This year's premium edition of "Call of Duty" will be a reboot, according to the latest credible rumor, but instead of "Modern Warfare 2" it's "Black Ops."
After 2019's iteration on the "Call of Duty" formula was an overhaul of 2007's sub-series foundation "Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare," it looks like 2020's entry could be returning to 2010's "Call of Duty: Black Ops."
YouTube channel The Gaming Revolution reports that a new game engine will allow for larger multiplayer scenarios, with a 32 vs 32 player mode mentioned.
Multiplayer expansions would be delivered free of charge, while a Season Pass format is said to be under consideration for a co-operative survival mode Zombies, which would lean further towards realism than has been customary.
The original "Call of Duty: Black Ops" has sold over 30 million copies over the course of its lifetime, making it one of the best-selling video games of all time -- and the best-selling games of the "Call of Duty" franchise -- putting it alongside the likes of more recent releases "Mario Kart 8" and "Red Dead Redemption 2."
As for how March's free battle royale juggernaut "Call of Duty: Warzone" fits into plans, one of the "Black Ops" development studios, Sledgehammer, is also said to be at work on a free-to-play "Call of Duty" game for 2021.
This one would contain open world and battle royale elements, per the report.
Fellow franchise studio Infinity Ward, which made 2019's "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare," was also involved in development of "Warzone."
The "Warzone" game encourages players to purchase "Modern Warfare" for an expanded experience, and both games use the same Season Pass.
It's not clear how Sledgehammer's 2021 title would affect or integrate with the existing "Warzone" offering.
The Gaming Revolution's report contradicts an earlier rumor from Twitter user Okami13_, who claimed "Modern Warfare 2 Remastered" would be out in 2020.
They staked their credibility on predictions made about the "Warzone" release cycle.
The Gaming Revolution was heavily involved in leaking several aspects of the "Warzone" release, identifying it as a standalone download for those that didn't already have "Modern Warfare" and among those confronted with takedown notices for unauthorized gameplay footage.
They had previously named "Modern Warfare 2 Remastered" and a sequel to the 2019 "Modern Warfare" remake as being in development at Activision studios, but labelled "Call of Duty 2020" as a separate project, and had leaked several aspects of "Modern Warfare" ahead of time.