2025's Call of Duty reportedly a Black Ops 2 sequel

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2. Screenshot courtesy of Activision.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2. Screenshot courtesy of Activision. /

We're not even in 2024 yet, but already we're hearing rumors about 2025's Call of Duty game. Insider Gaming's Tom Henderson — a reliable insider who has been known for numerous Call of Duty leaks — reports that the 2025 installment of Call of Duty will be a sequel to Black Ops 2.

According to multiple sources familiar with Activision's plans, 2025's Call of Duty will be set in 2030, about five years after the events of Black Ops 2. While there were no specific plot details, Henderson says fans should expect to see the return of some fan-favorite characters as the team faces a new villain.

The report offers further details about the scope of the game, which will contain new maps as well as remastered Black Ops 2 maps. According to Henderson, the original plans only called for remastered maps released at launch, similar to how Modern Warfare 3 featured remastered maps from 2009's Modern Warfare 2. However, following criticism of Modern Warfare 3 — which many said felt like glorified DLC to its 2022 predecessor — Activision pivoted and will now release the 2025 game with both new and remastered maps.

As this game is still two years away, plans can be changed between now and then, so take this report with a grain of salt.

It's important to note that none of this should impact development on next year's Call of Duty game, which is also reportedly a Black Ops game, but one that will instead focus on the Gulf War and be set in the 1990s. It's reported that next year's Call of Duty game will also feature old maps too, with leaks suggesting the return of WMD from Black Ops and Grind from Black Ops 2.

With reports of 2025 featuring remakes of older maps, it's possible that plans have already changed within Activision. The publisher/developer — which was recently acquired by Microsoft in a massive deal — previously stated that it has mapped outs its Call of Duty games through 2027.