"According to those briefed on the overhaul, Treyarch will take creative leadership on this new Black Ops while Raven and Sledgehammer will serve as support studios for the game, transforming the work they've done on their own single-player story mode into a campaign for Black Ops 5, which will also be set during the Cold War", the report from Kotaku explains.
One main reason behind the studio switch is reportedly due to significant tensions between employees from Raven and Sledgehammer.
This does, however, give Treyarch two years rather than three to develop its next game, which is potentially a point of concern in an industry that's facing increased scrutiny on crunch and brutal overtime for developers.
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However, the new partnership has allegedly been a disaster, with both teams butting heads and forcing the publisher to step in and can the game entirely, calling in Treyarch to release Black Ops V in its place. We're here to talk about the 2019 Call of Duty release, which was touched on, briefly, in Schreier's report. Apparently, the change has happened because of disagreements between Raven and Sledgehammer over Call of Duty 2020, with staff members having argued frequently over the past year.
Schreier piece contained a timeline showing which developers have been working on Call of Duty since 2012.
Raven and Sledgehammer's game would take Call of Duty back to Vietnam, throw in a new single-player campaign and be set during the Cold War era. Two people familiar with the project described it as a mess.
It's unclear how this change will impact the Call of Duty franchise moving forward. As of late, Call of Duty has become synonymous with Activision's greed, and fans have definitely noticed.