Have you been enjoying the sci-fi aesthetic that Call of Duty has taken on in recent years? Well, according to Activision’s fourth quarter earnings report the series might be in for a change. A line from the presentation simply reads “2017 title will take Call of Duty back to its roots.”
In an earnings call reported on by Polygon Activision’s chief operating officer, Thomas Tippl, says that with last year’s Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare “it’s clear that for a portion of our audience the space setting didn’t resonate.” According to Polygon, the CEO of Activision Eric Hirshberg said that 2017’s Call of Duty was approved over 2 years ago.
This year’s Call of Duty developer, Sledgehammer, tweeted about their excitement for the project yesterday saying it is their “biggest achievement as game makers.”
We’re honored & excited to bring this year’s @Callofduty to fans everywhere! It’s our biggest achievement as game makers. Much more to come.
— Sledgehammer Games (@SHGames) February 9, 2017
What does this news mean? It could mean that Call of Duty is returning to WW2, a setting that the series hasn’t been set in since 2008 with Call of Duty: World at War. It could also mean that the Call of Duty may ditch the open nature of Infinite Warfare’s campaign in favor of a more linear story mode.
It’s likely we’ll hear the first news about 2017’s Call of Duty closer to E3, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare was announced in May of last year, so expect more teasers until an official announcement is made.
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