Call of Duty

Call of Duty 2025 Rumored to Return to Advanced Warfare

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare came out in 2014.
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare came out in 2014. / Activision

The mainline Call of Duty entry for 2025 will return to the Advanced Warfare timeline for its setting, according to a report published Wednesday by WhatIfGaming.

Sledgehammer Games will return to the helm of the franchise in 2024 by virtue of Activision Blizzard's rotating studio schema, and WhatIfGaming says the studio has ground to make up after its last release, Vanguard, fell short of expectations. That meant the studio had to pivot away from its plan to continue pushing that story world forward, and it has now pitched a return to Advanced Warfare for its next outing, per the report.

WhatIfGaming does not name the source of its report, but the report's author, Ralph Valve, has previously published reports about the Call of Duty series that have proven accurate.

The last Call of Duty game in the Advanced Warfare setting met with a middling response, but demand for more frenetic action in the vein of Titanfall may be greater than it was at the time.

The next game in the Call of Duty franchise, Modern Warfare 2, is set for release on Oct. 28. The series will take a year off from its yearly release schedule in 2023, but Activision will still provide premium content for players in the off year.