Call of Duty 2020 reportedly a gritty reboot of the first Black Ops game

Written by Stuart Thomas on Mon, Mar 23, 2020 6:26 PM
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In a (un)surprising turn of events, Call of Duty is coming out with another game this year, but there has been much speculation as to what it would be. Call of Duty: WWII 2? Or Call of Duty: Black Ops 5? Well, it might not be either of them, or at least, kind of. Apparently Call of Duty 2020 will be a gritty reboot of Treyarch’s hit series Black Ops called, wait for it, Call of Duty: Black Ops.

It comes after the same way that the recent series by Infinity Ward, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, was rebooted, and will reportedly even use the same engine. Both Sledgehammer Games and Raven Software will be supporting Treyarch in making the reboot, which will include some of the same elements from the original game but also expand on them.

Most notably, both major characters from the original Call of Duty: Black Ops game, Alex Mason and Sergeant Frank Woods, will be returning but with brand new actors portraying them. Whilst the campaign will focus on a new story but with similar plot points as the original game, with more focus on the Vietnam war as it will be told from multiple perspectives.

You’ll have the standard multiplayer experience (as set by CoD: Modern Warfare now), with free multiplayer DLC and a battle pass, but there’s apparently talks of a Nazi Zombies Season Pass. Speaking of Nazi Zombies though, it seems like there will be a much more grounded focus on the story rather than the fanastical and magical elements as of recent, and possibly based around vietnam this time (though, ‘Vietnamese Zombies’ doesn’t quite ring the same bell).

What’s unclear though is how the battle royale mode will fit into this. Previously we thought that Call of Duty: Warzone will just be updated with new maps and weapons from the Call of Duty’s that are released at the time. But supposedly Sledgehammer is working on a free-to-play Call of Duty game slated for 2021, so maybe that won’t be the case?

As always, the next Call of Duty will arrive in the fourth quarter of this year, so expect to see some more news about it in the usual late April/May announcement times.

The only thing that I want to know though is will we get to rip ourselves out the chair in the main menu again? I remember that moment being jaw-dropping with me and my friends, let’s at least make that happen okay, Treyarch?

What do you think of the news? Does the idea of a Black Ops reboot excite you? What do you want from a reboot of the game? Different characters? Different story? Or the same? Let us know!

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18:15 Mar-26-2020

"the numbers mason! what do they mean??"

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22:06 Mar-25-2020

I am sure it won't be a good as the Cod MW 2019

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18:37 Mar-25-2020

Imo only good Call of Duty was first one. Everything after it just worse. I dropped series after Modern Warfare 3. It got stale and from what I have seen in single-player department new CoDs are still glorified QTEs. Point and click adventures where You follow NPC orders all the time through some of the most uninspired level design.

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16:47 Mar-24-2020

God damn, they have really run out of ideas over there haven't they?
Is this what they do now? just reboot the series every 5 years and carry on?

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16:55 Mar-24-2020

2007 to 2019 is more like 12 years and 2010 to 2020 is 10 years, but ok.

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18:34 Mar-25-2020

that's the thing. 2010 isn't old and doesn't need remakes and I'm saying it as 24 year old person who was only 14 at the time. Old is early 2000s at best.

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19:25 Mar-25-2020

it's a reboot, not a remake.

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14:51 Mar-24-2020

well atm im occupied with COD 4 MW (original one not reworked) multiplayer and couldn't care less about a new COD cuz playing this nostalgia is fun as it is
on the other hand COD Warzone seems amazing but with this quarantine and the dl speed im kinda skeptic about downloading 100 GB

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12:29 Mar-24-2020

Never felt even a little spark in COD games after Black Ops 3.The real COD is dead!

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12:32 Mar-24-2020

Black OPs 3 was crap as hell, MW 2019 is a real CoD, and BO1 was a real CoD and if this is a reboot in the style of BO1 but even grittier, it will be awesome.

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15:59 Mar-24-2020

Black Ops 3 was average at worst but it was not crap.But i do agree old COD games were way better.Thats why they keep recycling them instead of making a new great game.Looks like they dont have what it takes to do so anymore and past COD games are the proof.

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16:07 Mar-24-2020

Have you seen CoD MW 2019? More importantly, have you played it? O_O
It's the best CoD since CoD4 and (multiplayer-wise)CoD Ghosts.

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17:40 Mar-24-2020

Yes i played the beta then i played CoD Warzone too and i hated it!

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17:48 Mar-24-2020

Does that mean you hate a much better and improved CoD4? O_O

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18:12 Mar-24-2020

Time to kill is way too low and netcode is not good!

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18:47 Mar-24-2020

Post beta and post first week in general, the net-code has been flawless and the time to kill on average and mode(statistics) is faster than BO2, MW3, Ghosts and such... most weapons kill in 150-250ms. In Warzone time to kill is slow due to armor.


Compared to BO4's average and mode time to kill of 350-500ms and then AW to WW2's time to kill of 250-400ms, I'd say it's pretty quick time to kill overall.

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14:13 Mar-25-2020

Go and check video of Battle Nonsense on youtube.And time to kill is till too low.Players with 100ms ping get rekt easily.

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17:01 Mar-25-2020

I don't need to check youtube videos, the time to kill is slower than MW2 and CoD4, WaW, BO1 and you shouldn't be getting over 90ms anyway.
I have the stats for(almost) all weapons btw.
And the net code is just fine, I've had 0 problems with it from the get go and I get 60-90ms ping.

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21:57 Mar-23-2020

and let me guess, my game size will be way over 100gb when atm black ops 1 is around 11gb, they really need to sort that out

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22:33 Mar-23-2020

They should revert to BO1 graphics and the game will be no more than 15-20GB for sure.

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01:45 Mar-24-2020

Also no skins and such crap.

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19:46 Mar-23-2020

Are they just hitting F5 on the franchise keyboard? XD

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20:49 Mar-23-2020

Sure seems like it. lol

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19:26 Mar-23-2020

Did I read Vietnam?


Let's GOOO

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19:23 Mar-23-2020

They're grasping at straws. Can't wait for the inevitable reboot of the reboot.

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01:46 Mar-24-2020

As long as the game is good and improved enough, who cares?

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18:49 Mar-23-2020

something in the near future like BO2 would be great ..more room to expand in terms of weaponry and gameplay ..not bound to realistic representation

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22:35 Mar-23-2020

I disagree, BO2 had a meh campaign and story and the multiplayer was mediocre for a CoD game, so I personally don't want anything like BO2. And in general I think that the near future is kinda pointless. I'd like a CoD similar to Battlefield 2142, futuristic, but grounded and with tons of cool mecha-vehicles and game modes and such.

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