Could it be? A new leak suggests that the next installment in the Call of Duty franchise is indeed going back to its World War II roots. This will be welcome news to gamers that have become tired of the futuristic atmosphere of recent releases, most notably Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare.
A series of images show posters for the game, Call of Duty WWII, which will launch later this year. The most interesting of the images appears to show Allied soldiers storming the beaches of Normandy — a horrific sequence of events that was vividly (and gruesomely) captured in the movie Saving Private Ryan. Other images allegedly show proposed steelbook case designs for the game.
Although nothing is officially confirmed at this point, PCGamesN says that it has received additional input from its own sources which suggest that this leak — and the game’s title — are accurate. If true, the timing of this leak shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, as Infinite Warfare and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered details were leaked around this time last year.
Adding more credibility to this leak are comments from Activision’s Blizzard's own executives. Chief Operating Officer Thomas Tippl said back in early February that Sledgehammer Games “will take Call of Duty back to its roots, and traditional combat will once again take center stage.”
Tippl went on to confirm that Infinite Warfare underperformed compared to its predecessors in sales and noted that “for a portion of our audience [that] the space setting just didn't resonate.” CEO Eric Hirshberg was more blunt, simply stating that the game “didn’t appeal to many of our fans.”
That last comment is putting it lightly, as Call of Duty fans savagely assailed the trailers for Infinite Warfare on YouTube. The reveal trailer has over 37 million views, 571,000 likes and nearly 3.5 million dislikes.
Given the success that Electronics Arts has found with Battlefield 1, which takes place during World War I, perhaps it is time for use to take another trip down memory lane.