Call of Duty 2021 news, rumours and release date as NEW details about 'next gen' game leaked

CALL of Duty 2021 is right around the corner – and fresh details are dropping in fast.

We reveal everything we know so far, including the possible Call of Duty 2021 release date, storyline and integration with Warzone.

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Call of Duty 2021 – what is it?

Call of Duty 2021 is the next entry to one of the world's biggest gaming franchises.

Activision has confirmed that the game is coming, but precious little else is official.

We're expecting the game to launch before Christmas, and for it to integrate with Warzone in some way.

This time around, the game is being developed by Sledgehammer Games – and as usual, will be published by Activision.

Call of Duty 2021 release date – when is it out?

It's impossible to say exactly when Call of Duty 2021 will launch.

Until we catch wind of a compelling leak or an official announcement, we'll have to stick to educated guesswork.

Thankfully Activision is a creature of habit – and releases Call of Duty games at roughly the same time each year.

Here are some recent launches:

  • Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare – November 7, 2007
  • Call of Duty: World at War – November 11, 2008
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 – November 10, 2009
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops – November 9, 2010
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 – November 8, 2011
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 – November 12, 2012
  • Call of Duty Ghosts – November 5, 2013
  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare – November 4, 2014
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 – November 6, 2015
  • Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare – November 4, 2016
  • Call of Duty: WW2 – November 2, 2017
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 – October 12, 2018
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2019 – October 25, 2019
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War – November 13, 2020

As the history shows, Activision tends to stick almost exclusively to the beginning of November.

So we'd expect Call of Duty 2021 to come out somewhere between November 2 and November 13.

Activision also appears to prefer launching Call of Duty games on a Friday.

So if we were to guess at the Call of Duty 2021 release date, we'd go for Friday, November 5.

Of course it's entirely possible that the game could launch at a totally different time, so don't book the day off just yet.

Call of Duty 2021 news and rumours – what to expect

In May 2021, publisher Activision confirmed that the game would be developed by Sledgehammer Games.

That name will be familiar to long-time fans of the franchise.

The studio is wholly owned by Activision, and is responsible for some of the most iconic Call of Duty games.

Sledgehammer developed, co-developed or assisted with:

  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
  • Call of Duty: WWII
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War

We don't have much in the way of hard details.

Activision has said that the game is "built for next-generation experience".

That could mean any number of things, including advanced graphics for the PS5, Xbox and newer PC GPUs.

Or it could be linked to next-gen technologies like virtual or augmented reality.

Activision also hinted that it would "integrate with and enhance the existing COD ecosystem".

That probably means there'll be some link to Call of Duty Warzone, and the synchronised progress that the spin-off game offers.

However, this isn't confirmed – Activision is being intentionally vague, given that the game is still shrouded in mystery.

We don't know anything concrete about the storyline, though rumours are already swirling.

The big theory from tipster ModernWarzone is that the game will be called WW2: Vanguard – and will return to a World War 2 setting.

It's claimed that the game will take place in the 1950s, in an alternate universe where World War 2 rages on.

However none of this is confirmed by Activision, so take all rumours and leaks with due caution.

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