Call of Duty could finally be making its way back to a Nintendo platform. We haven’t seen the famed first-person shooter franchise on a Nintendo platform since 2012’s Black Ops 2 launched alongside Wii U. However, there are industry rumblings that a Call of Duty: WWII port could be in the works for Nintendo Switch.
That really wouldn’t be all that surprising. The console is blowing away Nintendo’s own sales records, with a strong install base that is prepared to fork over for popular and fun franchises.
While first-party games have been the most popular on the console, Switch owners have been clamouring for more third-party entries. Call of Duty: WWII would certainly be the biggest of the bunch to come to the console.
So where do these rumblings come from?
Well it all started when Beenox, a studio that has for years collaborated on the Call of Duty series including last year’s Modern Warfare Remastered, tweeted about a meeting with Canadian military representatives.
Nous recevons deux représentants de l’armée canadienne qui nous parlent de leur expérience et leur métier ! COD #onaçadanslsang pic.twitter.com/jZQkao2HvE
— Beenox (@BeenoxTeam) May 12, 2017
The caption is translated as: “We have two representatives from the Canadian army who tell us about their experience and their job!”
Not much to take from that, right?
Well it’s a little hard to not connect the dots. Beenox has a long history of porting Call of Duty games to other platforms, including Black Ops 3 to Xbox 360. They’ve also worked with Nintendo before, having developed Skylanders: SuperChargers and the two Amazing Spider-Man games for Wii U.
So obviously, with Call of Duty returning to WWII and now the studio tweeting this CoD-heavy picture, it’s clear that Beenox is working on something that is Call of Duty related.
But wait: there’s more!
The official Call of Duty website has been updated to allow players to link their online Nintendo Account to their Call of Duty profile.
That may not seem all that interesting, but it’s worth noting that previously you could only connect an Xbox Live, PlayStation Network or Steam account. You haven’t been able to connect a Nintendo account since the launch of Black Ops 2 on Wii U some five years ago, and Activision removed the feature when Black Ops 3 launched in 2015.
There’s no official word on Call of Duty: WWII coming to Switch, but it would be crazy for Activision to skip the platform all together. The portability of the franchise would certainly make it an appealing prospect.
It would also help mend wounds made by Destiny 2‘s skipping of the platform.
Wednesday 24th of May 2017
Nintendo needs games like this to justify charging for online IMO.
It will be interesting to see how it performs if true. Bungie said no to Destiny 2 on the Switch not due to hardware power, but due to online issues.