Call of Duty: Black Ops 10th Anniversary Video Released, Reboot Incoming?

by in Call of Duty | May, 18th 2020

Call of Duty players keep wondering what the next game in the long-running, annualized franchise will be, and it looks like we could be getting an answer soon. Treyarch posted today a new video celebrating the Call of Duty: Black Ops 10th anniversary, possibly hinting at what’s next in the process.

Black Ops 10th Anniversary Video Released

The Call of Duty: Black Ops 10th anniversary video was posted on YouTube today, Monday, May 18, in celebration of 10 years since the original Black Ops was revealed. It may seem odd to celebrate 10 years of a game announcement rather than a release, but such is the case.

As for what the Call of Duty: Black Ops 10th anniversary video contains, it is mainly a showcase for the original game that was released in 2010. It shows off much of the original singleplayer campaign with fan-favorite characters like Alex Mason and Frank Woods both making appearances.

If you miss the original Black Ops title, this is a great video for some nostalgia as it shows off some of the setpieces and moments from the singleplayer story. Black Ops went on to become one of the most beloved games in the series and for good reason.

It not only had its great story in the singleplayer campaign, but the multiplayer component was among the best in the business, and the Zombies mode wasn’t new but it cemented the game mode as the third core pillar of what made a Treyarch Call of Duty game.

History of the Black Ops Series

It wouldn’t take long for Activision to capitalize on the success of Black Ops by releasing a sequel that is arguably even more beloved in the community for the changes that it made. This was followed by Black Ops 3 that took a much different and more futuristic approach that was mixed, to say the least.

That trend would continue with Treyarch’s most recent game, Black Ops 4, that was even more controversial for the lack of a singleplayer campaign. It only had multiplayer and Zombies, with the third mode being filled by the series’ first battle royale component, Blackout.

Since then, Treyarch has been hard at work in the next game it will release in the Call of Duty series. Given that the Black Ops sub-series is perhaps the most successful and beloved in the series, it is very likely that the next game from the team will continue that sub-series.

That is exactly what rumors are saying will happen. We recently covered a rather suspicious rumor on Reddit, for example, that noted that the next game to release for the series in 2020 would be a soft reboot of the Call of Duty: Black Ops franchise.

Anniversary Video Potentially Hints at Next Black Ops Game

Rather than opting for a fifth entry in the series, this one would simply take the game back to its roots of having a singleplayer story that takes place in the Cold War-era of history. For many, this is exactly what players loved about the original title 10 years ago, so it is a welcome change of pace.

The Call of Duty: Black Ops 10th anniversary video seems to possibly hint at that as it does seem odd to us to celebrate the anniversary of a video game announcement, rather than a game release like most anniversaries will do.

The timing of all of this is rather interesting as well, as this comes right around the time that, well, a new Call of Duty game is typically announced for the year. As seen in the anniversary of the Black Ops announcement, this is the standard month and time for a new game in the series to be revealed.

But spoilers: here we are, more than halfway through May and there has been no announcement whatsoever for the next Call of Duty game in the series. There hasn’t even been a tease for the next game announcement, either, so we have no idea when that will be.

When We Might Hear About the Call of Duty 2020 Game

If we had to guess, we would hear something about a tease of when the next game will be revealed this week. That would make the most sense, and then have it be announced and shown off next week as it is the final week in this month.

But here we are with no announcement just yet. If we had to guess, though, this Call of Duty: Black Ops 10th anniversary video is the first step in getting to that reveal. And we are almost certain, at this point, that the Call of Duty 2020 game is likely to be the next Black Ops title.

This might seem odd considering that Treyarch just released the 2018 Call of Duty game and, typically, each team is on a three-year cycle where it will release its next game after two games have been published. But that is all potentially going to change this year.

Rumors say that Sledgehammer Games and its partner Raven Software have been dealing with some intense issues in developing the next game in the series. This has led to Treyarch having to come in and take over as the leading developer for the next Call of Duty title early.

The other two developers are supporting Treyarch, but this is rumored to be mainly its game. As such, it would seem likely that the next game would be potentially whatever Treyarch was already working on. This would more than likely be the next Black Ops game and we expect this to be the case.

We won’t have to wait too much longer to find out, though, as the next Call of Duty game is still geared to release this year, despite all of the coronavirus problems in the world. With that being the case, we expect to hear more about it before the end of the month. Stay tuned for that.


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