This is the time of year when we should learn more about the upcoming Call of Duty game, and a new leak from the depths of Battle.net may point to an upcoming announcement. An encrypted version of what could be the next CoD with the code name "Slipstream" recently appeared on the client.
This information is provided by Helba, owner and operator of BlizzTrack, a standalone site that tracks new resources and compilations uploaded to the Battle.net client. Helba said on Twitter who discovered the Slipstream logo “alongside the resources of Call of Duty 2021 at Battle.net”. In a separate tweet, Helba also shared a backend code suggesting that Slipstream (also known as "Fore" in internal developer versions, apparently) will have an alpha before its release, which would be pretty standard for the upcoming Call of Duty. .
The styling of the Slipstream logo (which you can see below) coincides with strong rumors that this year's CoD game will return to World War II. Charlie Intel points out, Slipstream may also be a benchmark in 2008 Radio drama of World War II of the same name. So far we were referring to the project with its last known code name, Call of Duty: Vanguard. In May, Activision finally confirmed that Sledgehammer is leading the game's development.
As for the Slipstream name, it’s probably best not to read too much of it. Studies often assign code names to games whose real names have not been announced or decided, and often bear little resemblance to the final title. The logo, on the other hand, can share some features with the final brand of whatever turns out to be Call of Duty: Vanguard / Slipstream / Fore.
So far, Helba is also the only person who claims to have seen all this Slipstream business on Battle.net, so take it with a grain of salt. This all gets a little confusing, Activision. Maybe it's time for a proper revelation?