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With the current situation regarding the COVID-19 outbreak, millions of people now have to work from home. This includes video game developers, which is unfortunate but a necessary measure to ensure the safety of the employees. We’re not sure how long this will last, but what we do know is it could affect numerous aspects of the video game industry in 2020. Since working from home often results in less work happening, game updates and even releases could face delays. Leaks from yesterday indicate that one of these releases could be Call of Duty.
Call of Duty 2020 could see release date delays
Up to this point, we’ve seen a fair amount of information leaked about Call of Duty 2020. We know that it’s being developed by Treyarch and not Sledgehammer Games. We also know that it will be set in the Cold War/Vietnam War era and will keep the Black Ops name. There are also some additional leaks out there but aren’t nearly as substantiated.
Speaking further on Call of Duty 2020, one leaker with supposed inside sources said some interesting things on Twitter yesterday afternoon. This leaker, a YouTuber named Long Sensation, has a decent track record with Call of Duty leaks. However, his info is far from an official confirmation.
In his tweets, Long Sensation reaffirms what we already know about 2020. However, he goes on to mention that the game’s development is a mess and the COVID-19 outbreak certainly isn’t doing the game any favors.
Rumors speculate that Treyarch has been rushing the game’s development, leading to sloppy game design. Though, with the coronavirus now in play, the game is facing an entirely new set of challenges. Paired with the rushed development, it’s very possible that the COVID-19 outbreak could cause Activision to delay the release of 2020’s title.
As Long Sensation states, this doesn’t just apply to Call of Duty. It wouldn’t be surprising to see multiple developers postpone release dates of future games or updates.
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Joey Carr is a full-time writer for multiple esports and gaming websites. He has 6+ years of experience covering esports and traditional sporting events, including DreamHack Atlanta, Call of Duty Championships 2017, and Super Bowl 53.