The Call of Duty title for 2020 is "on track" to be released on time, according to Activision COO Daniel Alegre.
Alegre confirmed that the unnamed newest edition in the COD series should be ready for release later in 2020, but did not give an estimated time frame, in an earnings call on May 5. These comments come in response to rumors that development of the game was behind schedule, even before the coronavirus outbreak.
The pandemic has brought challenges, Alegre said, as Activision have closed their offices and all employees are working from home.
"The shift to remote working does add complexity in some areas of the game development process, including creative collaboration, motion capture, voice-over work, localization and quality assurance, we are implementing mitigation measures to address each of these areas,” Alegre said. “This includes the next premium release of Call of Duty.”
Call of Duty 2020 Still on Track to Release This Year, Activision COO Says
Despite the challenges of the pandemic, Alegre remained confident that the game would be released on time. He also said that employees should use this situation as an opportunity to build on the success of Warzone, the best selling COD title ever.
"Regardless of location, our teams remain focused on executing against our four strategic growth pillars," Alegre said. "Now more than ever, players new and existing are looking for connection through epic entertainment, and our mission is to make that available to them."
Little information has been released about the upcoming title, but it is widely known that Treyarch have been tasked with developing of the game. Both they and Activision have have remained secretive on the game's details, and have not provided a timeline for when information will be released.
One high-profile rumor floating about the new game is that it will be set in Vietnam. Originally, Sledgehammer Games was going to develop the game and had a Cold War theme planned, but Treyarch pivoted after taking over the project.