We're almost definitely getting news on Call of Duty 2020 (opens in new tab) on Monday.
Activision has been sending out actual wooden crates to media outlets in the Call of Duty community with instructions that say, "Do not open this crate until August 10, 2020 - 12pm EDT." There's also a brief letter instructing recipients to send out a text at the stated time to receive a code that opens the lockbox on the crate.
So.......... 👁This just arrived from Activision. “Do not open this crate until August 10 at 12PM ET.” 🤔🧐 pic.twitter.com/scFTmAMZltAugust 6, 2020
It's possible the crate is holding news related to Modern Warfare or Warzone, but it's unlikely. It's unprecedented for Activision to go so long into the year without revealing a new Call of Duty - and consider the game was just recently confirmed by developers Treyarch and Raven Software (opens in new tab). Also, I'd imagine it's pretty expensive to send something that size through mail, so whatever's coming should be fairly big.
At least with regards to Call of Duty 2020, the rumor mill has been bountiful. A swelling of leaks and whispers in recent months all but confirms Call of Duty 2020 will be set in the Cold War period and be titled Call of Duty: Black Ops - Cold War (opens in new tab). One recent leak says Black Ops Cold War will include a new Warzone map, zombies, and a proper campaign (opens in new tab).
If history is any indication, Call of Duty 2020 will launch mid-October. Black Ops 4 (opens in new tab) and Modern Warfare were both moved from the usual November release date to launch a few weeks earlier. Considering that hypothetical launch window is only a few weeks away now, it's about time Activision lets us in on what they've got up their sleeves. By all indication, we'll have a clearer picture on Monday.
Do check out our ranking of the best Call of Duty games (opens in new tab) and let us know in the comments how much you agree with us.