Call of Duty fans may feel rejuvenated now that the franchise is returning to World War 2 with this year’s entry, but that doesn’t mean the series will continue using historical settings. According to a recent job posting from developer Treyarch, who is responsible for next year’s COD entry, the series might be keeping things modern for 2018.
The listing in question is looking for an applicant that has experience with “firearms and modern military technology.” Obviously it’s not a smoking gun in terms of where Call of Duty 2018 is set, but one has to figure if Treyarch was following Sledgehammer back to World War 2 the studio would not need a combat designer with modern military understanding.
While some may be disappointed to hear that Call of Duty is not sticking with historical settings, it’s important to point out that the three developer, three-year cycle for the franchise is limiting. Once Treyarch finished Black Ops 3, the studio moved onto its next project, not knowing that the call for a return to WW2 and boots on the ground would be so strong.
One has to surmise that Treyarch knew Sledgehammer was taking on that risk, but it was still a risk. At the time, no one likely knew how fans would respond.
The other telling piece of the job listing says that applicants will get the studio’s attention if he or she has reached Prestige 1 in Black Ops 3 multiplayer. That could simply mean the applicant is familiar with Treyarch’s brand or has an admiration for the company, or it could mean Call of Duty 2018’s multiplayer will feel a lot like Black Ops 3’s.
More than the lack of a historical setting, this detail could be the more contentious considering Black Ops 3’s multiplayer was not well received. In fact, it was the reliance on future technology and weaponry of Black Ops 3 and then Infinite Warfare that led to the outcry for a return to boots on the ground.
Needless to say, fans should take this information with a grain of salt because it doesn’t necessarily mean Treyarch’s game is going modern or futuristic. Call of Duty: WW2 hasn’t even released, and so we are still a few months away from hearing more about Call of Duty 2018.