Treyarch's Call of Duty game is set for a release in November this year, with Activision keen on the studio to have it out "before the gifting season", CVG's rumouring.
A "senior UK trade source" told the site that the publisher has the game scheduled to arrive in the same period as World at War and Infinity Ward's Modern Warfare 2. Big shock there.
"Activision believes that it can own Christmas again, just as it has in the last two years.
"Development is on course - and Treyarch have been told the game must be ready to hit shelves before the gifting season," the site's source said.
The source also said that the rumours of the game being in Vietnam with a story influenced by movies such as Platoon and Apocalypse Now were correct.
Earlier today, insiders told VG247 that the COD coming after Treyarch's won't be developed by Infinity Ward.
Development on that is expected to be handled by Acti upstart Sledgehammer Games, which is managed by ex-Visceral heads Glen Schofield and Michael Condrey, said sources.