Call Of Duty World War 2 leak could be franchise ‘returning to its roots’ Call Of Duty World War 2 leak could be franchise ‘returning to its roots’
After what was arguably the toughest year for Call Of Duty in the franchise's storied history, Activision appears set to bring the experience back... Call Of Duty World War 2 leak could be franchise ‘returning to its roots’

After what was arguably the toughest year for Call Of Duty in the franchise’s storied history, Activision appears set to bring the experience back to where it all began: World War II.

While the publisher praised the quality of both Infinite Warfare and its bundled-in Modern Warfare Remastered, it admitted the 2017 entry “wasn’t the success” it had hoped it would be.

“Sales underperformed our expectations, and it’s clear that for a portion of our audience, the space setting just didn’t resonate,” Activision chief operating officer, Thomas Tippl, said during Activision’s Q4 2016 earnings summary. “We had a passionate experienced studio deeply committed to this direction, and despite the risks we saw, we believe it is important to consider the passions of our game teams in deciding what content to create.”

“While [Infinite Warfare] wasn’t the success we planned,” Tipple continued, “it allows us to protect a core tenets of our culture … empowering our talented teams to have the chance to pursue opportunities that they are passionate about.”

Activision said in February that it was making changes to win back its fanbase. A slide shown during a recent investors presentation suggested the publisher was taking Call Of Duty, “back to its roots”.

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That could only mean World War II, which was the setting of the first three Call Of Duty games.

New leaked images suggest that could very well be the case.

A YouTuber by the name of “TheFamilyVideoGamers” detailed an email sent to him by a supposed Activision insider claiming to have promotional images of a game called “Call Of Duty: WWII”. Check them out below.

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Setting the game in that era certainly doesn’t seem that outrageous an idea: EA and DICE brought Battlefield 1 to a relatively untouched era in WWI, and there’s been a loud cry from gamers for shooters to ditch the saturated futuristic setting for something more realistic and historically relevant.

More to the point, both Activision and Call Of Duty 2017 developer, Sledgehammer Games, have shown interest in the WWII setting.

In 2014, studio head Michael Condrey said in an interview with Gamespot that “a next generation game with the latest production values and robustness in a World War II setting like Band of Brothers would be amazing.

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Activision Publishing CEO, Eric Hirshberg, has also expressed interest in bringing the franchise back to that era.

So what do you think? Are the images legit? Are you happy to see Call Of Duty return to WWII? Sound off in the comments below!

 

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    March 27, 2017 #1 Author

    I honestly hope so, but won’t hold my breath. I’ve been revisiting MW2, World at War and Black Ops lately and it reminded me why I fell in love with the series. A good little storyline and a solid, playable shooter. I bought the Infinite Warfare/MW remastered bundle and I have finished MW a bunch of times, but still haven’t bothered to finish IW. I can’t get into it, it’s really weird with a weird story and the gameplay mechanics, while they would seem innovative to kids, are really just gimmicky and unnecessary for me. Boots on the ground for me.