Activision’s Call of Duty series is definitely going back to its roots. As we reported late last month based on leaked materials for the game, the latest installment in the franchise will be called simply Call of Duty: WWII.
The announcement of the game was made this afternoon via the official website for Call of Duty, and the worldwide premier of the new title will take place April 26th at 10AM PST.
The about-face comes after the Call of Duty series increasingly began moving away from its “real world” roots and into future combat environments. This shift in scope came to a head last year when Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare was announced. Reaction to the game was negative from the very start, with Call of Duty fans expressing their distaste for the game by unleashing a massive “thumbs down” campaign on YouTube for the launch trailer.
The negativity surrounding the game, which took place mainly in a futuristic sci-fi space environment, translated into poor sales. Activision CEO Eric Hirshberg admitted that Infinite Warfare “didn’t appeal to many of our fans,” while COO Thomas Tippl added that “for a portion of our audience [that] the space setting just didn't resonate.”
It also didn’t help that many gamers were enamored with Battlefield 1, which was released around the same time and took a “fresh” look at World War 1 with impressive graphics, immersive stories and engaging gameplay.
While we don’t have any concrete details on gameplay or any in-game footage to go on at this time, we’re sure to see (and hear) more next week during the full reveal.