After years of gamers hoping and asking for the Call of Duty franchise to return to its roots, it looks like the series might be heading back to World War 2. And if a tweet from Kotaku’s Jason Schreier is to be believed, it looks like the official reveal of Call of Duty: WW2 could be coming this weekend.
The potential reveal of Call of Duty: WW2 comes via a NeoGAF thread that claims IGN is teasing a major announcement coming this weekend. When asked what the major announcement could be, Schreier replied confidently that “it starts with a ‘C’ and ends with an ‘all of Duty: WWII’”.
The return to wars past may be on the horizon for Call of Duty considering the strong success of Battlefield 1, which took players back to World War 1. While Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare beat out Battlefield 1 in sales last year, it didn’t perform nearly as well as its predecessors.
Even with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered attached to Infinite Warfare, the newest Call of Duty title continued the trend of Call of Duty games selling worse each year than the year before. It’s almost as if the farther Call of Duty moves into the future, the worse it performs financially.
Plus, considering the fact that the last World War 2 Call of Duty released almost a decade ago in 2008, it’s time for the series to return to its roots. Many wayward fans argue the series needs to set aside Exo suits and bring back the gritty ground wars that made Call of Duty the dominating franchise it is today.
It's worth noting that an official reveal of Call of Duty: WW2 this weekend would fit perfectly with the timeline Activision usually follows with new Call of Duty reveals. Each year, the publisher tends to announce the upcoming Call of Duty title in April or early May, typically during the NBA Playoffs.
When the next Call of Duty is revealed, it’ll be interesting to see what Sledgehammer Games has planned for the title. The developer already revealed that this year's Call of Duty game will be the studio’s biggest project to date. Hopefully that means gamers can expect an immersive, extensive single player campaign that goes well beyond the normal six or seven hours that have become customary for Call of Duty. Taking on a war like World War 2 requires a certain amount of finesse and storytelling that would be hard to fit in such a small package.
Additionally, as more games adopt the open world concept for campaigns, hopefully this will be an opportunity for Call of Duty to shed its linear-based campaign mold and offer something truly unique. Considering the lackluster sales the franchise has experienced year-over-year, it needs a significant change if it wants to survive in a growing competitive market.
Call of Duty: WW2 is rumored to be in development for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.