (pic: Activision)

A rumour suggests the 2023 Call Of Duty will be another Black Ops title, and Activision’s usual development cycle means it’s probably true.

These Call Of Duty leaks are starting to get a bit ridiculous now. Call Of Duty: Vanguard’s identity was leaked multiple times before it was announced, details about the 2022 game surfaced before Vanguard even came out, and now someone’s claiming to have info on the 2023 game.

This leak/rumour comes from Twitter user RalphsValve, who only recently posted a bunch of information on the 2022 game, which is widely assumed to be a follow-up to the 2019 Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare reboot.

They claim that the 2023 game is being helmed by Treyarch and, as such, will be another entry in the Black Ops sub-series. Unlike the 2020 game, Call Of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, this one will be set in the near future, with RalphsValve saying it’ll be similar to the setting of Battlefield 2042.

While they offer no concrete evidence, it’s easy to believe that the 2023 game will be another Black Ops entry. After all, anyone familiar with the Call Of Duty development cycle knows that it rotates between three main studios: Infinity Ward, Treyarch, and Sledgehammer Games.

Since Sledgehammer Games did the most recent game, Call Of Duty: Vanguard, and Treyarch did Black Ops Cold War before that, it means Infinity Ward is developing the 2022 game, and Treyarch is undoubtedly in charge of the 2023 title. Treyarch’s Call Of Duty contributions consist almost entirely of Black Ops games, so 2023 having another is a very safe bet.

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Whatever the 2023 game is, it’s likely too early in production for there to be any substantial information. By comparison, a lot is supposedly already known about the 2022 game, which is said to focus on drug cartels rather than the original Modern Warfare 2’s Russian invasion plot.

So far, Call Of Duty: Vanguard has received relatively positive reviews from critics, although the lack of review copies sent out means most sites (including us) haven’t posted theirs yet.

It also doesn’t change the fact that Activision is still facing scrutiny and criticism over the harassment lawsuit filed by the State of California earlier in the year. The suit alleges that Activision allowed a toxic working environment to fester, resulting in multiple instances of abuse and discrimination.

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